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"Bake and Destroy is like a party on every page. Natalie Slater doesn’t shy away from over-the-top, knock-your-socks-off recipes you will find yourself making again and again."

—Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner

"[Natalie] does it all with a sharp wit and a punk-rock, can-do attitude that has become her signature and inspired people all around the world."

—CakeSpy.com

 

About the Author

Natalie Slater is the creator of bakeanddestroy.com with more than a half-million hits a month. She was the winner of the Cooking Channel’s "Perfect Three Contest" and has served as a judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and son.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Page Street Publishing; SPI edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624140025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624140020
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Natalie Slater is the creator and writer of popular food blog Bake and Destroy. Original recipes with a healthy dose of pop culture have made her blog a fan favorite since 2006. Her first cookbook, "Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans" was named one of VegNews Magazine co-founder Colleen Holland's "15 Most-Anticipated Vegan Cookbooks of 2013".

As a recurring Threadcakes celebrity judge, guest judge on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and creator of SugarSlam (an online, pro-wrestling-themed bake off) Natalie puts her cooking expertise and sassy opinions to work in finding underground culinary talent.

She has written for Baking and Pastry International, and her recipes have appeared in Bust Magazine, Time Out Chicago and several online publications.

Natalie lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Tony, and their son Teno.

Customer Reviews

Fun easy to follow recipes!
M. A. Torres
This is a one of a kind book that blows away any other vegan recipe book.
B.hahn
The best Vegan cookbook, written by a humorous and witty girl.
David LaVigne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laura A Kaplan on September 21, 2013
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Hmm, so I really like the inventiveness of these recipes, and they're definitely living up to the title of "good food for bad vegans." Problem is I was hoping these recipes would be a tad bit more practical. A lot of them I'd only want to make for special occasions like Thanksgiving or parties where I need an awesomely impressive dessert or whatever, but a lot of that could be I generally try to limit how much "bad" foods I eat.

I was actually pretty hesitant to go through and pre-order this cookbook, because it was around the time I started a quest to lose weight and get healthy, but I was hoping there'd still be some good treats to indulge in once in a while, and there definitely is. There are even some relatively healthy recipes that are so delicious (especially "BBQ Salad" which I tried the other day).

But, overall there are only a few recipes I wanted to rush to make on my first look through the book, and those all have difficult to grab a hold of ingredients or gear. For example, cacao nibs in the Candy Bar Smoothie, or a canoe pan for the "Fruit punch winkies" (she does give an alternative to a canoe pan that you can supposedly diy, but it doesn't quite make sense and I worry it wouldn't work too well).

Also, the jackfruit might be difficult for many to get, but I was able to get it online and tried the "Cannibal Corpse Crock-pot" pretty quickly.

I love the names for the foods, most are very funny/creative. I also love the illustrations and that the desserts come first in the book. There are plenty of pictures (usually cookbooks don't have enough pictures much to my chagrin) and the presentation is quite great.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BohemianWolf on August 22, 2013
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I have to say, this woman is a friggen GENIUS!!!

I really enjoyed just reading this cookbook. The author is very witty and her book was definitely not a dry, boring read. She has little intros to each recipe that alone are worth the cost of the book.

But it's her thinking outside of the box that impressed me the most. She talks about how she came up with ideas for certain recipes as well as things she changed from other recipes. She really makes my brain go into overdrive when I think about food. Her recipes sparked my imagination and made me start to be more creative with my cooking.

This is seriously a five star book. I am extremely happy with it and I will definitely be drawing ideas from it for years to come. I'm not a vegetarian, but I will wholeheartedly recommend this book to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maya Opavska on August 13, 2013
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What a refreshing new vegan cookbook! I preordered this book last year when I first heard about it and had huge expectations for something refreshingly new, and I'm happy to say that Natalie delivers! I love her creative and relaxed approach to vegan cooking, and that not only does she encourage the reader to experiment, she gives great tips on things to try (including a handy reference for how to modify other non-vegan recipes to make them vegan, and how to modify her recipes with ingredients that you might prefer). This book includes great dishes to serve guests, simple dishes to whip together for yourself and your family, killer desserts, lots of fun recipes that make vegan fare more palatable for kids too, and mouth-watering photos of every recipe. I love this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Histed on January 9, 2014
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I made the vegan granola bars to take to a work thing, clearly labeled them as vegan (hoping that would result in leftovers for me to take home) and not only did none of these meat-and-preservative addicted fools complain, they devoured all of them, THANKED ME (that never ever happens), and a week later, the one who always mocks my lunches if he sees anything green and/or leafy, actually asked when I'd make more. Done, boom, pleasing the ungrateful AND getting good food in them? Totally worth the price of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelby on September 8, 2013
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This book. Seriously. There's not a bad thing about it! No boring descriptions. No ugly photos. And definitely no bad recipes. I'm not kidding when I say that every page I turned had me saying "Oh my god. I have GOT to make this." The best thing is... you don't have to be vegan to enjoy what is in it. Everything looks and sounds delicious, and easy to make. I love everything about this book. Buy it. Now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ross on October 8, 2013
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I seriously bought this book for the desserts and novelty recipes (um hello, a vegan twinkie? yes, please.) After tearing through the pages and finding a lot more goodies that I was expecting, I decided to give the Breakfast Pizza recipe a go. I've been wanting some old-fashioned biscuits and gravy for a while now. This pizza is THE best breakfast pizza I have EVER eaten. I can't even describe how awesome it is. I may have, in my over-enthusiasm, exclaimed to my husband that I'd roll around in it if I could. I would have bought this book if the only recipe in there was for this pizza. I'm over the vegan moon (not made of cheese, yo) about trying more of these recipes. The Chick-o-Stick Cheesecake, Indian Buffet Pizza, and Pretzel Dogs to name a few. Yay, Natalie Slater for making me admit I'd roll around in a food if I could! Keep the books coming!
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