Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Skinny.

There's more to life than being skinny.

In this book, Kim Barnouin, one half of the svelte duo that started it all, proves it. In the other Skinny Bitch titles, the no-nonsense message is to "stop cooking crap." In the Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook the focus is on choosing organic, minimally processed, non-GMO ingredients. It's less about a skinny image and more about living healthfully. Because we all know that just because you're thin doesn't mean you are a good eater making solid nutrition decisions.

I do, however, miss the tough stuff. It seems that the author has mellowed out, with a gentler approach this time around. In Part Two, Barnouin explains herself and what being a Skinny Bitch is all about. It starts to click.

Do I like it when people get yelled at for eating like crap? Absolutely. I believe that we need someone who will lay it out for us in plain, offensive English. Especially if you grew up with a silver spoon of constant praise covered in chocolate mousse.

That doesn't work for everyone, though.

Barnouin presents a happy medium in Ultimate Everyday. She throws her spunk into the kitchen, churning out recipes that are both approachable and yet far more advanced than the creations from earlier books, which included more basic recipes.

Nutritional information is included with every recipe. Highlights include:

Curried Chickpea Cakes
Kale Ravioli w Chili Vinaigrette
Squash Linguini w Vegan Cream Sauce
Kabocha Squash Custard

I'll best testing out some recipes in the next couple of weeks. Is Skinny Bitch for you? If you're a fan and ready for the next level, yes. This isn't the book I'd break out for an elaborate dinner party, but for casual, everyday vegan cooking, I will certainly embrace my SB.


The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

Kale Ravioli? WOW. That sounds delicious.

I'm with you; the reason I liked skinny bitch was the no bullshit tone; the lack of a sugar-coating if you will. I know a lot of folks found it offensive-but not me; sometimes I need a good kick in the butt.

runningphoodie said...

Oh wow, I just bought this book earlier today and then I saw your post! I look forward to your reviews of the recipes you try!