Bethenny Frankel is a Modern Girl. She’s a best-selling author, creator of the SkinnyGirl® brand, chef, New York City Housewife, mother and a friend of mine. We met while I was producing her talk show and hit it off from the start. Bethenny’s fun, down-to-earth attitude and strong work ethic shines in everything she does. We would be in her dressing room discussing segments for the show and she would be focused on that, while fielding calls about SkinnyGirl® products about to hit shelves, writing a children’s book and approving photography for her Cocktails book, which was in the works. She often asked for input on the book and images, which was a fun and tedious process. Bethenny wanted to make sure the Mordern girl knows, you don’t have to choose a boring, flavorless light beer to save calories when drinking…you can enjoy a delicious, exciting and beautiful cocktail. When the ‘Skinnygirl Cocktails’ book hit selves it wasn’t a hard-cover coffee table book that collects dust and is barely opened….it was a small, paperback beauty the Modern Girl can keep on the kitchen shelf to quickly thumb through for inspiration and easy recipes. The book features 100 low calorie cocktails…some are twists on classics and others are original, sexy delights. I indulged in one too many spicy jalapeño margaritas at the Book Launch Party, but the next day headache was worth every sip and knowing I hadn’t consumed my daily caloric intake in cocktails was even better.
My friend Ryan and I toasting the original SkinnyGirl® herself at the Book Party in NYC.