Are you looking to add a little LGBT flair to your kitchen? Maybe you’re just looking for a campy cookbook to add to your collection? Look no further, because Mistress Ginger Cooks! is here for you.
Written by Mistress Ginger (cabaret persona of Justin Leaf, a ballet dancer and cabaret performer in Minneapolis), this all-vegan cookbook has camp, shirtless men, and enough double entendres for the whole family.
The book begins with a word from your mistress and some vegan diet advice. After that, the “meat” (pun intended) of the book begins.
Mistress Ginger gives us tips on whats in her pantry, including different kinds of nuts, fruits, oils and sweeteners. For anyone looking to get into a vegan way of life, this little guide is just what you need to stock your pantry and rid yourself of pesky meat products. From there, we go into descriptions of the different utensils the Mistress uses, as well as an in-depth description of specialty vegan items.
If you’re like me, you haven’t the slightest idea of what is a good vegan substitute for honey, or what hempseeds are. The book offers some great explanations (with, of course, a touch of camp) to really clue in those of us who aren’t as familiar with a vegan lifestyle or dietary needs.
After we get past the explanations of vegan dietary staples, the cookbook proper begins.
It’s divided into sections corresponding to meals in the day or types of food; for example, “Good Morning, Sunshine” details breakfast items, while “Breads, Beverages and a Bubbly Bombshell” delivers, you guessed it, items relating to drinks and breads. From there, we see sections about side dishes, salads, soups, sauces/garnishes and desserts.
What separates this book from any other run-of-the-mill vegan cookbook is the delightful (and sometimes over-the-top) camp that goes along with each recipe, whether it’s the name of the item, the anecdote that accompanies each recipe, or the recipe itself.
“Pop My Cherry Scones” includes “put on your most ruffly apron” as an early step in preparation. “Threesome Salad” lists a tip for playing around with the salad, stating: “It’s fun to play around with different threesomes now and then.” While the camp can be charming, it does sometime get to be a little too much. Luckily, it doesn’t get in the way of providing quality vegan recipes with a nod towards the LGBT community.
If you’re interested in the vegan lifestyle, are looking for a new cookbook, or just need a new conversation piece for your kitchen, check out Mistress Ginger Cooks! The book is available on Amazon for $24.95.
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