When Mirelle Guiliano released bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat in 2005, millions were captivated by her idea.
Now Barney’s creative ambassador-at-large, Simon Doonan has harnessed the same idea with his new book, Gay Men Don’t Get Fat.
In a playful nod to Guiliano’s guide, Mr Doonan explains what constitutes ‘gay food’ and why, generally speaking, heterosexual men tend to pile on the pounds more easily than their gay counterparts.
According to the Slate.com humorist, ‘gay food’ is lighter, less carb-loaded, and less fatty. The ingredients are diet-conscious and arranged with attention to detail rather than thrown from the deep-fryer on to the plate.
In an interview with the New York Times, the drole author offered a simple illustration of his point: ‘Gay chips are baked,’ he said. ‘Straight chips are deep-fried.’
Delving into some self-confessed gender-stereotyping, he said: ‘I have a lot of straight friends. And a lot of them are a very different shape.
‘The word “burly” springs to mind. And that’s a function of eating too many meatloafs, too many steaks, too many jumbo burritos.’
Mr Doonan believes that all food can be divided into two categories: gay or straight, and that the trick to keeping trim is to indulge in a bit of both.
His advice was to ‘mix it up. Gay men don’t stay trim because they only eat gay food. I don’t live on macarons and lettuce.’
Macarons, in his view are the ultimate in gay gastronomical delights.
Describing the whimsical design of gay foods he said: ‘The macaron craze is the ne plus ultra of gay fooderie. I can’t believe any red-blooded straight guy can even walk into a macaron shop. If you wanted to ruin a politician’s career, just publish a picture of him shopping for macarons’.
The outspoken Brit, whose books are usually written for and adored by a female fan-base, admits to enjoying the sweeping generalisations about heterosexual men he makes in his new book.
He claims that ‘sweeping generalizations are the key to everything, and they invariably contain nuggets of truth’,
So for those looking to lose weight the gay way, it’s salad with light dressing, lean meats or sushi and glazed fruits in their jus for desert. In the meantime, Mr Doonan advises snacking on dried fruits.
But take heed, he warned: ‘You have to be careful with the dried apricots because they really do make you gassy.’