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Microwave 101: A Review of PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook

Cute, tattooed co-eds throw down in the kitchen!

Cute, tattooed co-eds throw down in the kitchen!

PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook: 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School is aimed at students living in dorms, an experience I am a decade removed from. Still, I remain a fan of tasty food made cheaply and easily so this book excites me. Yes, nearly all the recipes are carb heavy, many are of questionable nutritional value, and most involve very few fresh vegetables beyond onions, but that’s how college is. Shit is real! You don’t have time to be sprouting mung beans and basting turducken. You’ve got books to read and beer to drink!

Frankly, I’m amazed at all the things you can make in a microwave (including cake!). So far I’ve only made spaghetti and meat sauce. While the sauce—thick with Gimme Lean—was deliciously seasoned, the pasta was a mushy nightmare I am loath to revisit. Though preparing a meal in a microwave is more like a science experiment than cooking, there is fun to be had, and possibly even a tasty cake or two to be eaten. I can’t wait to start nuking more things! I think every microwave should come with a copy of this animal-friendly book.

Try some of the recipes now on!


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    Try the bean chili recipe! It’s awesome and (like every other recipe in this book) super easy.

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    More posts from Olivia Lane, please!!!

    By the way, this book sounds totally gross.

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    Yeah, this book sound disgusting…

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    Re: “this books sounds gross, etc.” . . .

    Have you even looked at the book? What is so “disgusting” about a guide to make all-vegan ingredients easier to put together for college students who may find it very hard to stick to a vegan diet due to the constraints of the environment they live in?

    I have the book and the recipes are hit or miss but really, who cares, you just don’t make a recipe that didn’t work the first time again.

    I think the “easily grossed out” reaction of many vegans is a trait that vegans should be cognizant of and take active measures to quell. It is a childish, knee-jerk, and easily ridiculed reaction that only makes veganism appear goofy.

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    Jludes, even if I wasn’t vegan, I’m pretty sure I’d have little interest in microwave cookbooks in general or cookbooks that have numerous “miss” recipes. To each their own, of course, but me being a snob about such things has nothing particularly to do with veganism.

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    It’s kind of sad. I used to work at a place that didn’t have a kitchen and only a microwave yet I managed everyday to make myself a healthy vegan lunch that didn’t involve carb heavy food with little vegetables. PETA just sends the wrong message to college students about what a vegan should eat. How about some salad recipes? those don’t require a microwave.