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Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans Paperback – August 6, 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
But I feel as if this should also get a cautionary warning: This is NOT a cookbook for a brand new chef or to pick up after a long day when you just want to eat something vegan, healthy and easy. (For that I'd recommend anything in the "Happy Herbivore" series of "Vegan with a Vengeance"
The challenge for the novice Vegan is that, while MS Slater is an excellent chef and really knows her stuff - she is not a corner-cutter and many of her recipes involve complex (and sometimes needless) steps. Her breakfast "Honky Tonk French Toast" recipe calls for baking a loaf of banana bread first (Yikes!); a snack recipe for a vegan pig in a blanket ("Pretzel Dogs of the Dead") has you making your own pretzel dough that has to rise in four steps that take over an hour and her "You Don't Know Jack Hash" involves multiple steps one of which involves sauteing a single ingredient for ten minutes THEN moving it to cook for over an hour in a slow cooker and THEN putting it in the fridge overnight. (This is recipe is actually really worth it - but I admit I skipped the slow cooker part and just cooked it very slowly in a skillet over low heat).
On the plus side her recipes are worth the extra steps and some of her more eccentric combos are really quite tasty (Her French fry tacos are far more delicious than they sound) and an experienced chef will know when to cut some of the needless steps she requires.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great photos and creative recipes that you don't find in other books! Highly recommend!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love love I love love love this book book is fantastic I highly recommend this book best book everPublished 8 months ago by Angelinaelliott
I own a ton of vegan cookbooks and this is by far the worst. I've tried a bunch of recipes in this book and they either didn't work or were just ok. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christin Delisa
This cookbook is as much fun to bake from as it is to read. I love Slater's stories and anecdotes peppered throughout the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jamie
This is a very fun cookbook. The recipes are creative, easy to follow, and most use easy to access ingredients. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C-Veg
I bought this as a gift for my son and his wife (both vegans). Delicious-sounding recipes with amazing photos - hope to taste some awesomeness soon!Published 15 months ago by Mara
My daughter received this book for a "Secret Santa" thing that they did at her job. She made the Samosa Pie recipe from the book and it was uber-amazing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Deborah L. Cassady