Hey all! Glad you liked the pesto recipe so much! I am quite crazy about it myself too. And we had a clear winner for todays post: the Skinny Bitch book reviewed. Poor Romaine lettuce!
When I first read this book in the summer of 2009, I was’t all that crazy about it. In all fairness: I had thought it was a diet book. Another nice scam people induldge in from time to time thinking that THIS is the book, or THE diet, that will solve everything. Or in my case, another way of losing weight (if you’re new and don’t know what I’m talking about, please read this post ).
The great thing about Skinny Bitch, actually, is that it is NOT a diet book. But alas, if you don’t know that and jump into reading it and somehow end up reading about sleazy government food policies and the meat industry, and get called ‘fat’ to boot, you can imagine thinking ‘to hell with it’. I did read it for the most part (skipped over the part about the meat industry- how ironic!) and thought not too much of it.
Fast forward to last week. I needed to reference something and ended up reading it front to cover and devouring it. If you’re looking for a diet or a way to lose weight fast, you’ll hate this book. If you’re interested in healthy eating, clean eating, veganism, and can take some cursing, you’ll love it. What Rory & Kim, a formal model and former modelling agent are trying to get across with this book is that looking good (which, yes, includes being a healthy weight!) is not just about clothes, make-up, starving yourself & spending hours in the gym. No, instead they’ll make you realize it’s a harmony of the things you eat and do. They, as do all vegans, know that ‘giving up meat & dairy’ is so much more than just a dietary choice. It changes your life. It changes the way you think and feel about animals, but also about yourself and the people and world around you. I know I sound like a big talking cliché but I don’t care, because I have experienced this firsthand. This is why I can really relate to these two women writing this book, almost desperately trying to make more people realize what a great positive effect this can have on not only animals, but also yourself.
Rory and Kim (mostly Rory though, who wrote the book) have a style of writing you’ve never seen before. And yes, this might offence some. Even I, who curses like my life depends on it, sometimes thought it was a bit too much. You see, I am OK with cursing in general, but cursing someone is a different story. For example, the ladies will refer to your fat ass quite some time or call you a stupid cunt. For people who are not seeking to lose weight but merely want to gain more knowledge and insight into a no-nonsense type of clean & healthy living, this can come across as somewhat weird. As a sidenote: I chose to read this book in Dutch because there’s a whole section devoted to brands, products and stores that sell vegan & organic products and I didn’t want to end up with the American list of course. But, translations are never too good and so, probably, some of their inherent funniness got lost in translation, who knows. Cursing aside, I do like their tone. They really come off as no-nonsense and plead for people to think for themselves. And sometimes it takes some harsh language for people to listen up and realize they are responsible for their own health and well-being. Hallelujah!
Like I said, the last part of the book contains very valuable information to get started with a more vegan and/or organic lifestyle. Brands, products, list of harmful ingredients and a four week sample menu, which in all honesty looks scrumptious.
What I also like about the book is that Rory and Kim don’t just make strong claims, they make strong claims built on TONS of research. They have about 10 pages filled with books & research articles they’ve referenced. Pretty awesome
In conclusion: a must read in my opinion, of you’re interested in healthy eating, maybe veganism, and overall health in general. They have tips from toothpaste to Yoga so there’s a lot to take away from this book .