Skinny Bitch is a diet book written by Rory Freedman and model training model Kim Barnouin. The book sold better than expected despite not having high initial sales. Skinny Bitch became a bestseller in the United Kingdom by May 2007 and in the United States by July, more than eighteen months after its initial 2005 press run of 10,000 copies. The book also sold well in Canada.
The book advocates a pure vegan diet and includes sections on cruelty. In addition to advocating a vegan diet, the authors also say that they should avoid smoking, alcohol, caffeine, chemical additives (such as aspartame) and refined sugar. Sources are frequently cited throughout the book, a large number of which point to vegan websites. Some sources that are mentioned often in the literature.
Reactions to the book have been mixed. The New York Times reported the lead buyer at Shakespeare & Company retailer saying: “It’s definitely the most entertaining diet book I’ve ever read,” and that it “had sold ‘extremely well’ in the stores.” They also quote the co-owner of a bookshop as saying: It definitely has that sharp, chick-bed look and feel […] You look at the photo of the authors on the back, and they are both drop-dead gorgeous . If you look at the photos of authors on the crunchy granola books – maybe not so much. Ursula Hirschkorn in the Daily Mail criticized the book. She criticizes the authors’ “simplistic theory, that the secret of weight loss is just to eat healthy food. She emphasized the “extreme” “What do you think about the nature of the diet, saying that” The book is an extensive list of things that you need to avoid … In a nutshell, everything that makes our short, brutish lives that bit more bearable. ” She complains that the book is marketed as a diet book when it is not a single focus: “This is not so much a diet book as a propaganda pamphlet for veganism … it moves effortlessly from being potty-mouthed advice on how to adopt a fat-busting healthy diet, into a rant against eating meat. ” She also said: “These pampered THE princesses work hard to make us feel guilty … They sanctimoniously read us on the cancer-causing chemicals in wine, and the nasties lurking in diet sodas … Skinny Bitch is just the same-old diet rules repackaged in an obnoxious and bullying tone. ” The Sun called it “a vegan diet with a bit of attitude thrown in.” They also said, “It is not easy to follow you.” One of the book’s co-authors, Kim Barnouin, holds a degree from the unaccredited Clayton College of Natural Health, which closed in 2010. Clayton College has been accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.
Several followups have been written, including the cookbooks Skinny Bitch in the Kitch and Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook and Skinny Bastard, a men’s dietary program.