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Win PETA’s Original Cookbook

Written by PETA | September 16, 2011

It has been a week of milestones at PETA. Sunday we told you about the 30th anniversary of the Silver Spring monkeys case, PETA’s first investigation, which thrust animal rights into mainstream consciousness. Today, PETA’s first cookbook, The Compassionate Cook: Or, “Please Don’t Eat the Animals!” is being re-released to celebrate its 18th anniversary.

Authored by PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, the book has received rave reviews over the years for its 225 easy recipes made from simple, everyday ingredients for people who want to save animals’ lives every time they sit down to eat.

Want to own a piece of history? We’re giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment telling us why you want The Compassionate Cook, and a winner will be chosen at random. If you don’t win, you can still grab the book at PETA’s online store.

Good luck, and happy (cruelty-free) eating!

The winner will be chosen at random from submitted animal-friendly comments telling us why the commenter wants the book. The contest ends September 23, 2011, and the winner will be notified by October 7. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.


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  • Denise says:

    I have eaten meat my whole life and I have just realized how wrong and cruel it is to eat animals. Being a new vegetarian, soon to be vegan, I could use all the help I can get when it comes to meal times. I can only stand to eat black bean burritos and salads so much longer :)

  • Blind0angel says:

    I’m a recent vegetarian after hearing the horrible things animals endure in slaughter houses. This cookbook would help me with my transition, also i could help my family and friends to stop eating animals by showing them great tasting, curelty free alternatives

  • Greg Rankin says:

    I’ve got a copy of the original edition, but it’s been used so much that it’s falling apart.

  • Joan says:

    I’ve recently become vegan and need good cookbooks to show me how to fix good nutritious food that doesn’t harm animals. I look to the PETA site to learn about being a good friend to animals and for ways to help them out.

  • Caitlin says:

    I want the cookbook so I can make yummy vegan meals for my carnist friends!

  • Shawna says:

    My family is vegetarian, but we find it difficult to be completely vegan because of where we live and our hectic lives. Vegan food isn’t readily available were we live. But we are working on it little by little. It would be great to find a cookbook that I can actually find the ingredients locally.

  • Corey Wrenn says:

    I’m looking for more ways to present vegan food as delicious and easy, this book looks like a great opportunity to learn new recipes and to share with non-vegans

  • Kelli_C_Doussan says:

    I would LOVE to win this cookbook because I feel as thought I’ve found a new purpose in life. I have been vegetarian for 10 years but just recently went vegan a few months ago and it has been the best decision I’ve ever made physically and spiritually. I love trying new vegan recipes and sharing them with my family-opening up people to the flavors and benefits veganism. I hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • hippiegirlclaire says:

    Because being vegetarian is so important to me and I’m a crap cook who can’t afford to buy it in store.

  • Olivia says:

    I want The Compassionate Cook because I want to eat more vegan foods so I can make the transition from vegetarian to vegan. :)

  • kamikazevegan says:

    i try soooo hard to be vegan…but im only a veganish vegeterian

  • Kendall Carson says:

    I wan’t this cookbook because I am a certified Baketivist. “This can’t be vegan,” is said normally in my home by the omnivores. I think telling them that not only is it vegan but that they can thank PETA would be the cherry on top!

  • Kim says:

    I would love to win a copy of The Compassionate Cook because I am always looking for new vegan recipes to try!

  • Kelum Dissanayake says:

    I wana b a vegan. But How?

  • Robyn says:

    I always love new yummy vegan recipes!!!

  • Moxiereviews says:

    Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of the cookbook! I will purchase the cookbook if I don’t win. However, I’d love to win because I would like to own this. I have a beauty blog and I *only* review products from companies that do *not* test on animals. Hooray for PETA and all your supporters! x

  • Hannah says:

    I love cooking!!! I need some more recipies!

  • Anna says:

    I’m the only one in the house thats veg, and I’d love to make some veg recipies that everyone (including me for once!) can enjoy.

  • beeau says:

    I’ve only become a vegetarian a little over a month now and I need some good recipes!

  • Yak says:

    We are what we ate, whant to learn who I am

  • Judy Leon De Arayaes says:

    Ive been a vegan for a little over 2 years,a vegetarian for 13 years.Going vegan is the BEST thing that i ever did,i not only look better,i feel incredible and i want to share with others that vegan food is delicious,filling and easy to do.Most people dont know what we vegans eat,they think we only eat lettuce,and stay away from it…with this book and its recipes i could show people vegan food is amazing,they can lose weight and feel 10 years younger!

  • EricU says:

    This book would probably help with my ongoing introductions of vegan cooking to meat eaters. Many of my friends and relatives now eat vegan food much more often and I am always looking for more good ideas on what to serve them and show them that cruelty-free food can be exciting, delicious and morally satisfying. Keep up the great work, PETA!

  • Lucia Trelles says:

    I have just finished culinary school and I want this book because I support vegan causes! I’ve been a vegetarian for 3 years and it feels great! I just join an organization called Patitas S.O.S and we pick up animals from the street and give them a home!I hope that I can win this book! It would be awesome!!

  • erikabaron says:

    I have always wanted to be vegan and now since turning 16 2 months ago I’ve been allowed to. I now cook for myself and this cookbook will really help a new vegan to be able to enjoy food more and that’s why I should win :)

  • Rayni says:

    Because I’ll be opening the first vegan restaurant in cebu and bohol philippines!

  • Justine B says:

    I am working on my plans to open a new concept in health & wellness retreats and part of that program is to teach guests to appreciate, cook and create cruelty-free, nutritious, mindful meals and snacks… The Compassionate Cook would definitely assist to inspire and inform the development of this programme!

  • jlee says:

    Hi, Would love the cookbook because my girlfriend and i are trying to eat more compassionately/responsibly, but need the help with cooking recipes to be successful!

  • holly cooper says:

    I would love a copy of this cookbook so I can so my love for my family by cooking them healthy meals and so I can show my love for animals by not consuming them.

  • JordanGibson says:

    I need the cookbook because I live in West Virginia and cookbooks like this do not exist here. I love animals with all my heart and want to do what I can to help animal rights. I LOVE PETA and I HATE ANIMAL CRUELTY!

  • Alicia says:

    I’ve been vegan for two years, but I often rely on my Mum’s amazing cooking to get me through the week. I’d love The Compassionate Cook because I could use some easy recipes so that I can start cooking for myself!

  • Terri Gaines says:

    Over the past year, our family has been transitioning from having meat several times a week to once a month or less, with the goal of complete removal of meat from our diet. We are completely disgusted by the cruelty of factory farming and are trying to raise our two elementary aged boys to make compassionate choices. This cook book would be a tremendous help in making our meatless meals more diverse and interesting for us and our kids.

  • Emily D. says:

    I want it because I love cookbooks.

  • sammieola13 says:

    The Compassionate Cook would be a great way to help both me and my family to start eating both in a healthy and cruelty-free way. Though my parents may not want to go vegetarian or vegan, I think that the cookbook would be a great way for them to help me to begin my vegetarian lifestyle. I have tried going vegetarian and was successful for a week. Now, I would like to continue being a vegetarian. Animals are our friends…we don’t eat friends.

  • Anoop Kaur Minhas says:

    I am a vegan now, but I have been vegetarian my whole life. My whole family is vegetarian. For a while now I have been making my own food. I refuse to use any of my money to buy dairy/meat products even for someone else. My meals consist of veggies (organic if I can afford it). I make my own vegan sauces and different types of foods that people think vegans can’t eat. But we can eat them…. homemade and tastier versions of them. I use organic spelt flour for any recipes that call for flour. I bake a lot for others so they can see it’s not hard to eat the way I eat. And they realize how much more yummy it is and way more healthier. I make my own whipping for cake using cashews/almonds and my own food colouring. I refuse to even by anything boxed or processed because I am not going to waste time reading ingredients like mono/di-glycerides and glycerine when I can make the same thing at home which is way for fun to do and is much more delicious. I drink almond/brown rice/soy milk. I also use those different milks to make pudding (yummy vegan pudding). When I tell people at school what I did on the weekend, they always wonder how I did it. I tell them it’s easy and encourage them to try not eating so much meat. I enjoy the time I spend in the kitchen. I like coming up with new and delicious things that people didn’t think was possible. And through sharing my experience in the kitchen others, I hope I make a difference in their thinking on this. Some foods I have made include: pizza pretzels, pizza pop, pudding, lemon zest cake with vegan icing and carob pudding layer in the middle. I make my own crackers (that taste better than ritz could ever taste). I make my own bread, jam and peanut butter, cinnamon rolls, carob cupcakes, and butterfingers. Yes, I said butterfunger ;)

  • Tjp1998 says:

    I would love to have PETAs first cookbook so I can share it w friends and family and hopefully inspire them to go veg! And of course, make the many delish recipes in the wonderful book.

  • Ashley says:

    I have recently decided to make the transition from vegetarian to vegan. I could not be more excited or proud of my decision. I’ll share my opinion with friends and family but want to hopefully change their diets by leading by example and making great vegan meals to introduce them to the great tasting and cruelty free way of life.

  • Victoria says:

    I became vegan two and a half years ago, but transitioned to being a vegetarian. I’m now embarking on the path back to veganism and The Compassionate Cook will not only be a great aid to the change but a great addition to my vegetarian and vegan cookbook collection!

  • Wendy Jackson says:

    My husband and I watched “Earthling” earlier this year and were shocked by what we saw. We read up on the subject and discovered that it was all true. We have since become vegetarians, joined PETA, started shopping cruelty-free, and speaking up for animals in every way we can. We so helpful for PETA’s advice and direction. We were meat-eaters for 35 years and are now committed to cooking healthy animal free meals for ourselves and our 17 month old son. This cookbook would be a great help!

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