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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy : The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better Hardcover – February 10, 2004

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Complete with sound effects, techno music and an amusing glossary-which defines the Fab Five as "stylish and savvy saviors of straightness"-this audio package possesses all the vibrancy and humor of an episode, as well as some sound advice. In the longest but most useful section, Allen covers everything from the "10 culinary weapons every man should own" (eight-inch chef's knife, 12-inch tongs, etc.) to simple cocktail recipes and dinner menus that are sure to make a date swoon. Listeners should keep a notepad and pen handy for this section, as well as for Kressley's contribution on the dos and don'ts of couture: "Pleated pants are never the answer," but cowboy boots are a closet essential. Douglas's section feels thin at times, but listeners will perk up when he stops talking about unsightly "nose-bush" and moves on to skin care. Filicia, meanwhile, tells people how to spruce up a space by applying "paint-on architecture," and Rodriguez reveals where all the women are hiding and how to impress them ("make it cultural" by going to a play, museum or lecture). The Fab Five succeed in keeping the tone of their readings conversational, and "hip tips" and "straightguy" questions, which are posed in comically exaggerated straight guy voices, lend the audiobook an interactive feel. With its lively dance pace, light humor and bonus q&a, this audiobook is certain to snare fans of the show.
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Adult/High School–A witty, yet sound manual based on the hit television show. A chapter is devoted to each star's area of expertise–Ted on food and wine, Kyan on grooming, Thom on decorating, Carson on fashion, and Jai on "culture." Some of the information, such as Ted's mixed-drinks recipes and recommended bar essentials, or Thom's advice on how to redo bathrooms and dining rooms, will be more than teens are currently interested in, but the general recommendations (Ted: "let that anxiety go"; Thom: "understand your space") should at least provoke thinking out of the box. More germane to YAs is Kyan's chapter on hygiene and Carson's smart couture pointers, while Jai's advice on "interacting with humans" is so felicitous that it could be adopted by both sexes. The pages are chock-full of color, including quality photos; "hiptips" and "straightguyFAQ" boxes appear on almost every other page. Each chapter contains one or more lists of five items, such as classics every man should own, elements of a perfect shave, and dishes not to order on a date. A glossary helps the uninitiated understand the meaning of terms from astringent to julienne to the Five's ubiquitous "tszujing." Underneath the humor and the occasional sexual innuendo are the book's strength and appeal: sincere, commonsense advice on how to be "you–only better."–Dori DeSpain, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (February 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140005446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400054466
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By now everyone knows the premise of the show: five gay men (aka The Fab Five) bust into some poorly dressed, hygienically clueless and culturally unaware straight guy's messy home (a guy, for instance, like me or probably you if you're reading this) and set him... well... straight on a few things. The book, like the show, is divided up into five areas.
Ted/Food: Definitely the meatiest section of the book (pun intended). I got more useable info out of Ted's few page crash-course in wine than I did out of complete wine books I've read. And the list of kitchen essentials is great. Also included are some not-to-complicated looking recipes, lists of bar essentials, directions on mixing various cocktails, Steak 101 and a brief guide to fresh produce. With Ted as my witness, I'll never eat Hot Pockets again! (Well, maybe not `never,' but less often.)
Kyan/Grooming: I thought this section of the book was a bit lacking. Don't get me wrong - there's plenty of great information here. I just wanted more at the end. After all, I think this is the area that most guys are perhaps the most clueless. The essentials are covered, from what hair product does what and proper moisturizing through shaving and hair removal. And, of course, BUY A NOSE HAIR TRIMMER!!!
Thom/Decorating: This section wasn't quite what I expected. I expected more specifics. And I'm glad I didn't get them. Thom can't tell me how to decorate my place to make it my own. But what he did do was give me an idea how/where to start and got me thinking in terms of color palettes. Again, I got more out of a few pages here than entire decorating books.
Carson/Fashion: Some great dos and don'ts in this section, as well as lists of fashion `essentials' each guy should have in his closet.
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Every woman who has wished that she could get a gay man to take her guy shopping--and every hetero man who would like to figure out how to unstick himself from the tarpit of cultural ignorance--has managed to make "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" a major hit. Absorbing all that information in a fast-paced TV show, however, can become challenging. The Fab 5's book retains the same breezy, frank, gay-joking tone of the show while providing an easy-to-use reference that guys can come back to--or gals can use to drop a subtle hint to their favorite caveman.
Sure, guys could probably get the same information by reading cooking and decorating magazines, subscribing to GQ, calling the local Mary Kay rep, and (gasp) listening to women, but the Fab 5's guide does a great job putting together key information on food, grooming, decorating, fashion and culture in a fun and focused way.
"Right now, in cities and towns across this great land, there are men eating pork-n-beans out of the can, grooming like Neanderthals, and dressing themselves in the darkness of utter couture-ignorance. (The tragedy!) You needed us, and we were there."
The chatty format and clean layout makes the information accessible and quick to find. Each section contains helpful 5-point lists. Short straight-guy FAQs, Q&As and "hiptips" sprinkle the chapters with easily digested ideas. The writing style is a crack-up, filled with the gay-straight double entendres that make the show fun to watch.
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Reading this book confirmed what watching the TV show made me suspect - I have no idea how to run my own life. This is the book every mother should give her son before he moves away to college or gets an apartment of his own. Life is full of stuff we all are SUPPOSED to know but nobody ever tells us about. Why was there never a guidebook before? As soon as the show started, I wondered when the Fab Five were going to write down their accumulated wisdom.
The book itself is kind of a coffee table book - expensive and heavily illustrated. Each of the five writes his own section which covers the basics in every area of expertise.
TED: What tools you need in your kitchen. When to buy produce. How to make cocktails. He tells you to NEVER smell the cork. There are a whole bunch of recipes in this section as well.
KYAN: I never had that "how to shave" talk with my dad - probably because he doesn't know how himself. Kyan tells you how. He also tells you how to properly wash and care for your face and hair. You'll find out the difference between styling gel and pomade.
THOM: You know more about decorating than you think you do. You'll find out how to paint those rectangles on your walls.
CARSON: Fashion - this is the most indispensable part of the book for me as I have no fashion sense whatsoever. You'll find out what to look for in a suit, what kind of clothes you should own, how to buy jeans, and the all-important pocket-square.
JAI: He has the hardest job on the show because he has the most nebulous job description. Yet, he does come up with a lot of useful tips for his section - how to shake hands properly, how to be the perfect party host/guest, and how to go on a date.
Every section is pretty funny and it makes a good reference book to keep coming back to.
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