Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty & Style: A No-Nonsense Guide to Cutting the Crap Out of Your Life for a Better Body and a Kinder World

Kim Barnouin. Running Press, $20 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-0-7624-3940-9
Barnouin, half of the Skinny Bitch duo who has also written on her own (Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook), extends her authority into the world of personal and home goods. Chapter by chapter, she calls out nasty and/or cruel ingredients in furnishings, makeup, and clothing, offering planet- and human-friendly alternatives. There’s a vegan agenda, sure, but fans already know that. Ideology won’t hit the reader over the head, but the tone will. The research backing up her contentions is not deep (lots of Wikipedia citations), but could prompt the curious to look further. Everybody who buys environmentally friendly food and goods knows they don’t come cheap, but Barnouin offers plenty of do-it-yourself formulas for cleaners, and growing your own veggies is cheaper than buying organic ones. While everyone could use a wake-up call to care for the planet, this one will speak loudest to 20-and 30-something women amused by the profane girlfriend tone. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/19/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
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