Synopses & Reviews
Natalie is the flip side of Martha Stewart, taking vegan cooking to places it has never been before.
Her self proclaimed cooking influences include TV, pro-wrestling, punk rock and heavy metal; the results are equally surprising—a refreshing take on great vegan baking with award-winning flavors, sure to create a buzz in the vegan community.
Her off-color humor, irreverent rants and density of pop-culture references will make you laugh out loud and appreciate her version of high-adrenaline, off-the-grid baking. Her recipe list is different, maybe even shocking, but once the flavor combinations sink in, they are appealing, tempting and irresistible. For example the Bike Messenger Brownies are inspired by the espresso-infused chai latte these speed demons use to fuel up. She feeds her son The Crouching Corn Bread, Hidden Broccoli to get him to eat a vegetable. She affectionately describes her popular and colorful Fruit Punch Twinkies as “a little less white trash” since they are made from scratch. And its best to quote her directly on her Shepherds Pie Pizza, “Some people are born to rock n roll. Others are born to ride. I was born to put mashed potatoes on pizza.”
“Natalie Slater, is an absolute tour de force: a skilled crafter, writer and baker—as well as a mom. Yeah—and you thought you were busy. Not only does this girl juggle a lot, but she 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
“This tattooed confectionist conjures old-school wrestling, zombies, and punk in the course of posting up mad cupcakes like the Mac 'n' Cheese, [and] The Elvis (banana & chocolate chip topped w/ peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache, and crumbled bacon)…” - Thrillist.com
"Bake and Destroy is like a party on every page. Natalie Slater doesnt 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."
Vegan Recipes Thatll Punch Your Taste Buds in the Mouth
Natalie Slater has been described as "Martha Stewart meets Iron Maiden," taking vegan cooking to places it has never been before. Influenced by slasher films, pro-wrestling, punk rock and heavy metal, her quirky-yet-delicious comfort foods are a refreshing take on vegan eating with award-winning flavors. Along the way, her off-color humor, irreverent rants and density of pop-culture references will make you laugh out loud.
Inside this high-energy cookbook youll find recipes for Bike Messenger Brownies—inspired by the espresso-infused chai latte these speed demons use to fuel up; and Crouching Cornbread, Hidden Broccoli—Natalies sneaky way of getting her son to eat vegetables. Other creations include the Grilled Mac ‘n Cheez Sandwich, Taco Lasagna, Chick-O Cheesecake, and her Shepherds Pie Pizza, about which she writes, "Some people were born to rock n roll. Others were born to ride. I was born to put mashed potatoes on pizza."
Bake and Destroy was named one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year by VegNews.
About the Author
Natalie Slater is the creator and writer of Bake and Destroy, "the food blog equivalent to a punch in the throat." She's a resident blogger at WTTW Chicago Tonight, and has served as a judge on Food Network's Cupcake Wars. She has written for Mint Magazine and Baking and Pastry International, and her recipes have appeared in Bust Magazine, Time Out Chicago and several online publications.