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Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Solutions for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!)

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  3,031 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Cook book for divas.
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published (first published December 3rd 2007)
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Caroline
Mar 29, 2013 Caroline rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who want to hate themselves
Shelves: foodie
I'm sorry, but this book is the biggest pile of rubbish I've ever encountered. For one thing, don't refer to me as a "whore" or a "bitch" if you want me to buy your book or your ideas. I have no objection to the use of "Bitch" in the title - the word can be used cleverly and non-degradingly - but these authors clearly don't understand subtlety and sarcasm. They insult you from page one, and don't quit till the end. Nice. Really nice. I guess that's what being a "skinny bitch" is all about.

For an...more
Nicole
OK, honestly, I don't write reviews a lot because I simply don't have time to review every book I've read, but I'll make an exception for this one. This book is an insulting pile of trash. It insinuates that every person who chooses not to be vegan will eventually get cancer, have a miscarriage, be obese, or get a brain tumor. Most of the "facts" that these "bitches" use to support their evidence that being vegan is the way to go are based on junk science. This whole book is one big scare tactic...more
Barks & Bites
Craptastic. This book is lazy and the bitch kitsch gets old fast. I love snark but this book is not snarky it's just rude and dumb (well, unless being called a whore sends you off into a fit of hilarity). The "meals" contain tons of processed crap and "fake" foods in place of dairy and meat. It's a vegan cookbook but the authors (editors/publishers?) are too chickenshit to come out and say that and apparently think we're too dumb to figure it out. It's intentionally misleading to make them more...more
Beth Lamborne
this is the most ridiculous book i have ever read. condescending. overly self-righteous crap. the couple chapters regarding animal use were especially infuriating considering that i work with animals. the authors don't even recognize local/small operation alternatives to corporate farming. they throw the word 'organic' around like it means something while simultaneously bashing the authority that enforces the word, the USDA.

if you can get over the fact that the authors are screaming at you to th...more
Anne
Torn.

Cheating a bit, since I haven't finished reading it yet, probably shouldn't rate it yet. It was a Christmas gift, and I'm not sure if I thanked my dad sincerely enough for it. Apparently it's a sequel/supplement to Skinny Bitch, a New York Times bestselling diet book written by a former model and former modeling agent--basically, it's a vegan weight-loss cookbook full of pithy commentary and snarkery.

Now, I loves me some pithy commentary and snarkery--and so far the recipes themselves do l...more
Lindsey
Oct 17, 2009 Lindsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with access to a lot of vegan substitute products at their grocery store
I know a lot of people hate this cookbook because of all the substitute products, but I enjoy vegan meat/dairy substitutes, and every recipe I've tried is SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS!! I've tried over half the recipes, and I plan to make every single one in here. These recipes will NOT help you lose weight though as there is a lot of fat in most of them. Also, they go overboard on the salt sometimes. However, if all you're going for is good taste and natural ingredients, and you're not a gourmet chef, t...more
Angela
This cookbook has what seems like a handful of decent recipes and a ton more that rely really heavily on meat and cheese substitutes, which aren't really all that healthy and shouldn't really be an every day menu item. I mean, seriously. There was a "recipe" in this "cookbook" that told you how to make a vegan burger. Basically, you put a vegan burger patty onto a bun with some toppings. OMG, seriously? I think it's aimed at people who eat meat but are transitioning into a vegetarian/vegan diet,...more
Kristen
REVIEW UPDATE:
So, I've had this book a while now, and I decided it's not for me. Though I did think it was funny (I wasn't insulted by the "bitches" and "whores" name calling), I honestly can't become a vegan. I love meat and dairy too much!! I tried a few recipes that left me feeling full but not SATISFIED.
This book is misleading in that it doesn't clearly let you know that it is a vegan book...and I don't like the way they look down on non-vegans. Sorry but we have canine teeth for a reason-...more
Chrissy
Eh, personally I was a vegetarian for a number of years and this book would have been a big disappointment to me back then. They rely heavily on procssed fake meats, cheeses, and tofu. While it's nice to have some of the fake meats once in a while but to have it in a good protion of their recipes is just boring. After reading their first book, I thought for sure they would have had more recipes that relied more on vegetables, grains and fruits. There were a few good reciepes but overall I found...more
Peppermintlisa
My feminist sensibilities have some issues with the tone (and title) of this book. I feel as though the authors felt they had to couch veganism and healthful eating in the vernacular of "chick lit" for it to be accessible. Unfortunately, I think it *will* make it more accessible to some women.

But I personally found the tone (in comments on the recipes) to be grating and a little disingenuous.

Also, the recipes were rather standard fare--if you have browsed a decent amount of vegan/vegetarian co...more
Martha Love
I found this to be a very useful cookbook, although I altered most of the recipes that I cooked from "Skinny Bitch In the Kitchen" so they would be what I find better nutritionally for gut and heart health (for instance I always substituted organic extra virgin olive oil for the coconut oil listed in most all their recipes).

After altering the recipe to also include some ground chia seeds for a higher nutrient density as well as flax meal and walnuts for heart health, I totally enjoyed the wonder...more
Gus
I'm sort of poor, which I think effects this review. In the intro, the authors say that they are try not to put too many "hard to find" ingredients in the recipes, but I disagree. Each recipe also has TONS of ingredients! For example, sloppy joes takes 15 items to make it. Seriously, I thought it took 3- meat, sauce and buns...Hungry Girl is a much, much better diet cookbook!
Barbara ★
I've tried a couple of these recipes and threw them all in the garbage. Title: Stop Eating Crap...yeah right. I'd rather be fat than eat anything in this book.
Taneshia
I brought this book not realizing that it was a vegan cookbook. I never even thought about cutting out meats or dairy from my diet, but the authors' passion pulled me in. I tried some of these recipes. I initially believed the authors made some good points and thought to myself ‘maybe I could be a vegan; what the heck I’ll give it a shot.’ I found the authors to be condescending and judgmental, but I know it was meant to be cute and funny. I have to admit they made me giggle a few times
So I wen...more
Mimi
" BANG, BANG , BANG..."

...Is the sound of my head hitting the wall with every stupidity the authors say. This is one of those books that I was recommended to and now it makes me wonder " Why do I still listen to my friends? ". Everything they(the authors) say is SO stupid...I mean what kind of person would recommend another person to not drink milk, not eat meat and avoid white rice? Oh yeah, the author is a vegan! (Since I am very carnivore... I am not gonna be very understanding!) Ok so brow...more
Laura
Apr 08, 2010 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one at all
Shelves: nonfiction
This follow-up recipe book to Skinny Bitch kind of contradicts many of the things they talk about in the original book. Even though they say processed food is bad in the main book, this recipe book is filled with recipes calling for fake cheese and meat substitutes left and right. It's almost like they took a regular cookbook and anywhere that called for chicken, they said to use "fake chicken substitute" and anywhere that called for cheese they said to use "fake cheese substitute" and anywhere...more
Elaine Mcdonald
I might have loved this book a couple of years ago, and I might have become vegan. Lately I have been reading a lot about GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms). There are so many recipes that use soy and corn that it makes it obsolete for me. The majority of corn and soy is GMO. I did get a couple of recipes out of the book though. And if you eat soy and corn you might like this book. The satirical way it is presented doesn't bother me. I am not vegan but I don't think I would mind being vegan....more
M
I actually found this book at the library in the vegan cookbook section. I took it home and checked it out. It's funny, full of interesting commentary and I've made at least 5 recipes out of it and it's actually good. I was skeptical about the vegan macaroni and cheese which is made with squash and vegan cheese, but actually it's good. Ok, not as good as home-made mac and cheese with real Wisconsin cheese, which I also have a great recipe for, but I'll tell you it's not bad and it has about one...more
Joan
Jun 30, 2008 Joan added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
Ok....first of I loved this book. I have bought and read both "Skinny Bitch" and this one and no, I was NOT offended by the title. The humor, sarcasm and bluntness was much appreciated since in my opinion, society has become waaaaay too accomodating and accepting of obesity. I have been on both sides of the spectrum in terms of struggling with weight and it wasn't until three yrs ago after a major health scare at the age of 30 that I was made the change and became a vegetarian. I love MY choice...more
Heather
I have been dipping into recipes from this book for a good month now, and have already found some favorites. My husband and I, who are typically not huge fans of tofu, have found an awesome tofu scramble to mix into our breakfast burritos, among other great recipes. The cookbook explores many alternative protein sources, and of course take veggies to an entirely new level.

'Skinny Bitch in the Kitch' is a clear, no nonsense guide to vegan eating. The authors are entertaining, I appreciate their h...more
Amy
While I like the conversational tone of the book, the recipes did not appeal to me. Some sounded good but too many of them were either over-complicated or relied too heavily on fake meat products. As a new vegetarian, I am trying to "start with the basics" using vegetables and grains as the main ingredients. Not just take your old recipes and replace the meat with an over-processed soy product.

However, since I did enjoy the authors commentary, I plan on checking out their original book!
Laurie
Delicous recipes REALLY!!! As long as you stick to the ingredients...however hard they may be to hunt down depending on how plugged in your town is. The women that wrote this cook book really considered comfort foods and turned them into something healthy and non-threatening...well as long as you aren't afraid of seitan, tofu, or tempeh. Give it a shot...it certainly won't kill you but that burger at BK just might!
Melissa
Crap! If you want to be a vegetarian or vegan that's cool with me, but don't give me recipes like "Chicken" Salad with vegan chicken. If you don't want to eat chicken then why would you want to eat fake chicken. I just don't get it.
Nichole
May 23, 2008 Nichole rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I didn't like this book. They authors are rude, and advocate the usage of soy in nearly every recipe. I gave the book away within two hours of buying it. Or was it the next day? I don't know, but it was fairly quickly.
Leslie
so far we ate butternut squash and red potato curry. delicious. christy gave me the book for christmas and im making a yum chick/quinoa/asparagus tonight. vegan and obnoxious and funny.
Rebekah
I did not realize the Skinny B was vegan, and that she uses so many faux dairy, faux meat products; no wonder she's grumpy.
Dana Nelson
I don’t usually review recipe books but thought I’d make an exception in this case.

I recall reading a negative review on this when it was first published. I believe the complaint was that it was just normal recipes with “fake” meat substituted for “real” meat. My opinion differs.

I want normal recipes! I’ve been trying all sorts of new stuff that involves a lot of effort, mostly because I have to get used to a whole new way of cooking but also because the recipes are written by experts. The stuff...more
Traci  Medeiros
So as a new vegetarian (6 Mos Meatless...), and without reading Skinny Bitch but hearing the buzz, I thought this would be a great way to give myself a jump start. No luck... I'm a compulsive book buyer with several un-cracked spines on my shelf but this I flipped through and took back! I'm all for giving people some general direction to help the cause and totally agree that the easiest recipes are the ones you're going to make again and again but I'm just not a big substitute fan. I guess maybe...more
emily
A lot of the criticism in reader reviews for this book regards the "hidden" agenda of promoting veganism. I actually really liked that this book is not sold as a vegan cookbook or guide to veganism or whatever. There are some really good recipes in here for meals that do not include meat, dairy, or eggs, and even meat-eaters can benefit from working a few whole-grain-and-veggie-based meals into their repertoires. For people who are already well-versed in veganism, there aren't a whole lot of new...more
Samantha Arias
This cook book is just ok. It's not bad by any means but it's not great either. The recipes in this book revolve mainly around the use of mock meats. Which don't get me wrong, I love mock meats and I do eat them. It's just the pretense of the Skinny Bitch series is about heath and not eating crappy food yet this book is filled with processed items. When I first turned vegetarian I loved this book. My mother told me I was on my own and she would no longer cook for me. So at the beginning I surviv...more
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Rory Freedman is the co-author of "Skinny Bitch". She attended the University of Maryland, and used to not like writing, but has developed a passion for writing due to her passion for the subjects that she writes about. She wrote "Skinny Bitch" because she is passionate about not being skinny or being a bitch, but to educate everyone about becoming vegetarian and vegan. Rory Freedman was not alway...more
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