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Giving Recipes a Bad Name

Quiz time!

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?


Chock-full of cute titles.

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)

By The Food Section  |  May 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Books  | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, cookbooks, vegan  
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Comments

PETA is a terrorist group by definition based on their actions. Anyone who belongs and contributes money to these terrorists should be sent to GITMO and forced to listen Al Gore speeches. PETA at their animal shelter in VA executed these poor defenseless animals they allegedly rescued and were supposed to make available for adoption. They are operating a slaughterhouse. And lets not forget Rush Limbaugh is making PSA's for their political arm the HSUS. Rush has gone over to the far left. He is lying two faced scumbag cat owner.

Posted by: sheepherder | May 28, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

After reading your blog, I wondered what is in these recipes, so I went to Amazon and looked at the reviews of the Peta book. Some, self-described non-cooks, loved it. Others were along the lines of this one:

These recipes are easy, but for the most part unoriginal and unhealthy.
Every recipe is fake meat, fake cheese (unhealthy and expensive) nuked with some instant carb. This may appeal to some, but not my cup of tea.

Reminds me of my first off-campus experience many years ago. My mother gave me a copy of the general purpose cookbook she used most often. I made meals. My roommate rehydrated Lipton's freeze-dried entrees. That lasted one semester.

Posted by: fran426 | May 28, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Yep, fran426, many contained those kinds of ingredients. I think the point was for them to be shelf-stable, quick-access, etc. Maybe vegans living in dorms wouldn't be able to stash much fresh food. Anyway, I'm with you.

Posted by: benwickb | May 28, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I also think the point was for them to be shelf-stable

Posted by: suesue8709 | May 28, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Although I'm not in college anymore and haven't been for quite some time, I love this cookbook because it perfectly demonstrates how cheap and easy it is being vegan. I love the recipes, especially when I come home after a long day at work hungry.

For those out there who eat meat simply because it's convenient, this book is for you. If you're vegan, this book is for you.

Posted by: mvonlehe23 | May 29, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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