I picked this cd up at the library as some light humor along with some other weight loss books. It was surprisingly good - not as much cosmo magazine tripe, but went off on a huge portion of the book about evils of chemicals and vegan food to regulate metabolism and digestion. Contains graphic descriptions of meat-slaughtering plants, artificial sweeteners, dangers in the food supply of meat/dairy/fish/eggs, poor labeling of produce dangers/importance of private groups designated organic by independent organizations, corruptions in the food pyramid/agribusiness/regulatory bodies. This is not Phil McGraw's emotional eating! This book is saying, if you switch off chemicals and crap in the food supply, and increase fruit/veggies/legumes/nuts/water/etc that you will drop the excess weight and feel better.
I listened to the audio of Skinny Bitch. I have to say, this book IS a vegan book in disguise. The authors explain on their website that the title was a marketing ploy b/c they knew if women thought it was a vegan book, it might not sell as well. So deception aside, this book is the one that made me go vegetarian, effective immediately after listening to the slaughter house horror stories in chapter 4. In fact, I didn't even finish listening to the second half of the book because by that point I had gotten their point and didn't need to listen to the rest. I enjoy the healthier lifestyle, but I didn't need to hear the gruesome details of slaughter houses and the interviews with the workers.
As far as the cookbook goes, I have only made one recipe thus far. It is a vegan cookbook and I may swap it eventually because I've found other cookbooks that I think suit me better.