Sunday, February 10, 2008

Review of Skinny Bitch in the Kitch

(Image courtesy of The Times)

I came across a review of the book Skinny Bitch in the Kitch in South Africa's The Times. The cookbook is a follow-up to Skinny Bitch, written by Rory Freedman (left) and Kim Barnouin.

Here are some excerpts:

The authors' new cookbook, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, was published in December and reached No 6 on The New York Times best-seller list in the paperback advice category.

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch helpfully condenses the entire contents of the first book down to three pages (meat is murder; carbohydrates do not make you fat; always read the ingredients and don’t eat anything you can't pronounce).

After Skinny Bitch was published, the authors were overwhelmed by requests for recipes and menus. "There comes a time in your life when you have to learn to cook," Barnouin said. "For us, this was it."

The cookbook makes little use of the traditional Asian meat substitutes (there is only one recipe each for seitan and tempeh) but there is a lot of frozen Italian "sausage" and vegan creamer sprinkled around.

The authors go beyond veganism at many points, rejecting olive oil for cooking in favour of coconut oil (they believe heating olive oil makes it dangerous to health) and disallowing non-whole-grain foods like semolina pasta and white rice.

The authors do occasionally take a break from swearing to ... encourage readers to eat their fill of foods like avocados, nuts and fruit without worrying about calories and carbs. [Freedman says,] "Just stuff yourself with things that are good for you, and you will be fine."

Read the whole review here.


the vegan blog tracker said...

It's great that a book such as this is making veganism popular in a fun, engaging way. How exciting!

Billy said...

I know, I'm so glad this book was written. Veganism appeals to people in many different ways (health, environmental, and ethical reasons).

Thanks for the comment and thanks for adding me to the Vegan Blog Tracker! I'll have to make sure to keep posting often now. :)

Happy Herbivore said...

i LOVE that cookbook! I've given both the book and the cookbook to everyone I care about as gifts. I've made about 8 of the dishes and they were unbelievable! and the books are so cheap! those girls deserve many cheers!

Anonymous said...

The employment of sexist, ala PETA tactics to further veganism, serves only to further sexism, and the detriments of perverse, male construct of the "perfect, thin," "ideal" female. As a vegan, I wouldn't support it.