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Betty Crocker Goes Vegan

Now this is something that any food enthusiast, movie lover, or vegan will appreciate! PETA’s very own director of youth outreach and campaigns, Dan Shannon, and his wife, Annie, have taken on the epic task of veganizing every recipe in the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

The Betty Crocker Project: Reuben Sandwich with Coleslaw
Betty Crocker Goes Vegan

Their blog was inspired by the recent chick flick Julie & Julia, which is about a young woman who blogs about her experiences cooking all the recipes from one of Julia Child’s cookbooks. Annie was deeply upset by one scene in the movie in which a lobster is boiled alive and decided to take on a more humane cooking challenge of her own.

Whether it’s a tuna casserole or shrimp scampi, the Shannons will leave no page unturned—they have committed to the challenge of creating a delicious and humane alternative to each dish in the Betty Crocker Cookbook no matter how long it takes. And it might take a while—there are nearly 1,000 recipes in the cookbook!

Check out the Shannons’ incredible journey and all their mouthwatering and cruelty-free recipes here.

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  • Debbie says:

    I am really looking forward to this cookbook, so glad I am not eating red meat now, still working on going soy, but eating more beans and veggies, I have PETA to thank for all of it, I know I’m getting healthier and saving animals at the same time! Will order a cookbook when they’re done, the old Betty Crocker one was a favorite

  • Linda says:

    This is fantastic! It’ll be fascinating to watch the journey evolve and, hopefully, there will be a vegan book at the end of it all!

  • chander kumar soni says:

    i loved it.

  • Sara says:

    So glad to hear this.. it is so frustrating to get cookbooks and see only a few vegetarian recipes and even less vegan. I have always loved the Betty Crocker cookbooks and cannot wait until this one comes out!!

  • A Pattri says:

    Can’t wait. I hope I’ll be able to get it in Australia too.

  • Nikita Vyas says:

    I think its about time vegans and vegetarians had some say in things. Who knows maybe I will convince some of my friends. I think the book is a great idea. Thanks a million!

  • Karen says:

    I can’t wait for a copy of the cookbook! What a fabulous idea! Best of luck in this worthy endeavor!~Karen

  • Fifi says:

    I soooo cant wait for this book!! Also, just FYI, I saw an interview with Amy Adams and she said they used a fake lobster in the boiling scene…yay

  • Linda Bellavia says:

    I would greatly appreciate it if I could have instructions as to how to order this new cookbook as gifts for family and friends! So many animal lovers would love to have this cookbook! Can you please help me with this? Thanks! Linda B.

  • Tabitha says:

    What a fantastic and ambitious endeavor! I’m always trying to veganize recipes, so I am excited to see this cookbook. Just one more way to make life for vegans a little bit easier and more fun!

  • Winter says:

    So very cool! Going to try a few of these out..

  • mojave says:

    Cool! I used to love French onion soup, and there is a company that sells a darn good vegetarian version (can’t recall the company name), but it’s really expensive. There are a lot of classic and American comfort food recipes I’d love to find in a vegetarian form.
    When they finish the book, please put it on the front page, Peta.

  • Heather says:

    Why didn’t I think of this YEARS ago? Can’t wait to see all the recipes.

  • Alex Aparicio says:

    Loved the movie Julie and Julia and love the idea of making the recipes vegan even better. It is a book I will definitely be getting to add to my collection.

  • Tierra-Chapman says:

    Noble enterprise! Can this not become a published book, once they’ve veganized everything – IOW, can they get around the legal red tape? They’d have a jillion buyers; the cookbook would make great gifts to family members who are still on the fence, plus, they’d be a welcome addition in any vegan’s kitchen. I know, we’re in the cyber world now, but a book in hand is comforting to many.

  • Kylie says:

    I am really excited by this book, I have only recently gone vegetarian and my fiance is a meat-eater but happy to eat vegetarian IF I make nice enough food, I really need some ideas to keep us both happy and content without things getting boring, so I welcome this book!

  • Donna Burke says:

    Oh,Free recipes, better yet!!! I can’t wait to try them out!!! I’ll be tuned in to this wonderful project!!!

  • Donna Burke says:

    I love it!!!! Can’t wait to buy the new and improved Betty Crocker cookbook. Thanks Dan and Annie Shannon for your caring and ambitious project.

  • Lauren says:

    Love this idea! Can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

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  • veggiemamma says:

    This Julie & Julia production is one I don’t want to miss!! Way to go you two, can’t wait to see the new recipes transformed!! Thank you!!!

  • Rudy Scott says:

    How do I get a copy of the cookbook?

  • Carrie says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I love my Betty Crocker cookbook but have frequently dismissed many of the non-vegetarian recipes. The Shannons’ veganizing makes it even better!

  • Anna French says:

    This is brilliant! I so look forward to seeing the book. What a wonderful idea

  • megan hastings says:

    Hi I love the idea, I own a vegetarian cafe and bakery in the Seattle area, and am the chef. If they need any help or ideas about cooking and or recipes, I would love to help. Keep up the great work, Megan