Skinny Bitch in the Kitch is an offshoot of the New York Times Bestseller Skinny Bitch. If you haven't read this already then you must before buying this book. It expands on everything in the introduction on meat, dairy and carbs and educates you to the fullest about meat and dairy production before cooking anything in the kitchen. If you read these books in the right order, you will never be tempted to deviate from a vegan lifestyle again and follow these recipes with both willingness, enjoyment and a new perspective on where your food is coming from- even the plants.
The book has recipes for the usual culprits such as breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating all of your firm favourites from around the world, but it also has ideas for PMS (P*ssy Mood Snacks) and appetizers too in order to round off a day's eating feeling fulfilled and indulged. Let's face it, every women gets herself in a 'p*ssy' mood once in a while and needs food to compensate.
The authors' 'Bitchclaimer' at the front of the book assures the reader that there are not too many ingredients to negotiate but most of all you have heard of them all, unlike the more unusual ingredient laden recipe books that also support a vegan diet. The recipes include a lot of meat substitutes and vegan cheeses for instance, so you don't feel a massive transition from non-vegan to vegan when you make something from it. It's a simple swap from one to the other so deprivation is not an issue when making this switch, ensuring that you can enjoy all the meals you normally would.
As a soup fan, I was thrilled to see a recipe that makes broccoli soup more interesting and that I can still have mock chicken and beef stews using vegan versions of the two meats. To my delight, there are recipes that make salads the go to meal rather than something to shy away from for fear of lettuce and nothing else.
The book is also very slight, so you can take it with you if you are going self-catering or cooking around someone else's house without having to lug around a large hardback when you go. There are no pictures in the book, but this can also work to your advantage as you have no expectations of what your dish is going to look like, so you can use your imagination when it comes to presentation.
In the vein of their first book, the women are just as level headed with their recipes as they are their advice. They keep the pace of the book going with witty chapter introductions and cheeky hints and tips next to the recipes to tie it all together with a bow.
If you want to lose weight and look as good as these women do- the answer lies in here. End of.