The Secret of the Skinny Bitch

The New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch is billed as a diet book. Its website includes info on its glamorous authors, an ad for a diet-friendly product of the week, and a press quote from Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA … but the word vegan doesn’t show up on the site. And chances are, if you’re not familiar with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, it probably wouldn’t occur to you that this book is a hard-core vegan text. According to one Amazon reviewer:

I bought this book thinking that it is another diet book, in order to lose some weight and actually be somewhat of a ‘skinny bitch.’ However, all the book has were guidelines for being vegan and much meat industry bashing. This was not helpful for a normal person.

The book was released in December 2005, but according to the New York Times, sales didn’t start picking up until May, when Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham was photographed carrying a copy. Now, with 245,000 copies in print, vegans are rallying behind this potty-mouthed book, which—besides bashing all animal products—claims that “soda is liquid Satan” and “coffee is for pussies.”

One self-professed “chubby charmer” from the Daily Mail wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds, but she isn’t exactly tempted by the book’s suggested junk food alternatives:

How could I stop my mouth watering at right-on recipe suggestions, such as taking a slice of tofu, soy butter, salt, pepper and ketchup, and hey presto you have yourself a perfect ‘fried egg’ to stick between two slices of sprouted grain bread.

Who do they think they are kidding? I will take my life in my hands and stick to the real thing, laced as it may be with ‘antibiotics, pesticides, and steroids’.

For more recipes like this one, check out the sequel, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.