Our "Skinny" Cookbook Culture

A quick bookstore browse reveals that "skinny" has infiltrated the cookbook and diet / wellness aisles. Never has a word, it seems, been more ubiquitous, or more charged. Perhaps it's a backlash against all the discussions of obesity, or a natural (?) extension of our intense national conversation about weight.

"Skinny" titled books have been around for a long time, but it's their recent proliferation I find notable. Perhaps we can credit/blame Skinny Bitch and its multiple spin-offs for the trend.

Some titles currently dominating bookstore shelves include:

The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life (Fireside) by Bethenny Frankel, a natural foods chef and star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City and the new series Bethenny Getting Married?. Frankel has also trademarked a cocktail called the Skinnygirl Margarita.

Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It... Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too! by Teresa Giudice (Hyperion). A self-described "true housewife, if ever there was one" according to her website, Giudice appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Your Inner Skinny: Four Steps to Thin Forever by Joy Bauer (William Morrow). According to her bio, Bauer is the nutrition and health expert for the Today show and a contributing editor to Self and Parade magazines.

Secrets of a Skinny Chef: A Hundred Decadent, Guilt-Free Recipes (Rodale) by Jennifer Iserloh. Calling herself the "Skinny Chef," Iserloh is a certified yoga teacher and former private chef.

While focusing on healthful eating is terrific, we can't all be skinny, just as we can't all be young. Is the message that we can, or should, ultimately a good one, or not?

How do you feel about the "skinny" trend in cookbooks? Chime in below!

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Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule. Read all of Cheryl's iVillage posts here.

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