A few weeks back, @cookveganlover was offering up a copy of PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook on Twitter. Seeing as how I enjoyed PETA’s first fortay into vegan cookbooks and not to mention it was FREE (free cookbook?! Cha ching!!) , I figured I would give it ago. She was kind enough to ship it out to me (what a dear!). Granted, I had glanced at it briefly on the shelves of various bookstores in my area. It always taunted me. A banging tattooed chicke on the front?! Win! Oh, but I was sadly mistaken.
As soon as I opened it and glanced at the recipes, I knew it was a waste of my time. Nearly every recipe requires a microwave and some form of fake dairy/meat product. As vegans, aren’t we supposed to shy away from this processed fake products?! As my mother put it once, “Everything about veganism is fake! Fake cheese, fake meat, fake milk…. Is there anything real?!” I think had to explain to her that not all vegans eat that way. Well, this book does nothing but prove my mother right.
I promptly sent miss @cookveganlover a message, apologizing to her for wasting the money to ship it out to me.
Good for perhaps the laziest, most unhealthy college vegan out there, this book might be right up your alley. For me, someone who makes their own everything, it was a major waste of time. PETA has failed. Big time.
The only thing going for this book is the fact that PETA endorces it. Being so widely known in the animals rights area, new vegans (who don’t know any better) might flock to this book and rejoice. Yeah, not me. While PETA does a pretty good job getting the vegan voice heard in the world, they fail at a lot of things. It surprises me they didn’t have a recipe for Breast Milk Ice Cream in here to be honest.
Oh, wait. That doesn’t require a microwave. Balls.
In conclusion, the ones who compiled this book either didn’t give a shit about its content or they simply thought college vegans were morons that would purchase just about anything PETA was written on. Give college kids a shred of credit, asswads. Their mommy’s and daddy’s aren’t paying for their education to be duped into buying this garbage just because your name is on it!
Or are they…..