Vegan Author on Capitol Hill
Rory Freedman, co-author of the best-selling diet manifesto Skinny Bitch, visited Capitol Hill with PCRM this summer to offer nutrition advice, weight-loss tips, and samples of delicious vegan food to members of Congress and their staffs.
Freedman entertained the audience of Capitol Hill staffers and PCRM members with her candid, tough-love approach to encouraging healthier eating. PCRM president and nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., was on hand to discuss the health benefits of the vegan diet advocated in Freedman’s book.
More than 160 audience members sampled vegan recipes, including Mediterranean Pasta Salad and “Bitchtastic Brownies,” from Freedman’s cookbook Skinny Bitch in the Kitch. Freedman challenged participants to try a vegan diet for 30 days by making a “veg pledge.” She also offered Capitol Hill staffers suggestions on how to commit to a healthy diet and make meatless cooking quick and easy.
The event was covered by Capitol Hill newspapers Roll Call and The Hill, as well as Politico.com and the DC Examiner.
Skinny Bitch, which was cowritten with holistic nutritionist Kim Barnouin, was published in 2005 and became an international best-seller after pop star Victoria Beckham was photographed carrying a copy of the book in a Los Angeles boutique. The book has sold more than a million copies.
PCRM Online, September 2008