Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook
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Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook

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It's been five years and five books since Kim Barnouin co-authored the no-nonsense, tough-love Skinny Bitch (9780762424931). Since that two-million copy bestseller, she has matured as a cook, a nutritionist, and a mom. Successfully juggling all those specialties, this self-proclaimed "Healthy Bitch" arrives with a new cookbook with nearly 150 recipes that accent healthy se

ebook, 288 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Running Press Book Publishers (first published October 5th 2010)
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As far as cookbooks go, this one isn't bad. The recipes look good (although without it in front of me I can't remember for the life of me exactly which ones appeal to me) and the photography is lovely. Barnouin's writing works my nerves, though. Look, I love a conversational style of writing in my cookbooks (Isa Chandra Moskowitz does this very well in her vegan cookbooks), but Barnouin...well, I just don't like her. Instead of coming across as friendly, which she's clearly trying to do, she com...more
Steven Peterson
An interesting cookbook. A Vegan adventure. There are a lot of interesting features to the book. Part One emphasizes sustainability. She notes a number of ways that the way we eat affects the environment: greenhouse gases water supply and pollution, deforestation, biodiversity, and fish depletion. So, there are some major issues addressed, albeit briefly. On page 24, we read the author's tips for understanding what's in the food (e.g., cholesterol, sodium, good versus bad fats). Suggestions on b...more
I didn't buy into the hype of the "Skinny Bitch" books at first but once you get over the funny titles like Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, you will find a knowledgeable and simply hilarious author. I enjoyed her straightforward approach to food and cooking. There isn't enough info out there (except for Michael Pollan and his kind) on the virtues of eating real, local, and/or organic food in season. They are both better for the planet but also are more effective in helping you lose weight. I'm an omn...more
Anne-Marie Jean
This is my to do book, it's on my phone, my Kobo and my computer. Tried almost all the dishes. Except for a couple of recipes I wouldn't redo (more on personal preference for spices), the rest are just delicious!
It's weird to find so much shilling for stuff in a book that purports to promote a "greener" lifestyle: I always thought that the first and last rule of environmentally conscious life was to buy as little crap as possible. Especially electrical appliances. But I get it. Kim Barnouin needs to pay her rent, just like the rest of us. Plus, who doesn't like getting new stuff? Especially electric appliances. I know I do.

Most of the recipes seem really good though, and I would love to try my hand at m...more
Yes, I'm a foodie, but no I am not a vegan. I got this book because I've always enjoyed the Skinny B writing style (though I hate the name--I'm not a huge fan of the B word). Also, I shattered my ear drum (ouch, yes, pregnant and deaf in one ear--not to worry it will heal), but the nurse/midwife suggested that I stop eating dairy (which I usually do, but have been eating through pregnancy because I've been digesting it just fine... but, not so fast my body hates it). I've been searching out non-...more
I own a Skinny Bitch cookbook and I like it. How did that happen? A pretty cover and the robin's-egg-blue casserole dish on page 79. Yeah, I'm a sucker for cookbooks with lovely design and gorgeous photographs of yummy food and adorable cookware. The recipes sounded delicious as well (I suppose that bit might be important). On the other hand, I wasn't a fan of the original Skinny Bitch. The bratty, sanctimonious tone of the first book wasn't cute, much less inspiring. Well, forget the first book...more
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Leave it to Kim Barnouin to come up with the spiciest cookbook of the season; and we’re not just talking about taste. The queen of the Skinny Bitch book series reveals her culinary secrets in this so called “Ultimate Everyday Cookbook” (Running Press) where she espouses the virtues of skinny eating (light meals, healthy ingredients), breaking down meals to their component parts. Of course, there’s no real secret to the Skinny Bitch Diet. It’s really a matter of sticking to the veggies (substitut...more
again, i'm shocked to like this book, but if you can get past her need to drop "bitch" into every other sentence, it's actually not very annoying. well, except the line about how horrible it made adolescent Kim Barnouin feel to stand in front of a mirror in a size 6 bikini, which is honestly one of the only moments that the "skinny" part of her tagline is really showing. otherwise she presents legit (and cited!) arguments for sustainability and health with none of the wackier health claims so ra...more
I've been adding vegetarian cookbooks because I'm trying to reduce the amount of meat I eat, and this book is beautifully illustrated with appealing looking dishes. The ones I've tried have worked out very well, although I've substituted ingredients because I'm not trying to be hard-core vegan. For exmple, there's a fantastic Beet and Cheese Napoleon Salad with Candied Pecans and Shallot-Balsamic Vinaigrette that I've adapted and has been a mainstay with friends of mine who've tried it and just...more
I really like the recipes in this book, which I guess is what matters. The pancakes are to die for! As for the rest of the book... I felt the the author was trying too hard to live up to her reputation as a cool bitch. she also mentions that she has her maters in holistic nutrition but doesn't mention where from. I tried to do a little research to find out more (because that's something I'm interested in) and the only thing I could find that talked more about her degree said that she received it...more
Rebecca Morgan
I picked this book up at Target a couple years ago while browsing cookbooks. Had no idea it was vegan (at the time I was vegetarian so it was a nice surprise). Took it home and started trying out recipes - found some that I really love! This was my first vegan cookbook, and it would be another year after purchasing before I took the leap, eliminating dairy/eggs from my daily diet. It is a great transition to vegan book. There are a few recipes that use ingredients such as white flour, ideally wo...more
The library had this as an ebook and I was looking for recipes so I gave this a try.

I was looking for simple ways to make recipes healthier, like add more broccoli so there's more fiber and you'll feel fuller faster.

This book isn't for real food. All of the recipes contain vegan parmesan cheese, vegan cream cheese or almond milk. These things taste terrible! I've tried them.

And it's every recipe. Every recipe is full of hard-to-find or tasteless ingredients. And the recipes have too many ingredi...more
Steve H
Here's a book I initially judged by the cover and overestimated. It's a nice looking book, but it doesn't have many recipes that I'm interested in. I might come back to it for a few seasoning ideas for Indian flavors or to try some supposedly (though not really) low calorie desserts.
Yes, I know what some people will think of the title. Get past that, especially if you have any interest in vegetarian or vegan cooking, and how to make it more appealing to your family. Or to yourself, for that matter, if you are one of those people who has thought about trying vegan out but think it will be too limiting or too boring. This cookbook ROCKS. I want to make literally everything in it. And there are really amazing bonuses, too, such as pantry lists, shopping suggestions and all sor...more
I think this would be a great fit for someone new to veganism or considering it and wants a sassy push in that direction. It wasn't a great fit for me personally, but has a lot of info and tips for someone getting started with a plant-based lifestyle.
I can honestly say that this is the first "healthy" cookbook I've tried that serves up amazingly tasty recipes using very few funky (meaning, "I don't know what it is or where to get it!!") ingredients. I've made and served the red potato black olive salad, the blueberry streusel(woof!), and the artichoke-avocado salad, and they were each uniquely delicious. Tonight I'm trying the lentil tacos, which represent a bit of a stretch for the guys in my house, but my expectation is that they will regi...more
Mo Tipton
Hilarious to read with plenty of yummy recipes. The Sloppy Joes have become a new staple in my house, (they're extra tasty with the seitan "ham" recipe from Caribbean Vegan), and I was even able to pass them off as the standard meat-y version at a recent BBQ. The Orange Scones are to-die-for, and the section of sauces and dressings has a lot of recipes that I know I'll be using again and again. Can't wait to try the Orange-Battered Tempeh and Vegan Chicken Marsala. Yummm.
I enjoyed this author's no-nonsense approach to food and cooking. I also appreciate that she extolls the virtue of eating real, organic food which is in season. However, as an omnivore (bacon I just can't quit you) I don't think I can quite subscribe fully to being a vegan. I think it's sort of silly the lengths that vegans go to eat "cheese-like" or "meat-like" substitutes as usually these items are crazy processed "foods!" Anyway, I enjoyed the recipes I did try out of this book which were dev...more
Joya Towne
Good book, especially for someone starting a plant based diet or just wanting to get more healthy. She gives a lot of explanations instead of just recipes.
Generally decent health advice and recipes, but nothing I haven't heard before and the "skinny bitch" approach is kind of grating. The recipes look nice, but don't think I'd buy it.
Maybe I've been spoiled by the first (vegan cook and blogger) and vegan cookbook that I bought but I wasn't very impressed with this one, mainly because even with the intro touting that unprocessed foods are best for you the recipes that follow almost all have vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan butter or a whole section on some fake meat (not seitan) etc etc etc, all of which are processed and have way more ingredients than I'd prefer. I'm just glad that I borrowed this from the library inste...more
I am not personally vegan, but I love this cookbook because it shows you how versatile and useable vegetables are as main courses and ingredients. It's a great reminder that every meal doesn't have to have a meat-based focal point. I just made her butternut squash ravioli with pumpkin (added nutmeg), and they were awesome. The banana-pumpkin bread is awesome, too. She includes a lot of useful tips throughout the book for cooking in general - how to use and store herbs, how to properly cook brown...more
I really hate the name of this book if it was something else i would give it 3 stars
Peter Brewer
Overall this book has some great recipes. I make these meals all the time. The only problem is that the directions can be quite confusing. She doesn't explain everything very clearly. If I hadn't been cooking for a long time already I'm sure most of the directions wouldn't make much sense. As it is I had to look up several words in order to make the recipe work. Also, it seems like many of the steps are unnecessary and end up dirtying all the dishes in the house. I tend to just look at the ingre...more
Can't really rate this cuz I didn't make any of the recipes and I can't get over her use of the word "bitch" for herself, her friends, and her readers. WHAT?!
Yes, I am currently reading a cookbook...and enjoying every minute of it. I bought this book on Amazon accidentally (I didn't realize it is vegan) and am happy I did. The first hundred pages or so are filled with useful information for all eaters - vegan or otherwise. When to buy organic, additives to avoid, resources for finding local produce. I may not be a complete convert but this book has helped me get excited about eating better
This is such an amazing book! She dedicates the first half to explaining the importance of eating healthy and gets really specific. Part of her section on health is about veganism (since she is a vegan) but there are still a lot of other points and tips. I love how she writes too. She always gets to the point and many times adds humor. Also, the recepies are so good! I've tried some and they're all really easy and taste great.
I'd never make anything in this book and the recipes are not convient for everyday cooking as the title suggest. I did enjoy the long intro to the book. It's full of information on kitchen supplies, organization, different types of milk, what produce uses the most pesticides, and my fav section on seasonal produce. Get it from you library for a quick review before deciding to buy.
Samantha Arias
This cookbook is nothing like her first Skinny Bitch cookbook. This one is more about cooking real food and fresh veggies. The first one focused too much on mock meats and cheeses. Which are nice but not for every meal. The recipes in this book are good and simple ans taste pretty good too. A bunch of them are pretty much the same you'll find in just about every vegan cookbook.
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Before she was a Skinny Bitch, Kim Barnouin was a high school drop-out turned model who only crossed paths with a vegetable on her pizza. Today she is the co-author of The New York Times Bestseller Skinny Bitch with its sequels Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven, Skinny Bitch: Just Bitchin and a line of fitness DVDs.

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