In a pretty brilliant branding move, “Skinny Bitch” author Kim Barnouin has signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery imprint, which concentrates on celebrity authors and women’s fiction, to publish her romantic novel “Skinny Bitch in Love.”
“Skinny Bitch in Love” will be Barnouin’s second solo publication but first work of fiction. In it, a vegan chef protagonist who’s suddenly hit bottom in both her personal and professional lives falls for a carnivorous man. We hope she converts him! After all, some of the sexiest guys live meat-free.
The best-selling Skinny Bitch series comes with a built-in audience, and we Americans love our food TV and celebrity chefs, anyway. But being a conscientious consumer of media can be challenging: some previously devoted fans who have gone vegetarian or vegan, for example, may have also made the decision to stop watching “Top Chef” or “The Next Food Network Star,” not wanting to support an industry that blows through pig after pig in the name of bacon-themed challenges (though we appreciate having seen the odd vegan or vegetarian kitchen romp and still wonder why the chefs found them so tough).
Maybe “Skinny Bitch in Love” could help start a literary revolution. Will the title tie-in encourage non-vegans to pick up the book, or will it be read primarily by those of us who want to see ethical reflections of ourselves? Could it herald the acceptance of more incidentally veg-friendly characters? “Fifty Shades of Tofu” might not be too far in the future.