I try not to swear on this blog…but this time, you can blame it on the Skinny Bitch.
Always blame the Skinny Bitch, am I right or am I right?
If you read food blogs (which I assume you do because you’re reading this right now) and haven’t been living under a rock in the past five years, then I have to believe you are familiar with the original Skinny Bitch book. A smart-mouthed, sometimes foul but kind of charming and to-the-point book by authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin advocating that a vegan diet is the best way to “…stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!”
And in their newest book Skinny Bitch: Book of Vegan Swaps, Barnouin is continuing to inform people on the benefits of a vegan diet with a list of vegan restaurants, menu plans, animal-free swaps for common foods and helpful cooking tips for those looking to transition to a diet free of animal products. Seems pretty cool, right?
(But don’t worry, my Everythingtarian self isn’t going vegan anytime soon.)
Honestly, after spending Sunday afternoon reading the book, I was a bit disappointed.
While I appreciated the list of restaurants, vegan baking tips and list of vegan-friendly beers (I mean, hello! I do appreciate my beer free of animal parts), the bulk of the book – a hefty list of healthy vegan swaps for dairy, meat and other staple products – left me irked. Especially the dairy and meat section.
Swap cream cheese for tofu cream cheese. Swap cheese for soybean and oil-based cheeses. Swap beef jerky for soy jerky. Nothing against soy, but too much of that isn’t a good thing either!
Whatever happened to REAL food? I kinda like real food.
And I also happen to think that if you aren’t going to eat animals, eating fake animals seems kind of weird, no? Instead of focusing on replacing eating hot dogs with tofu hot dogs, let’s teach people how to cook AND eat a vegan diet healthfully. With lots of plants. And nuts and seeds. Whole grains. Herbs. Spices. Beans. Lentils. More veggies. Fruit smoothies. Let’s send them Mama Pea’s or Angela’s blog and get them going, for heaven’s sake!
Overall, this is a decent book for those who are relatively uninformed about food but are looking to make more vegan choices. For the rest of us, skip the book. You know what to do already.
Now pass me my vegan beer please.
It’s YOUR turn! What are your thoughts on the Skinny Bitch phenomenon? Never forget – sharing is caring!