3838542829 3420344285 m Does bitching people out actually turn them into vegans? Vegan-manifesto-cum-diet-book Skinny Bitch has certainly been selling well since its publication in 2005 — though the book seems to have attracted as many haters as fans. Reviews run the whole gamut:

>> Salon called Skinny Bitch a “PETA pamphlet in chick-lit clothing and an innovative fusion of animal rights activism with punitive dieting tactics that prey on women’s insecurities about their bodies.”

>> The New York Times sounded somewhat bewildered as to how the “authors’ ferocious conviction” seemed to drive sales despite their lack of formal medical or nutritional credentials.

>> GreenMuze pointed out how in their vegan zeal, the authors of Skinny Bitch glide over problems posed by food that happened to be vegan — i.e. genetically modified, pesticide-farmed soybeans.

>> Blue Planet Green Living waxed lyrical about how Skinny Bitch “transcends traditional diet ideology by teaching that being healthy is more important than being skinny” — despite the fact that the book’s, um, called Skinny Bitch.

3838541459 c337e0da43 Perhaps the authors really wants to teach health over skinniness now, because Skinny Bitch’s venture onto the web’s been sort of been rebranded — into Healthy Bitch! Yep, one of Skinny Bitch’s authors — Kim Barnouin — has launched a daily e-newsletter called Healthy Bitch Daily.

Sign up, and you’ll get “healthy, say-it-like-it-is advice on food, fitness, sex, money, meditation, shopping and more, so you can stop listening to the crap your friends feed you,” according to HBD’s website. Vegan isn’t mentioned — but I’m guessing local organic yogurt won’t be featured on Healthy Bitch Daily anytime soon.

However you feel about Skinny Bitch, you’ll likely love the dinner served at Healthy Bitch Daily’s official launch, happening Thurs., Sept. 10 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Breadbar, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., R-2., in Century City, Calif. The event begins with a lecture and book signing with Kim Barnouin, chased by a special bento-style 7-course all-vegan menu put together by Kim and chef Nori of ironnori concepts. RSVP for the event to taste:

>> Watermelon Gazpacho, Tapioca Pearl
>> Broccolini Bruschetta, Kimchi
>> Smoky Eggplant Caviar, Hummus
>> Seaweed Salad, Ginger, Scallion-Marinated Tofu, White Sesame Vinaigrette
>> Kabocha Squash Soup, Asian Pear, Fried Chickpea, Thai Basil Pesto
>> Sweet Potato Okura, Red Curry Quinoa, Soy Tzatziki
>> Mole Chocolate Risotto, Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Dinner costs $30 before tax and gratuity — and seating is limited, so RSVP by calling Breadbar at 310.277.3770. The lecture and book signing is free.

Images courtesy of Skinny Bitch and Healthy Bitch Daily

Skinny Bitch gets healthy
<i>Skinny Bitch</i> author Kim Barnouin invites you to a 7-course vegan dinner to launch Healthy Bitch Daily.