I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin
Published by Gallery Books on Expected publication: May 6th 2014
Genres: Romance, Women Lit
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING VEGAN, SOMETHING BLUE . . .
For the second time in just a few short months, Clementine Cooper’s professional reputation hinges on one restaurant review. Clementine’s No Crap Café is poised to score the Holy Grail of publicity—a mention in the New York Times Sunday travel section—if Clem’s veggietastic lasagna can bowl over the food critic.
Clem has no time for distractions. Or surprises. But when her meat-eating millionaire boyfriend Zach Jeffries shocks her with a sweet and romantic marriage proposal, of course she says yes! Now she has to plan the most important menu of her life while fending off her domineering future mother-in-law’s extravagant plans for the wedding.
As if there wasn’t enough on her plate, Clem decides to open a second restaurant on her parents’ farm—Clem’s No Crap Outpost— against Zach’s advice. Just when she needs his support the most, Zach grows distant. The only person who really seems to understand is Clem’s friend and biggest competition, the cute vegan chef Alexander Orr. Putting out fires in the kitchen is easy—but in her relationship? Suddenly, her time with Alexander feels . . . hotter . . . than usual, and Clem starts to wonder if the charming carnivore she’s engaged to is really the man she should spend her life with.
I have been a huge fan of the Skinny Bitch books from the first, The Skinny Bitch Cookbook. Skinny Bitch in Love was a fabulous start to getting to know the world of vegans in a world where eating animals is a normal thing. Somehow Kim Barnouin is able to tell a story without me feeling like this is a bunch of rhetoric being shoved down my throat. She always have some great info about veganism and how being on that kind of diet can be fabulous for you and makes the food sound wonderful!
And although these books due surround food, they are mostly about characters. Clementine Cooper is just fabulous. I love her even when she’s doing something that I don’t like. Although in this book it’s mainly about what Zach is doing, or in this case, NOT doing. The tension is high and it’s not a good tension. Kim Barnouin actually had me worried so much that quite a few times I caught myself chewing on my nails!
Clem is facing some important gal themes and I loved every minute of them. It’s funny how some girls always want that ultimate wedding and then others secretly do but say they don’t, and then some just want to elope! The theme is there though, this is all about weddings and how Clem and her friends feel about them and of course the ups and downs of planning a wedding and meeting the new fam!
Funnily enough I laughed through quite a bit of the drama, and then cried through some of it. I mean seriously, Kim knows how to bring out the emotions, the full spectrum of them! You don’t HAVE to read the first to get a good feeling for the characters but if you want the background, I definitely recommend them. And if you’re like me and curious about being a vegan or even a vegitarien, do yourself a favor and go grab the Skinny Bitch Diet cookbook!
Born in Rhode Island and raised in Maryland, Kim felt she wasn’t ready for college and dropped out in the 11th grade. Soon after, Kim received her GED, brushed community college and switched gears to modeling. At the age of 22, Kim moved to South Beach where the waves of Miami left Kim feeling seriously lost. She modeled, waited tables to make ends meet and considered herself more of a helpless beach bum.
Kim questioned her unhappy and unhealthy self during those years. What changes could she make to her lifestyle? Instead of turning to booze or something else less attractive, Kim explored food. By eating better, Kim started to physically and mentally feel better. A lightbulb went off in her head – food heals.
As a kid, Kim used to spit veggies into her napkin. As a young adult, she couldn’t get enough of earth’s treats. It was during this transition that Kim became obsessed with nutrition. She got her hands on every book and enrolled in a Bachelor’s program in Natural Health. She wouldn’t stop there. This retired beach bum went on to receive a Master’s in Holistic Nutrition and is currently working on her PhD. Learning about how food affects and heals many diseases and illnesses was something she wanted to share with everyone.
Eager to spread her word to the masses, Kim worked with longtime friend and vegan Rory Freedman to write a book. Neither thought Skinny Bitch would be become such a hit let alone a New York Times bestseller for two years straight.
Kim Barnouin lives in Los Angeles with her husband Stephane and two year old son Jack.