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Product Details

  • Paperback: 133 pages
  • Publisher: HarpPeren; 1 Original edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061936634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061936630
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Nothing illustrates our nation’s bipolar attitude toward eating more hilariously than this visual coronary. A stomach-turning delight.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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

“Irresistible” (Boing Boing)

“If you dare to eat any of these, make sure you have a cardiologist on speed dial.” (CNN.com)

“I love me some This Is Why You’re Fat. It’s hardcore, wet and sloppy, extreme, take-no-prisoners, get down and dirty food porn. And I, for one, cannot get enough of it.” (The Frisky)

“This collection of “deliciously gross food” from across the blogosphere is simultaneously disgusting, fascinating, and sometimes perversely drool-inducing.” (Chow Bella, Phoenix New Times)

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 Urlesque.com. 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, Urlesque.com, where she has gained a reputation as the site's trend-hunter extraordinaire and has been known to be called a "meme queen."

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Customer Reviews

This is the perfect gift for the holiday!
elouad
As it turns out, the book is a bit outdated, as many, many of the items on the site are not in the book.
C. A. Deen
Once you start looking, you can't put it down.
E. A. Schneider

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Deen on 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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By Mary on February 4, 2013
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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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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By Kport diner on November 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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By E. A. Schneider on November 16, 2009
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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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