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

 
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Skinny Bitch created a movement when it exposed the horrors of the food industry, while inspiring people across the world to stop eating ¡°crap.¡± Now the ¡°Bitches¡± are back¡ªthis time with a book geared to pregnant women. And just because their audience is in a ¡°delicate condition¡± doesn¡¯t mean they¡¯ll deliver a gentle message. As they did with Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin expose the truth about the food we eat¡ªwith its hormones, chemicals, and other funky stuff. But even though they are ¡°Skinny,¡± they want women to chow down on the right foods and gain their fair share of weight through their pregnancies.

They also won¡¯t mince words on these topics:
? the best foods for a healthy baby and mommy
? the dangers of common lotions, creams, and beauty products that women slather on their bodies (many contain carcinogens)
? why every mother should ¡°suck it up¡± and breastfeed
? the lowdown on what really happens ¡°post-push¡± (after birth)
? how the companies we trust don¡¯t care about children (choosing baby food and other products carefully)

With the same sassy tone that made Skinny Bitch laugh-out-loud funny, Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven will give expectant moms the information they need to ¡°use their head¡± and have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. ?

Customer Reviews:

  • Totally unrealistic
    This being my first pregnancy, I have read almost every book out there on having a healthy, safe pregnancy (especially one with twins). I guess ALL those other books are idiots because according to these two vegans, you shouldn't eat meat, fish, eggs, milk...essentially every single thing the other books and medical doctors insist are VITAL to a healthy pregnancy.
    They berate and belittle the very organizations that make our food safe i.e. EPA, USDA, FDA, making them sound like a bunch of middle schoolers.
    This book dedicates an entire chapter on slaughter houses. Methods for killing animals, testimonials from slaughterhouse employees. While I agree it is disgusting, if true, this book is not the place to educate us on the practices of killing animals. Basically, I feel this book was just a soapbox for these 2 women to try and get all women, pregnant or not, to give up all foods that are healthy and necessary for the vegan lifestyle. not gonna happen here. ...more info
  • Not what it purports to be
    This book is not what it purports to be. They even tell you in the book the whole title and gimmick is a marketing ploy to get you to buy the book. I was looking for a smart guide to eating better in my second pregnancy. Instead this book is about why you should be a vegan, whether you are pregnant or not. I will say some of the info was useful (like how simple carbs are bad) but I don't buy that simply because I am not a vegan I am eating bad for me and my baby and my baby will be deformed and have all kinds of problems. I really do feel resentful that I bought this thinking I would get dieting tips (for the average mom)and exercise tips for pregnant women. If you are not interested in being a vegan, don't buy it, there are better books out there....more info
  • Pregnancy book
    Pregnancy in itself is an event in a womans life that is evaluated differently with each individual.Some women feel beautiful when they are pregnant and others feel like a huge misshapen creature...With that said,pregnancy can be a beautiful experience or it can be a painful experience that will carry on even after the birth of your child. This book will help you know what to eat to have a healthy pregnancy experience and a healthy child,while at the same time give you reassurance with your vision of your body and all the changes that occur during and after pregnancy. This book is very informative and also very well written. I would suggest this book be an addition to all the other goodies one places in the ever popular "BABY BASKET" that so many people including myself bring to the baby showers. I give this book 4 stars,and will be purchasing many for upcoming baby showers.Remember to share the good stuff with expectant mothers too,not just the "up all night "stories.
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  • Pregnancy book
    Pregnancy in itself is an event in a womans life that is evaluated differently with each individual.Some women feel beautiful when they are pregnant and others feel like a huge misshapen creature...With that said,pregnancy can be a beautiful experience or it can be a painful experience that will carry on even after the birth of your child. This book will help you know what to eat to have a healthy pregnancy experience and a healthy child,while at the same time give you reassurance with your vision of your body and all the changes that occur during and after pregnancy. This book is very informative and also very well written. I would suggest this book be an addition to all the other goodies one places in the ever popular "BABY BASKET" that so many people including myself bring to the baby showers. I give this book 4 stars,and will be purchasing many for upcoming baby showers.Remember to share the good stuff with expectant mothers too,not just the "up all night "stories.
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  • Preachers?
    I found the book to be horrendously condesending and 'high and mighty'. Although I believe in most of the things that the authors are writing about when it comes to living a vegan lifestyle, it was such a disappointment!...more info
  • A Bad Choice for Many
    I am not at all squeamish about cussing or euphemisms for the vagina. I love strong women who are empowered and informed and strive to be one myself. And it is in that vein that I question everything I read. Furthermore, I love to laugh. That being said...

    I purchased this book forgetting that the reason I hadn't bought the other Skinny Bitch books was because I had read somewhere that they espouse a vegan diet. Blame the pregnancy hormones for forgetting something that important. I was a vegetarian for fifteen years and perhaps I just really suck at nutrition but it was not the best choice for me personally. Similarly, this book is not the best choice for many people. Being a vegan is not a lifestyle anyone should adopt because someone writes and sells a book that uses scare tactics - and that is precisely the manner in which this book is written. To an extent, what is most troublesome about this book is not the content but the tone. There is a certain moral superiority akin to zealotry in the writing that is disconcerting. What I find further disturbing is that, essentially, the authors prey on women at a time when they may be hyper sensitive regarding the choices they are making and may be stepping outside of their comfort zones to seek information and support. Adopting a vegan lifestyle is one option however it is not the only option nor is it the best option for everyone. If you are already a vegan, you probably will not be reading anything you don't already know about if you purchase this book. If you are considering transitioning into vegan diet while pregnant, speak with your doctor. It is a serious decision and not one that should be guided by a book that's not upfront with its agenda. It makes you wonder, what else are the authors not being upfront about? As a reader and lover of books, the constant use of counterclaim (we're just telling you that the entire dairy industry is corrupt so you won't have a four headed baby, etc) is extremely tedious and actually undermines their argument. It begs the question, why did the authors feel they needed to constantly discount common sense in order to keep me reading?

    This is my first pregnancy and so after realizing I had wasted an hour and fifteen bucks (I really should have known to stop at the "Bitchclaimer") I could have spent on something I would have enjoyed reading, my wonderful husband ran out and got me good old What to Expect.... In terms of nutritional content, it far superior in terms of the voice it is written in, the scope of the information, the accessibility of the information and it is not at all the pedestrian read I thought it would be.

    Lastly, I did pick up the book again thinking it might have some nifty vegan recipes for mud masks or stretch mark prevention or some other concern. Well, even if it did, I couldn't find any. There is no index and the chapters are obscurely titled. So in addition to all my other gripes, this book is not user friendly and frankly I've got enough on my plate (pardon the pun) with the vomiting, headaches, ginormous breasts and first time mommy worries, to be reading about cows pooping when all I want to know is if I'm allowed to eat papaya.

    PS: Oh, and if the authors read this and decide to get up in arms - let me throw a little of your ubiquitous scattershot counterclaiming back at you - the word vegan does appear. It is buried on the second page of the forward. It might appear elsewhere but I would require and index to find it and I guess and this book is just not meaty (again, pardon the pun) to warrant one.
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  • reading it gives me a headache
    As other people said, this book is good at teaching you how to have a healthy vegetarian/vegan pregnancy. so this is really how they should write the book: if you are already a vegan/vegetarian, you are in good shape and what else you need to do. If not, otherwise, how to be healthy and skinny during pregnancy..
    Instead, the authors just constantly convince you (almost rudely) to convert yourself into a vegan - not even a vegetarian, which means that not eating meat isn't enough. Dairy products and eggs are all bad bad bad.. wtf?...more info
  • If you want to feel bad about yourself, a great read!
    The worst book that I have read in recent years. This dribble was given to me as a Christmas gift as I am expecting my second child. She and I thought that it would be a light hearted book about keeping fit during pregnancy. It is the most depressing book I have ever read. It has very little to do with pregnancy at all. Yes, the authors do warn you that they are not going to hold back, what they are pushing is plain nonsense. I am supporter of Friends of Animals and I do eat mostly Organic but to completely insult a reader who may not have the extra money to buy Organic but who does eat as healthy as possible within her means is down right insane as on page 205 "And don't be a cheap jerk. Buy Organic!" or on the very next page when the authors assault the reader if she doesn't eat organic by equating her with being a bad mother; " So decide right now what kind of mom you want to be. Loving or Lacking" So basically you are a bad mother already. There are far too many negatives to site about this book. One word sums it up for me.. BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Utterly Disappointing
    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....more info
  • Incredibly dangerous book.
    Pregnancy is not the time to try such drastic diets. This book would be less dangerous if it was about how to cook up meth to pay your medical bills while pregnant.

    If you want to talk about fact and research it should be easy to find that this book not only seems like an endorsement for PETA but seems to actually be yet another secretly backed PETA off shoot just like the ones that like to post the addresses of scientists doing important research into real medicine. If anyone can take a diet book that pushes colonics as being an important part of being healthy, need to really start doing some research....more info
  • A fantastic book on how to have a healthy vegan pregnancy
    It seems to me that the people who are put off by this book are those that don't wish to stop eating meat and are upset at having things they'd rather not know thrown in their face. I really thought this was a great book. I had been considering going vegan while I was nursing my first child but was concerned about doing so in a way that was nutritionally sound. I was grateful to find this book when I found out I was pregnant because I still wanted to become vegan but wanted to do so in a way that was healthy for my pregnancy. While the "in your face" writing style can be a little off-putting I think it's important to take it with a grain of salt; the authors are being provocative to get your attention. I think I could have done without the slaughterhouse stuff and in fact I skimmed most of it but it did help reinforce what I already felt about not wanting to support an industry that thrives (in part) on animal cruelty.

    Even if you're not looking to "go vegan", this book suggests a lot of diet overhauls that will help you and your baby be healthier. I would encourage everyone to read it with an open mind....more info
  • MUST BUY!!!
    This book is awesome, I recommend reading it prior to becoming pregnant if possible, which is what I've done. It's raw, complete data that every potential parent NEEDS to know! In addition to covering all topics related to nutrition during pregnancy, it's written by sassy modern women with great senses of humor ; ) I enjoyed this book so much I bought it for my sister, who is also planning to conceive soon....more info
  • Surprisingly good
    This was a surprisingly good book. The writers are sarcastic and witty. They're sort of shocking you into understanding how bad some things like sugar are, and how important some things like breastfeeding are. At the same time they provide lots of research to support their points, including that you can raise a healthy child on a vegan diet.

    They recommend you exercise, eat organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes that you change up regularly . Contrary to all the high protein diets, you do need carbs, just not the refined ones. Good carbs are in the fruits, veggies, and whole grains. They talk about how important it is to have regular bowel movements while you're pregnant, and that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can make this possible.

    I really like the chapter "The Companies You Trust Don't Care About Your Children." The stuff that's in baby lotion is appalling. They recommend organic cloth diapers or organic disposables. All four Heinz's toddler cereals have sugar in them. That's not good. They recommend making your own baby food, which I personally did, all you have to do is pick healthy adult food that is soft or mashed up. There is no reason to buy that bottled junk.

    They tell you to make other mommy friends, because they won't care how much you rave about Junior's every move. They also tell you to be a whole person, not just a mom. " She never asked you to be a single-minded lame-ass bore...She'd prefer to have a happy mom with a rich and layer life. " That's funny, and it's easy to become, "just a mom". We all deserve more than that.

    I don't know why I bought this book. I'm not pregnant, or even thinking about having a baby. But I really enjoyed it. It's saucy, but healthy advice. Yes, the language is a little trashy, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. This is a hip how to be a healthy cool mom book. I'm glad I bought it....more info
  • Honest pregnancy advice
    This is a great book for information on being a healthy prego. If you have read Skinny Bitch some of the chapters can be skipped since they are repeated and I honestly didn't want to read about animal abuse again. I do wish this book would focus exclusively on pregnancy when it seems alot was just rewritten for a new book. I also wish they had talked about possible interference of hormones with soy products during pregnancy. I recommend this book though along with Bitch in the Kitch. ...more info
  • This book is meant to scare ppl into becoming vegan
    Don't let the cute cover and catchy title of this book deceive you. I was given this book as a gift recently and am currently pregnant. In NO WAY is this book helpful to any pregnant woman who is not looking to convert to veganism. This book isn't even targeted at vegans because throughout it you are instructed to stop eating animal products and the brainwashing mantra "you and your baby are what you eat" is repeated after every anti-meat message. There are so many half-truths and exaggerations in this book it's diffucult to pick out any useful information. The authors' attempt to frighten pregnant women into thinking they are destroying their unborn babies by drinking a glass of cows milk or by having a plate of scrambled eggs is completely ludicrous. PETA must have given the authors some kickbacks for getting this published with all of the graphic depictions of "animal cruelty" in this book that is supposed to be about pregnancy. These Skinny Bitches are Vegan Nazis and I hope non-vegan women read this warning before they waste money on this worthless propaganda. ...more info
  • If you want to feel bad about yourself, a great read!
    The worst book that I have read in recent years. This dribble was given to me as a Christmas gift as I am expecting my second child. She and I thought that it would be a light hearted book about keeping fit during pregnancy. It is the most depressing book I have ever read. It has very little to do with pregnancy at all. Yes, the authors do warn you that they are not going to hold back, what they are pushing is plain nonsense. I am supporter of Friends of Animals and I do eat mostly Organic but to completely insult a reader who may not have the extra money to buy Organic but who does eat as healthy as possible within her means is down right insane as on page 205 "And don't be a cheap jerk. Buy Organic!" or on the very next page when the authors assault the reader if she doesn't eat organic by equating her with being a bad mother; " So decide right now what kind of mom you want to be. Loving or Lacking" So basically you are a bad mother already. There are far too many negatives to site about this book. One word sums it up for me.. BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Vegan is good for you!
    Hi,
    I'm a vegan mother expecting my third baby. I teach 7 yoga classes a week and get around for everything on my bike (we live in Scandinavia), my vegan hubby ran his first marathon this summer and my two kids are just beaming and glowing with energy. I can only recommend a well balanced vegan diet for any pregnant mom.

    Good luck!

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  • Self-Righteous, Unhelpful and Mean-Spirited
    I wanted to put this book down after the first few chapters but I stuck it out looking for the good parts. Didn't find them. If you're a vegan and you want to know how to stick to a vegan diet throughout your pregnancy, get a different book. This book has very little information about what food to eat -- just a list of some processed products you'll find in health food store freezers and some menus that sound okay but are impractical for working women. No recipes are provided, either. If you're not a vegan, this book won't convince you. It's full of insults and dire warnings that are likely to anger people who aren't yet receptive to a vegetarian lifestyle, much less a vegan one. I don't think pregnancy is the best time to be trying a vegan diet for the first time, anyway. It's hard enough for one person to learn to eat a whole new way -- and moms are eating for two. Get a book that tells you how to eat a varied, healthy organic diet that emphasizes fresh, whole foods, learn what nutrients are especially important during pregnancy, and don't expose yourself to these miserable women who believe they have all the answers....more info
  • A great investment in your future health & your child's future health & world
    Bun In The Oven is chock full of in-your-face honesty and fun foul-mouthed advice that's incredibly smart and ridiculously well-researched, with an amazing amount of footnotes. If you aren't yet vegan, it may be a real test of character to read this while pregnant, but bringing a child into the world is going to be an even bigger test, so suck it up and get real! This book can help strengthen you in mind and health, as it did for me.

    Despite the amusing-yet-rude language throughout, the book concludes with grace and enlightenment and a brilliant quote from Gandhi. This has got to be the most impressive Skinny Bitch book released so far. It's also the best pregnancy book I've read thus far, and I've read a metric forktonne of them, from anecdotal advice to midwifery/medical textbooks. This book truly stands out. Planning and acting for health and the betterment of the world for yourself and your children is about as long-sighted and intelligent and serious as you can get... yet with plenty of fun and bitchiness to lighten things up.

    Like the original Skinny Bitch book, Bun In The Oven contains impeccably well-researched dietary information (perhaps even more than the original) from the latest and most comprehensive studies to come out of the best institutions and from highly respected researchers, and more generally it's simply great advice on life and living well in the world - for the betterment of animals, people, health, and the environment - with a great overview of breastfeeding and early baby care in addition to being one of the best, most honest, general guides to pregnancy around... And I'd love to see a follow-up book of the same calibre on raising kids/mini-Skinny Bitches!...more info
  • A great investment in your future health & your child's future health & world
    Bun In The Oven is chock full of in-your-face honesty and fun foul-mouthed advice that's incredibly smart and ridiculously well-researched, with an amazing amount of footnotes. If you aren't yet vegan, it may be a real test of character to read this while pregnant, but bringing a child into the world is going to be an even bigger test, so suck it up and get real! This book can help strengthen you in mind and health, as it did for me.

    Despite the amusing-yet-rude language throughout, the book concludes with grace and enlightenment and a brilliant quote from Gandhi. This has got to be the most impressive Skinny Bitch book released so far. It's also the best pregnancy book I've read thus far, and I've read a metric forktonne of them, from anecdotal advice to midwifery/medical textbooks. This book truly stands out. Planning and acting for health and the betterment of the world for yourself and your children is about as long-sighted and intelligent and serious as you can get... yet with plenty of fun and bitchiness to lighten things up.

    Like the original Skinny Bitch book, Bun In The Oven contains impeccably well-researched dietary information (perhaps even more than the original) from the latest and most comprehensive studies to come out of the best institutions and from highly respected researchers, and more generally it's simply great advice on life and living well in the world - for the betterment of animals, people, health, and the environment - with a great overview of breastfeeding and early baby care in addition to being one of the best, most honest, general guides to pregnancy around... And I'd love to see a follow-up book of the same calibre on raising kids/mini-Skinny Bitches!...more info

 

 
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