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This Is Why You're Fat [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Amason , Richard Blakeley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Food was once the providence of celebrated chefs and critical connoisseurs. Cooking shows featured all gourmet creations and web sites displayed artfully photographed delights.

Then something changed.

Perhaps it was the desensitizing of web culture or perhaps it was a cry for help from the food-loving public. But by God - there came a day when fancy vegetable towers came crashing down and $50 mushrooms were no longer acceptable. Amason and Blakley wanted see the old stand-bys, the carnival foods of their childhoods, the sticky mess of a deep-fried candy bar, the indulgence of a greasy burger with all the fixins.

It was the birth of the nasty food web-trend. And it was delicious.

The website This is Why You′re Fat is an ode to this trend - whether seen as a commentary on North American dietary habits or a celebration of the deliciously bad - Amason and Blakey are devoted to the world′s newfound obsession with over-the-top food. Within its first month the site pulled in over ten million eye balls, and attracted major nation media including CNN. The world cooked, they listened.

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“Warning: Don’t eat before, during or after you’ve seen this blog.”

About the Author

Richard Blakeley has been fascinated with video since he was a senior in high school. After graduating from the Pratt Institute in 2006, he landed a job as video editor with Gawker Media and is now the head of its video department. During his time at Gawker, Richard has worked in independent web design for high profile clients and hosted a series of monthly networking events for New York-based media professionals called Media Meshing.

Jessica Amason has always been something of a trend-hunter-from breaking new bands as a music journalist to highlighting the latest web trends as lead blogger for After graduating from The University of Georgia and University of Madrid, Jessica moved to New York, where she worked as a music journalist for various publications including The Associated Press and as a columnist for The Aquarian Weekly. Naturally, Jessica's penchant for connecting people and cultural trends brought her to AOL's web culture blog,, where she has gained a reputation as the site's trend-hunter extraordinaire and has been known to be called a "meme queen."

Product Details

  • File Size: 2669 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061936634
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 Original edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SR2QH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed May 7, 2010
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I purchased this item based on the web site [...] , expecting the book to be a reference guide for many of the items on the site. As it turns out, the book is a bit outdated, as many, many of the items on the site are not in the book. In addition, at the very least, I would have expected to see recipes for all the items detailed in the book, but to my surprise it appears that it only has about 1/2 of them detailed and most of these are the extreme meat dishes. Granted, many of the food concoctions can be taken apart based on a picture, but to have a book just showing the same picture with a couple more sentences thrown in for good measure is not what I would have purchased. Finally, the book making quality was a bit off. Within a few minutes of looking through the book, a couple of pages came loose from the binding. I would rather have paid more for a book that offered more detail, than purchase this one.
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I purchased this book as a gift but couldn't help reading it before I wrapped it... this has to be the most disgusting book I have flipped through and I couldn't believe that some of the pages contained recipes to actually make these horrid concoctions.

I would say that it's worth looking through... fun to give as a gift... but a heart-attack waiting to happen if you actually ate any of it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting February 4, 2013
By Mary
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't imagine what has motivated people to invent the disgusting recipes of the foods highlighted in this book, but I assume most of them have died of heart attacks by now. I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at the pictures. Please don't print a sequel.
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"Jessica (Amason) and Richard (Blakely) live in New York City ... and make trouble wherever possible." - About the Authors, from THIS IS WHY YOU'RE FAT

THIS IS WHY YOUR FAT is a small photo album of what may be some of the most unhealthy, obesity-inducing, and atherosclerosis-assuring food creations ever to haunt the feverish nightmares of the Food Police. By my count, the book lovingly reveals 105 (though I may be off by a couple).

The volume is divided into five general categories of outrage: Introduction (a compendium of the miscellaneous), Breakfasts of Champions, Bacon Gone Wild, Souped-up Sandwiches, and Big-time Burgers.

More useful, perhaps, is the division among entries between those food items - yes, it's still food despite what any nutritionist will tell you - created by individual contributors and those offered by eating establishments. While all are photographed in loving color and grease, only the former may include actual recipes. For the latter, the name and location of the eatery is identified (and perhaps even recognizable from the cable TV's "Man vs. Food", a show that proves to any viewer that no culinary fantasy is too large or conceptually extreme and there's always someone willing to eat it).

The authors make no attempt to finesse the subject matter or even produce a publication that will stand the test of time - the pages of my copy are already coming loose from the binding. However, the "OMG!" quotient is satisfyingly high. The photos are almost pornographic in their social acceptability (or lack thereof), which means that they'll probably be leered at secretly or otherwise by most people who have access to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bon appetit! November 16, 2009
This book is a MUST for any weight-watchers on your shopping list. It's guaranteed to make them lose their appetites. They'll thank you for it! Fascinating recipes, it's a tribute to the human imagination. Once you start looking, you can't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How fun and how gross November 19, 2009
This is such a fun book for holiday gift giving. I showed it to some friends and they are planning a whole party using some of the recipes. It should be an interesting time for all attending. Tums will be served for dessert.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from The Neverending Shelf November 3, 2009
This is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks is the most disgustingly refreshing novel that I have ever read. The short novel is packed with pages of mouth watering recipes and pictures of items such as Grilled Cheesecake Sandwich and my personal favorite, Deep-Fried Moonpie Burger. While there is not much commentary on the items featured, the tongue-in-cheek novel kept me entertained for hours. This is a book I would definitely recommend if you are in need of a good laugh, even if it is at our own society's expense.
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