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This is Why You're Fat!

Food once was the providence of celebrated chefs and critical connoisseurs. Cooking shows featured all-gourmet creations while websites displayed artfully photographed delights--but then something changed. Junk food lovers (and haters) wanted to see old standbys: the carnival foods of their childhoods, the sticky mess of a deep-fried candy bar and the indulgence of a greasy burger with all the fixin's. Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley of New York City--she, a blogger-journalist; he, a video editor; together, they throw media parties and "make trouble wherever possible"--sought to highlight this community. So they launched a website, thisiswhyyourefatcom, and within a month pulled in more than 10,000 hits.


Next up for the voraciously wicked couple was the HarperStudio-published book, This is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks, which went to print just a few months ago. It details, visually and via recipe, some of the best of the country's worst recipes and the inspiration from their creators. Devoted to the world's obsession with over-the-top food, Amason and Blakeley have included such culinary specialties as the Deep-Fried MoonPie Burger, the 29,559 Calorie Sandwich, Cadbury Egg Nog, Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies, Slim Jim Shooters, Grilled Cheescake Sandwich, White Castle Casserole, The Porkgasm ... well, you get the idea.


This book can be viewed as a commentary on dietary habits or a celebration of the scrumptiously appalling--or, as one reviewer commented, "Warning: Don't eat before, during, or after you've seen this."

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Title Annotation:This is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks; What's New?
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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