All the Gnomes Are Fat

All the Gnomes Are Fat

Update: 2023-09-14


Today Virginia is chatting with Phoebe Wahl, an award winning illustrator, surface designer, and author of several books, including the brand new illustrated young adult novel Phoebe’s Diary.

If you order Phoebe’s Diary from the Burnt Toast Bookshop, you can get 10 percent off that purchase if you also order (or have already ordered!) Fat Talk! (Just use the code FATTALK at checkout.)

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Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.


Sonya’s Chickens

Little Witch Hazel

The Blue House

Backyard Fairies

fat in picture books

Strega Nona

journals from LEUCHTTURM1917

journals from Hand Book

Rotring pens

Pentel markers 

Kuretake brush pens

Daniel Smith watercolors

Lauren Leavell

I don’t care about your diet sticker 

Phoebe on Instagram

Phoebe's shop

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The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting anti-diet, body liberation journalism. 

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All the Gnomes Are Fat

All the Gnomes Are Fat

Virginia Sole-Smith