My first impression of Skinny Bitch (#1 New York Times Bestseller)
The other day I was sitting in Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market (vegan sandwiches, grain bowls, salads, curries, juices) having lunch and I really wanted to bring out Skinny Bitch and continue reading it (a book I figured I had to read as it’s probably one of the highest selling/most popular books on veganism there is). I was too embarrassed.
First of all, wouldn’t it be weird to read a “becoming vegan” book in a vegan restaurant? Secondly, I knew from the moment I started reading it, I hated it. I don’t hate the message – it’s all of the things I’ve mentioned in the blog in more detail with lots of scientific data and endnotes with all of the sources. I actually don’t even hate as much the fact that it poses as a weight-loss book in order to get people to start reading, then bombards the reader with how they need to become vegan (my friend bought the book and was taken totally by surprise when the book started talking about animal slaughter). The biggest problem I have with it is the language. It’s as if throwing in a few “bitch”, “shut the f__k up” and “fat-pig syndrome” makes it hip. As if adding “chemical shit storm”, calling meat “dead, rotting, decomposing flesh” and saying “go suck your mother’s tits” will shock the reader into listening to the message.
My second impressions of Skinny Bitch
I wrote this first paragraph before I really got in to the book . And I still hate the way it is written with words like “big, steamy dump” and “cheap asshole”. But I do appreciate all the facts in each chapter and the message to empower everyone to “trust no one”, read labels, do your research and choose healthy foods to put in your body. At the end authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin admit the book has nothing to do with being skinny, but instead being healthy and “treating your body like the temple it is”. That’s a message I agree with, even if I hate the profanity used to get the message across.
Other interesting books to read on veganism
There are quite a few books out there published about veganism. I bought Alicia Silverstone The Kind Life, but haven’t had time to really get into it. It does look like it has some great recipes and lots of information in an easily digestible format. Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis wrote Becoming Vegan, as I mentioned on yesterday’s post. Click here for a few other books from chooseveg.com.