PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 11, 2009


PETA sent me their new cookbook to review for you all and to do a fun giveaway!


My first thought was ‘Wow I wish I had something like this when I was in university!’ I was not into cooking in university so these 275 super easy recipes would probably have helped me out a lot.

What amazed me (and also scared me) was that none of the recipes in this cookbook require a stove. Nope, they all use the microwave. Seeing as I am no longer a university student, the microwave doesn’t really appeal to me anymore. But thinking back to those days I actually used the microwave a lot!

My favourite part of the cookbook is the beginning few chapters. You will find information about:

  • Cliff notes for cooking
  • Vegans- what can you eat?
  • Stock your kitchen
  • Vegan alternatives to meaty, eggy, and milky stuff

I looked through almost all of the recipes in this book and if I am to be 100% honest here I was a bit disappointed.

The reason? Well, almost all of the recipes in this book include some type of veggie processed food (like veggie sausage links, veggie ham, vegan cheese, vegan chicken strips, etc). While these types of veggie products can be a quick and easy way to get some extra protein, I don’t think they should be relied upon for all of one’s meals. It was hard for me to find a lunch or dinner recipe that didn’t include some type of fake meat.

And let’s be honest here, fake veggie meat isn’t exactly cheap is it?

What I would have loved to see instead is that PETA educated vegetarian and vegan readers about other food options save for those often expensive packaged goods. I didn’t find anywhere in the book a mention of alternatives such as protein and fibre packed lentils, beans, or other non-processed options. Perhaps this is because students don’t have much time to cook these products? I am sure that is part of it!


With this being said, the book has some really fun and quick recipes. This one really made me laugh.

Broke-Ass Cinnamon Roll

  • 1 slice white bread
  • vegan margarine, to taste
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste

Cut the crust off the bread. Flatten the bread with a can or a rolling pin and spread it with the margarine. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll up like a burrito and microwave for 15 seconds.

Hey, they said the recipes were easy right? :D

Rules of Entering

  • Leave a comment below with your correct email address filled out


  • Winner will be chosen on Wednesday May 13, 3009 at 9pm EST
  • One entry per person
  • Contest open to anyone anywhere in the world
  • One copy up for grabs (the other one will be in my Shop 4 A Cause Auction)

food I tried my green monster this morning with some nutritional yeast!



  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze
  • 1/4 cup Grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 T flax
  • 1 T raw almond butter
  • 2 organic kale leaves

In just 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast this is a bit of what you will find:

  • 60 kcals
  • 3.9 grams fibre
  • 8.34 grams protein
  • 11 mg calcium
  • 56 mg Niacin
  • 9.6 mg B1
  • 9.6 mg B2
  • 9.6 mg B6
  • 240 mcg folic acid
  • 8 mcg B1
  • 220.8 mcg Biotin
  • 174 mg Phosphorus
  • and more!


Wow , amazing isn’t it??

The taste? I didn’t really notice the nutritional yeast at all! I think this is a great way to get in some extra B vitamins. Make sure you are buying the kind that is fortified with B vitamins because I hear that not all kinds are.


Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Sighting!

My raw chocolate chip cookies were spotted over at Whole Foods Whole Me. The wonderful Mi even calculated some nutritional information on them. Mmm, makes me want to whip up another batch!

Back to work I go! See you this afternoon. :) Have a wonderful Monday.


Today’s question: Are there any condiments that you really hate?

Me, I can’t stand relish! I also hate mayonnaise too. I never ate them as a child and so I never got used to them I guess!

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Samantha J May 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I’d love to have a copy!
haha I like that recipe too.


angiolle May 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I would love to win this cookbook!! I am going to college next year and it would be a great help!! My email is: [email protected]


heather May 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm

i have been thinking about going vegan again for a while now, and flipping through this could be one of the kicks i need!


Courtney May 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm

That book, as sad as it sounds, is exactly what I need! I am making an Amazon order TONIGHT! I read a few others reviews from bloggers [it seems Peta knows what they are doing ;] and some of the recipes could be altered easily to be healthy, but most off all? Require little utencils, clean up or time! And oh my gawsh, in our little apartment kitchen and on my school schedule – I need this book! haha, thanks for reviewing it!

And this is a little linksies for you:,0,1

Have a good night!


Danielle Lapierre May 11, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Would love this book!


brittany meenach May 11, 2009 at 8:22 pm

yea for peta. [email protected] who’s thinking of what to make for RAW WED, WITH JENNA?


Charlsie May 11, 2009 at 8:47 pm

OH I reallly want this book! Or the recipe for the raw chocochip cookies!

[email protected]


Katerina May 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Ohhhh I want this too! Yeay for giveaways.


Heather(OHIO) May 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Would love to try out this cookbook. Btw I LOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEE YOUR BLOG!!!!
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Lindsay @ Foodrun May 11, 2009 at 9:52 pm

love that cinnamon roll recipe. i think i’ll try that! my email is [email protected]


Sara B. May 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Sounds like a great cookbook.

BTW I love your blog!

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Eliza May 11, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Totally addicted to your site. I love how your recipes are vegan but you don’t preach.


Jessi May 11, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I’m so excited to try out this cookbook! It looks really interesting.


Alison May 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I’m really interested in checking out this book. [email protected]


Milca May 12, 2009 at 1:01 am

This book looks really cool. Hope I win!!

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Laura May 12, 2009 at 7:23 am

I’d really love to win this, considering I am a college student who is trying to find new easy recipes!

[email protected]


Caroline May 12, 2009 at 7:48 am

I’d love to have this cookbook! I need to find ways to branch out from my usual diet.


Tiffany May 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm

This book looks cool. I know my husband would love it.


Sarah May 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Sorry you were sort of disappointed — the good thing about recipes though is that they are just a starting point, then you can make your own adjustments.

Thanks for the contest, I’d like to try the book out ;-)


Cate May 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Hi Angela,
I would love to win the cookbook as I don’t know much about Vegan cooking in the first place and would love to learn more on this topic. I basically know that most salads and some tofu dishes qualify and if I want to eat vegetarian, I go to Chinese vegetarian restaurants in GTA but am not sure if they qualify as vegan.
I’m not a big condiment person. I usually eat my foods plain so that I can taste it (salad without dressing even). If I had to choose one that I don’t like I guess it would be Miracle Whip.


Richelle May 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I’m a broke college student… therefore a book with recipes such as “Broke ass Cinnamon Roll” would just be so form-fitting wouldn’t it?


Priyanka May 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I would love to try this book.Awesome giveaway!


ModelBehavior May 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Sounds right up my ally :D


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