Giving Recipes a Bad Name
Recipes with cutesy names are an almost inescapable feature of kids’ cookbooks. As of this month, the trend has advanced to new heights. Or is it lows?
The following recipe titles are real. Half of them are from a new cookbook aimed at vegan college students (or college students aiming to be vegans). The rest are from recent cookbooks for youngsters. See if you can tell them apart. Answers are at the end of this post.
1. Squelch and Crunch
2. Portable PB Pinwheels
3. Foaming Craters
4. Brainy Bac’n Cheese Toast
5. Poison Potion
6. Choco-Nanner Parfait
7. Emergency Soup
8. Pink Princess Pie
9. Whipped Cream Dream
10. Crazy Guac-Odile Dip
Half of the titles are from “PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook,” by Starza Kolman and Marta Holmberg (Sourcebooks, 2009, $14.99).
It’s meant to be a cheeky manual for vegan newbies. The recipes are designed for budget-conscious cooks with access to a freezer, a limited pantry, a blender and a microwave. These cooks must not be afraid to wield a variety of store-bought vegan items such as Chik’n Strips, Vegetable Skallops and Gouda-style Sheese.
Nor should they be averse to digesting Frozen Frat Balls, Stalker Fruit Salad, “Me So Corny” Thai Tomato Soup and Friends With Bennies Baked Beans. (And there’s plenty more along those lines.) Now, is that in good taste, PETA?
I couldn't bring myself to test them. To me, it's akin to staying in youth hostels while traveling abroad: At some point, it's neither appropriate nor appealing.
-- Bonnie Benwick
KEY: Answers 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 are from "PETA's Vegan College Cookbook"; answers 1, 3, 5 are from “Ready, Steady, Spaghetti,” by Lucy Broadhurst (Andrews McMeel, 2009 edition; answers 7 and 9 from “Cooking for Fun,” by Rae Grant (St. Martin’s, 2008)
The Food Section
May 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: Books | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, cookbooks, vegan
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