Skinny Bitch was not the finest piece of writing I've ever put my eyes on. Far from.
It was mildly entertaining enough that both the fiance and his best man had no shame in reading it. They even brought it up in conversation. So, yes, it sits on the cookbook shelf, along with Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, though many of the recipes in it are so basic that it reads like my diet at ages 15-20 (my first five years of veg).
I think of the book as a gateway read for anyone interested in cutting down on meat. It's not nearly as life-changing as Bittman's Food Matters. It's a quick read, witty enough, and the name just sells it. There's even a Skinny Bastard, too.
Eating reasonably for health, energy, and well-being doesn't make you a bitch. It makes the most sense. We see Alicia Silverstone spin it another way with The Kind Diet. I like her approach better because it's less "Eat right or I'm going to slice off your tongue with my stiletto" and more "Let's fast tomorrow and give each other coconut oil massages".
Still, even brutality helps. If you like it rough, co-author Kim Barnouin will be at the Free Library next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to promote Skinny Couple in a Box.