I read Skinny Bitch about three months ago on the recommendation of a friend. I have been unable to eat meat ever since. For some reason, mercury poisoning from fish doesn’t scare me as much (who doesn’t want to glow?) so seafood is still in.
For those of you who have not read or heard of the New York Time’s Bestseller written by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, it’s a potty-mouthed (which I love), tough-love guide seemingly written by your little sister (the one your roll your eyes at every time she says or does something shocking) that explains why you look and feel like shit. Their definition of a Skinny Bitch is: someone who enjoys food, eats well, and loves her body as a result. It has nothing to do with how much yo weigh or what size you are! Skinny Bitches come in all beautiful shapes and sizes.
You are what you eat and sometimes you need a girlfriend or sister to tell you straight up. Here is the first book in a nutshell (but read the book):
1) Meat is the devil. It’s loaded with nasty shit like pesticides and hormones and leads to funky diseases. The FDA is out to kill us all for the quest of the almighty dollar.
2) Dairy is for babies, not adults. They dare you to suck on an udder (I’m using kinder language). It’s to blame for osteoporosis, acne and anxiety among other things.
3) Carbs have gotten a bad rap. Eat complex carbs like whole grains and avoid simple carbs like white bread.
So I finished the book and ran to my nearest health food store to buy only organic and blow double the amount of money I am used to spending on my veggies. Not only that, soy cheese has to be the grossest thing I have ever put in my mouth. I am not exaggerating. Oh and my husband is about to kill me because I am no longer fun to eat with and eating at restaurants has become a drag (that’s why I added seafood back in).
So what’s a girl to eat that doesn’t taste like rat poisoning? I am assuming the authors were slammed with this question so they released a cookbook last month (December 2007)! Skinny Bitch in the Kitch…Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot). The cookbook contains 75 recipes that should help satisfy any craving the vegan/healthy way.
The chapters are broken down by headings like:
Bitchin’ Breakfasts: Basic Pancakes, Bitchin’ Breakfast Burrito and a Denver Bitchlette for Two
Grown-Up Appetizers (no faux-chicken nuggets): Crabby Cakes with Remoulade, Stuffed Mushrooms and Spicy Sushi Rolls with Avocado and Cucumber
Hearty-Ass Sandwiches: Reuben-esque, Club Sandwich and a Philly Cheesesteak
Down-Home Cookin’: Macaroni and Four Cheeses, Oven-Fried "Chicken" and Cornbread and Potato Skins with all the Fixin’s
Skinny Bitch Stapple Meals: Big-Ass Veggie Burrito, Double-Dip Fondue, French Lentil Salad
Happy Endings: Chocalte Chip Cookies, Bitchtastic Brownies and Cheezecake
There is also a glossary of terms as many of the needed ingredients will be foreign to most and conversion charts.
I tried a few of these recipes (on my dear husband) and they were actually pretty tasty. Add this book to your cookbook collection as an effort to get healthy in 2008! Besides, both are a fun read.
Skinny Bitch in the Kitch is $8.97 at Amazon
Here is a link to an article from the Tuesday, January 2, 2008 New York Times