New vegan cookbook by the "Skinny Bitch" authors
Has anyone read advanced reviews of this cookbook yet? It's scheduled to come out December 2007.
Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!) (Paperback)
"Quit your bitching—they’ve heard you already! You read Skinny Bitch and it totally rocked your world. Now you want to know, “What can I cook that’s good for me, but doesn’t taste like crap?” Well, lucky for you, the Bitches are on the case. Self-proclaimed pigs, Rory and Kim understand all too well: Life without lasagna isn’t a life worth living; chocolate cake is vital to our survival; and no one can live without mac n’ cheese—no one. So can you keep to your SB standards and eat like a whale? Shit yeah, bitches. To prove it, Rory and Kim came up with some kick-ass recipes for every craving there is:
PMS (Pissy Mood Snacks)
Sassy Soups and Stews
Down Home Cookin’
Happy Endings (Desserts)
And a ton more! They’re all so good (and easy to make) you’re gonna freak out. Seriously. What are you waiting for? Get your skinny ass in the kitchen!"
I just read a review in the most recent issue of Energy Times. And it was mentioned at the end of this Associated Press story.
Hey Llorona, Welcome!
It's funny, I originally became veg more for health & the environment, but I am getting more into the animal rights side of things and I find that I feel most strongly about that reason now. Books like Skinny Bitch helped me with that.
Unfortunetly, my husband told me I wasn't allowed to buy myself anything else before christmas ( I just got a bunch of new gym/running clothes) or else he will have a really hard time buying me gifts, so I really hope he gets me that cookbook. If not, I'm buying it Dec 26th! ;D
Wow- So far I love this cookbook!!! I like the way it is organized. The directions are really well written out. There are no funky ingredients. The only new things I had to buy so far were coconut oil & Bragg’s. I made the “Meat”loaf & Mashed Potatoes with Brown Gravy for dinner Sat. night and it was awesome! I couldn’t believe how good it turned out. My husband & I agreed it was the best vegetarian meatloaf we’ve ever had. I think it was better than I remember real meatloaf tasting. Yesterday morning I made the French Scramble, which is a tofu scramble with spinach & mushrooms- so good!!! I couldn’t believe it as I was eating it. This was the first time I didn’t need ketchup or hot sauce on a tofu scramble. The granola was also very good. I can’t wait to try everything else in this book!
I also read Skinny Bitch just recently. It actually focuses more on cutting the crap out of your diet than being "skinny." The lengthiest sections are basically exposés of the dairy and meat industries. In fact, I just heard one of the authors on a vegan podcast (can't remember which) and she suggested that the title was really meant to attract people's attention and make them read the book so they would see how cruel and unethical these industries are. It does use coarse language, but I found it pretty funny.
I am a little skeptical about Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, though. I have heard that a lot of recipes just use meat substitutes in place of meat in omni dishes. I am not the biggest fan of products designed specifically to replace a meat product (I just don't like them that much), so I am not sure if the cookbook will suit me. I am curious to hear how other people like it!
I have the cookbook and you are right, it DOES have a lot of recipes that use meat substitutes. The recipes I have tried out of this are:
Potato Salad with Fresh Dill: VERY good. I've brought it to two separate functions and everyone liked and never suspected it was vegan.
Mediterranean pasta salad: It was okay. I wasn't the biggest fan and probably won't make it again.
Eggplant Parmesan: VERY good. I will definitely make it again.
Cha Cha Chile: I liked this one as well. I crunched up some yellow corn tortilla chips over it, which I think made it better.
Tofu "Ricotta" : Eww. It still tasted like tofu to me and I had to throw out a whole batch of veggie lasagna.
Chocolate cake: Pretty good. I think the chocolate cupcakes from VCTOW were better, however. I took this to a gathering and nobody guessed it was vegan.
Ha! I've had this book for over a year now and have only glanced at it now and then. Y'all are right- coconut oil comes up a LOT!
Are there huge benefits to coconut oil that I am unaware of? It would seem that the taste may be overwhelming, but I guess not since you can use it in so many different dishes. I've never used it...
Oh, and thank you Lisa and tryp66 for your reviews!
Here's a site with all and more you would want to read about coconut oil:
There are claims that it can prevent cancer, alzheimers, and the list goes on. I'm not completely convinced of all that yet though. Right now I think if used in moderation it probally is a good thing but to accept it as the new penicillan... nah not ready for that yet. I do know that several vegan and vegetarian cooks have started using it and are very enthusiastic about it. I admit it does taste good.
Refined coconut oil does not have a noticeble taste. I've bought unrefined before & that does have a taste to it. I think because it is solid at room temp, its nice to bake certain things with it.
The peanut butter potato chip cookies are heaven!
The title is a huge turn-off for me... it's kind of sad that they had to 'market' the book this way just to sell it. It's offensive to women, regardless of the rhyming or alliteration. I'd rather get my recipes elsewhere ::)
The bookstore i usually go to is closing this weekend, so i went in tonight to see what was left vegan cookbook wise. Vegenomicon was gone, but figured since everything was 40% off i'd try SBIK. A lot of the recipes look really yummy; I really want to try the peanut butter potato chip cookies (just because.. theres chips in them haha)
I'll report back on anything i make!
I think the authors of these series, Skinny Bitch, are PURE GENIUS!! To all the people offended by the language or the term skinny, think about it, they didn't write this book for us, for people who are already vegan, they came up with a clever way to tap into the minds of the majority of women dieters struggling and poisoning themselves on the high meat diets and eager to read anything or take any pill claiming to make them into a "Skinny Bitch" unfortunately this is the only thing the majority of American Women respond to (who aren't already enlightened to the veg lifestyle) They tried a new technique of converting people and I believe its working very effectively. Most people have stereotypes of what vegans are and what vegan food is, they make it fun, provocative and different from the way the lifestyle is usually presented to make it more appealing to the masses. I don't know if I'll ever read the first book, since I've already been veg for 12 years but I will definitely reccomend it to my non-veg friends. And the other series with the cookbook, I'd definitely like to pick up, I love trying new recipes.
i have had the book for quite awhile but it isn't too appealing to me... lots of weird ingredients... maybe i will crack it open again soon
I got SB in the Kitch cheap 2nd hand with SB, so I have it. Truth be told, I live in Holland and to make a lot of the recipes you need a lot of processed vegan foods which I currently don't buy, mainly because there are so few of them in Holland, but also because I'm trying to eat healthy.
On being stuck at McClaren Airport Vegas I checked out Borders and found a further SB book for pregnancy, had a quick glance through (didne buy cuz am not PG), it seemed to be more in line with the first book (informative) rather than the cookbook. Anyone else seen this?
I loved Skinny Bitch, I was already vegan when reading it, but I think it really turned some non-vegan heads! i personally had 3 friends read it who were not even vegetarian, 2 became vegetarian, and 1 of the two has now become vegan! My favorite thing about the book is that there is that they seem to have done their homework, and every statement they make is referenced. Authors can say anything they want, but if they have no research to back it up, it really doesn't mean anything.
As far as the cookbook, I flipped through it but most recipes had premade mock meats and cheeses. I feel like that kinda defeats the purpose of a vegan cookbook.
My sis gave me this for my birthday last year; everything I've made from it has been good, but I haven't made a whole lot, 'cause most of the recipes call for lots of ingredients -- never seem to have everything I need. Also, a lot of the recipes seem to call for processed ingredients like feaux meat, vegan cheez, etc. which I don't usually buy... BUT, that being said, the things I HAVE made from this book have been pretty tasty.