Book Review: Skinny Bitch
Here's the thing about Skinny Bitch (Running Press, 2005), you can't go into reading it as a diet book. It is, without a doubt, vegan propaganda. That being said, it is incredibly informative and entertaining vegan propaganda. Co-authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin provide tough-love talk mixed with facts and common sense.

This happens to be one of the quickest reads I've ever had in my collection. Freedman and Bamouin speak to the reader like a friend who isn't afraid to tell you what's on her mind. They back up their arguments by citing study after study and take the technical talk out of the discussion so as to make a more easily digested point.

This is the first "diet" book I've ever read that has made me laugh out loud numerous times. That being said, since no one warned me, I'll let you in on a secret - the book will gross you out. In the same vein as Fast Food Nation, there are graphic descriptions of factory farming and unsanitary dairy farm practices. It was easy for me to put down Fast Food Nation but this book is so funny, I had to keep going.

Almost immediately, I was one of the transformed. In fact, as soon as I got halfway through Chapter 4, "The Dead, Rotting Decomposing Flesh Diet", I had to call and change my dinner plans because I decided to go vegan on the spot. I didn't get rid of all the meat stuffs in my fridge since I tend to start a fad and stop it within a couple of days. Six months later, I am still not eating meat, rarely any dairy and have just gotten back into adding some fish into my meals.

Recently, I decided to go back and give this a second read. It hits just as hard as the first time, only now there are more and more proponents behind their teachings. Many of the podcasts I've been listening to, websites I've visited and other books I'm reading are advocating the vegan lifestyle.

If the thought of veganism scares you, conjures up feelings of deprivation or makes you gag, this book is still a great read. The opening chapters focus on giving up the things you know you shouldn't be eating, the truth about carbs and sugar. The sugar and sugar substitute portion of the book was actually one of the most educational for me. All of those diet soft drinks I had been choosing in order to keep my weight under control may have actually hurt my numbers on the scale!

While I don't completely agree with everything Skinny Bitch preaches, the authors' main message - know what you're eating and how it will effect your body - makes complete sense.