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Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven - A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother! [Paperback]

Rory Freedman , Kim Barnouin
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Book Description

2 Oct 2008
The Skinny Bitches are back - this time turning their attention to a time when it's particularly important not to eat 'cr*p'. "Skinny Bitch" and "Skinny Bitch in the Kitch" were the bestselling books which inspired thousands of gals (including Victoria Beckham) to live clean, healthy, pure and skinny lives - while keeping them laughing with the authors' wicked trademark acerbic sass.And now the bitches are back! "Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven" addresses women who are - you guessed it - expecting a baby. Rory and Kim are not saying that pregnant women should be skinny - their recipe for a healthy pregnancy is lots of healthy food, but meat and dairy (with their hormones, chemicals and worse) remain off-limits, especially for anyone eating for two! The SBs also reveal the dangers of common lotions, creams and beauty products; give guidance on the best foods for a healthy baby and mum; discuss why every mother should 'suck it up' and breastfeed; and give the low-down on taking care of yourself 'post push'. They're the same smart-mouthed b-s who won't mince words on how savvy girls should eat - if you want to hear 'everything in moderation,' 'an occasional glass of wine is fine', or any other candy-coated bulls***, pick another book. "Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven" will tell you the truth about food and how what you eat affects your pregnancy and baby.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Original edition (2 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762431059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762431052
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Straight talking co-authors (Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin)... don't mince their words in their efforts to get you on the path to your ideal weight." Zest "(i)f you don't want to be a fat pig any more then these Skinny Bitches say they are the women to help." Sunday Mirror " --Sunday Mirror

The first Skinny Bitch book hit the headlines when Victoria Beckham was seen clutching a copy. With 75 easy, low-cal recipes this follow-up proves healthy eaters can have fun in the kitchen, too." Glamour Magazine --Glamour Magazine

;(This) sequel to the fabulously successful diet book with attitude, this will inspire anyone to don their apron to see what they can whip up. Whether it's an easy after-work meal or a dinner party, the book contains 75 easy-to-make recipes from around the globe." Look Magazine" --Look Magazine


"...the authors are excellent advocates for a healthy vegan pregnancy, and you might just find yourself giggling once or twice too!"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needless Scaremongering 14 Feb 2013
By Memma
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I bought this book as a long-time vegan currently carrying my first baby. I had hoped for a detailed analysis on how to have a healthy vegan pregnancy - how much of which nutrients I ought to be getting and whatnot, maybe some recipes, how to tell if I'm becoming deficient in anything... veganism is important to me and I'd love to be able to set an example of just how healthy and happy a vegan pregnancy can be.

Instead, I got one chapter after another of needless scaremongering. The pages are filled with preachy ranting about the evils of the livestock farming industry, the companies that make toiletries and cosmetics, the government and so on. Some of the advice verges on dangerous (for example, that you should consult a naturopath or herbalist BEFORE seeing a medical doctor).

This book was a total waste of my money and time. Any vegans looking for advice on how to eat during pregnancy would be best off looking elsewhere. Thanks, Skinny Bitches, for giving us all a bad name.
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1.0 out of 5 stars didn't really like 11 Jun 2014
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After reading "Skinny bithch" I though, ok, the book for mums must be as good as the first one was. Nope. It is shallow, not really well structured, basically saying the same things as Skinny bitch said. Definitely not a good handy book for a mum-to-be. Choose an another one.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book in great condition! 18 April 2009
By Arwen
The book arrived quickly and is in great condition! I have already finished reading it as I can't put it down! It's entertaining, to the point and has a lot of helpful information for a health concious mom to be! ;-)
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8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scaremongering and potentially dangerous 9 Aug 2010
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How to spot a badly written book on diet and nutrition
Lesson 1: Look for authors lacking proper medical qualifications in diet and nutrition (such as "studying nutrition for 15 years" and a "Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition").
Lesson 2: Look for references to Patrick Holford's The Optimum Nutrition Bible: The Book You Have to Read If You Care About Your Health. To find out why, read Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.

I bought Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven - A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother! knowing full well how badly Skinny Bitch got panned for being a poorly veiled work of vegan evangelism. But curiosity got the better of me, what was causing all the fuss? And would they be so hard-line with pregnant women, in spite of widely accepted medical advice to avoid making drastic changes to diet (such as going vegetarian, let alone vegan) during pregnancy? The answer is, unfortunately, yes: with bells on.

In fact I think the authors/publishers must have consciously or unconsciously thought: "Pregnant women are soppy and vulnerable due to the cocktail of hormones riding round their vastly changing bodies: they're therefore perfect candidates for conversion to veganism!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets a bad rap from short-sighted reviewers 3 Sep 2008
By DinoShark - Published on
I don't know what the other reviewers are complaining about: this book was not dedicated to animal welfare and was not a PETA advertisement.

Yes, there was talk about slaughterhouses, but this was only one part. And the point of slaughterhouse parts is that you are consuming the fear and grief of the animal through the form of chemicals they release. Not to mention the animals living conditions are disgusting and have the potential to contaminate your food--which you are feeding to your unborn baby.

The book focuses more on the quality of the food products you put in your body. The authors advocate a vegan diet not only because of the condition of farms animals but because it's good for your body. It focuses mainly on the dangers of dairy and disproving most pro-dairy advertisements, pointing to the huge economic impact of the dairy industry as the main reason why the government pushes dairy on the public.

The authors also disapprove of caffeine, alcohol, and artificial and refined sugars, particularly during pregnancy and discuss these substances' affects on an unborn baby. I also found the chapter on breastfeeding particularly interesting and helpful. I had decided not to breastfeed but after reading this chapter, reviewing their research, and talking to my doctor, I have changed my mind and decided to breastfeed/use a breast pump.

Overall this was an informative and interesting book. It gives a lifestyle during pregnancy that is very cautious, and thus I believe this is what really upset the over reviewers--that they didn't want to have to change their lifestyle. But what better time to be so careful with your body than when you're pregnant with your baby!
59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave & Honest 10 Oct 2010
By misscerris - Published on
I would ditch the negative reviews on this one, when considering whether or not to read this book, ladies. Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven, does take a frank & truthful approach to exposing the truth about America's current methods of food production. And I understand the fear & outrage of those who post negative reviews here, which they all seem to be basing on disdain for the vegan ethic. We fear what we don't understand. And I mean that compassionately. However, many of those w/ such posts, seem to be answering to arguments which are never actually presented in the book. The highly defensive & dismissive nature of these posted comments is rather telling. At no time do the authors attempt to demonize those who practice a standard American diet. Mom's are not their enemy-- moms & babies are who they are advocating for. The powers they are tempting to take on/expose, do not have the interests of moms, babies, or the planet in mind. Nor do they attempt to tell these women that their children are going to be irreparably damaged if they do not practice veganism. They are, however, speaking truth to the powerful corporate system, which is making our children VERY SICK. This book was written, in my very humble opinion, to tell women a truth most Americans have had kept from them for a very long time. And whether or not veganism is for you, remember-- those who chose to be vegan, or encourage that lifestyle, are hurting no one. This diet, when practiced mindfully, treads very easily on our earth. And as mothers, don't we all want a healthier world for our little ones? This book may seem radical to some, but in the words of someone quite wise-- "to be radical is to grasp things by the root". And I'm grateful to the authors for their sassy & whimsical wit. Thanks, b*tches.
53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a good read for vegan women 12 Sep 2008
By A. Harper - Published on
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I found this book fun to read simply because there are NO current day books out there that focus on veganism and pregnancy.

I also understand the authors "style" of writing, so their cursing and "in your face" approach didn't really bother me because I knew what to expect.

A fews things you may have to be concerned with is:

1) that this book's audience is most likely middle class people who live in locations where a whole foods vegan diet is "easy". I question how feasible any whole foods diet is (vegan or omnivorous) for people who are the working poor in this country and located in areas such as the inner city, in which there have been a plethora of public health reports indicating that there are no farmer's markets, natural grocers, or health options available.

2) this book kind of assumes all pregnant women reading this book are straight and married to a man. If you are lesbian identified woman, the heterosexual oriented nature of the book may irk you. If you are a single woman looking to become pregnant or are already pregnant, it may irk you a bit.

However, I commend that fact that the authors wrote this book, simply because NO ONE ELSE IS providing current books on how to achieve a healthy vegan pregnancy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lazy people who find ignorance bliss should shy illustrated by the poor reviews here 3 May 2013
By HelsinkiAutumn - Published on
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I love this book. As a pregnant woman who enjoyed indulging in the occasional cigarette and wine every night with dinner until she saw those plus signs on her ClearBlue Easy, I did not feel one bit inferior or judged reading this book. It's HONEST. Caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, and meat-based foods are bad for you and bad for your baby during pregnancy. Slaughterhouses are gross and the kill and processing of animals in the US (I live in the EU, thank God) is deplorable. If one can't appreciate a book that informs you that the chicken you're consuming has basically been dipped in lysol after being killed on a conveyor belt or boiled alive, among other lovely details of meat production and distribution, I am forced to question one's intelligence. Hey- I'd love to tell myself that a cake a day won't make me fat or that meat shot up with hormones and killed after having things shoved in various orifices under unthinkable duress won't negatively impact my body but it's just not so.

As for the people complaining about the repetitive nature of the book...I have to question if you're actually pregnant. I am. I forget s***. FAST! The only repetitive part is if you've already read a lot of the Skinny Bitch books, which I have. I love these ladies. I think that the individuals whining about the authors making them feel "inferior" or crying over this not being a "fun" or "light" read need to pull their heads out of their asses. This book was written with women's and baby's health in mind. And it gets the point across in what I consider to be a pretty fun way. It's not light but most of the books that are are full of bs that is neither educational nor groundbreaking. If you feel like you're doing everything wrong, chances are. The authors' point is that you have an opportunity to equip yourself with a new information set.

As a die-hard fitness lover and notoriously healthy eater, I found this book in the series to be particularly entertaining and informational. Not a lot that I didn't already know from my own long-time relationship with health and nutrition (I'm a certified yoga and Pilates instructor with a lot of food allergies and an obsession with healthy eating) but there is a lot that I don't think most people know. Because in my experience, most people buying "how to be thin" books aren't well-versed in nutrition to begin with. If you don't want to burst your ignorance bubble, this book will probably leave you in tears or inspire you to hurl it across the room. Go for it. As for me, I am planning to stay healthy and skinny and fabulous through the next 5 months. Cheers to the authors (with a glass of organic soy milk, of course!) on another winner. Highly recommended for all expectant moms and the general public. I think something vastly overlooked is the authors' point of compassion and caring toward ones' self, ones' baby, the environment, and the future for our kids. How could that possibly be wrong?
35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Disappointing 22 Jan 2009
By YC - Published on
It's a long time since I felt so let down by a book. I knew that the "skinny bitch" series featured an abrupt, in-your-face style of writing, so I was prepared for that (though I can't say I much care for it - must agree with one of the other reviewers - nasty and mean-spirited in tone). However, I had been under the impression that the book would offer some healthy recipes for the pregnant vegetarian, which it really did not.

As a vegetarian for nearly 20 years, I did not need "convincing" that vegetarianism is the way to go. I was looking for decent vegetarian nutritional information for a healthy pregnancy. Mostly, the authors provide lists of "ready-to-eat" processed products that are not available outside the United States. Very disappointing - enormously frustrating and a waste of money (I paid full price and really regret it) - this one came very close to going straight in the recyle bin.
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