Who's Topping the Cookbook Charts? Alicia Silverstone
The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone
Move over Mario, Giada, Rachael, et. al. Guess whose book is on the top of Amazon's cookbook best seller list? Alicia Silverstone's. Perhaps she's not as clueless in the kitchen as she was in that movie. Silverstone's cookbook, The Kind Life: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet, was published by Rodale Books last October.
This puts her ahead of both Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, which are in the 2 and 3 spots. Silverstone's book is also number one on The New York Times bestseller list, in the 'hardcover advice' category, ahead of The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, and Child's Mastering the Art, Vol. 1. What this says about anything, I'll leave for you to decide.
Silverstone is a vegan, and her cookbook is a vegan guide, in which she divides potential adherents into three separate levels: Flirt, Vegan and Superhero. Once in a Batman movie, always in a Batman movie, I guess. Silverstone also has a blog, The Kind Life, which is, as Silverstone describes it, "an interactive extension of my book, 'The Kind Diet', which is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time!" In addition to her numerous film roles, Silverstone was voted Sexiest Female Vegetarian by PETA in 2004.
Get the Squid Ink'd Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly food newsletter, which features top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips and a link to our print review.