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It all started the day I saw the movie Julie & Julia.

It seemed made for me. I mean, here was an amateur foodie wearing vintage clothing and cooking in a tiny apartment. She even wore pearls in the kitchen—one of my own personal dreams (although my dream pearls would be fake). I admit, finding someone so like myself in so many ways charmed me… but as you can imagine, she lost me at the scene where she overcomes her conscience and boils those poor lobsters alive.

I kept waiting for her to have a change of heart and save them… but she never did.
And that is just not OK. This scene planted a little seed in my brain. Slowly it became clear to me – there needed to be a humane alternative to the Lobster Killer.

When I pitched to my dashing husband that we should cook our way through a classic cookbook and make every recipe vegan, I might have teared up a little with his overwhelming eagerness to eat my experiments and maybe try out a few himself.

Dan patiently drove me to every secondhand bookstore in town to find just the right one. And at Barnes & Noble, I found myself drawn to a bright red binder decorated like Bavarian gingerbread–a reprint of the original 1950s edition of the Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook.. It had been reprinted for someone just like me – in saddle shoes and thick black-rimmed glasses – and had been sealed up so I guess less ethical versions of myself wouldn’t steal pages from it.

But after some debate, we agreed on the current 2005 version of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. It came a binder so we can add pages, had large margins to write in, and contained a wide variety of more current recipes to make vegan. AND THE BETTY CROCKER PROJECT WAS BORN.

For three years, Dan & I veganized every recipe in the Betty Crocker Cookbook, sharing our tips and secrets with the lurking regulars and loyal readers on our blog. Then we wrote a book about it: Betty Goes Vegan. We’ve always said that you can make anything vegan … now we can say that we’ve proved it!

Thank you, Lobster Killer, for inspiring a project that I suspect you would hate.

OX – Annie

 
  • Beef-Less Burgundy Stew with Herb Dumplings Beef-Less Burgundy Stew with Herb Dumplings
  • Caramel Sticky Rolls Caramel Sticky Rolls
  • Vegan Sausage & Spinach Pesto Lasagna Rolls Vegan Sausage & Spinach Pesto Lasagna Rolls
  • Baked Coconut Shrimp Baked Coconut Shrimp
  • Tofu Eggs Benedict featuring The Vegan Poached Egg Tofu Eggs Benedict featuring The Vegan Poached Egg
  • Baked Vegan Chicken & Waffles Baked Vegan Chicken & Waffles
  • Inside Out Tacos Inside Out Tacos
  • Rustic Avocado Baguette Sandwich Rustic Avocado Baguette Sandwich
  • The Homemade Mediterranean Happy Hour The Homemade Mediterranean Happy Hour
  • Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce
  • Not Your Bedstemor’s Potato Salad Not Your Bedstemor’s Potato Salad
  • Denver Omelet Denver Omelet
  • Spicy Thai Wings Spicy Thai Wings
  • Bean & Cheese Enchiladas with Strawberry Margaritas Bean & Cheese Enchiladas with Strawberry Margaritas
  • The Vegan Chicken Pot Pies The Vegan Chicken Pot Pies
  • Zucchini Apple Bread Zucchini Apple Bread
  • Chicken Nicoise & Garden Patch Saute Chicken Nicoise & Garden Patch Saute
  • Double Corn Chowder Double Corn Chowder
  • Vegan Margherita Pizza Vegan Margherita Pizza
  • Creamsicle Cupcakes Creamsicle Cupcakes
  • Kung Pao Pork Kung Pao Pork
  • Herb Roasted Chicken & Vegetables Herb Roasted Chicken & Vegetables
  • Red Beans & Rice with Fried Okra Red Beans & Rice with Fried Okra
  • Peppermint Russian Tea Cakes Peppermint Russian Tea Cakes
  • Vegan Chicken Tagine Vegan Chicken Tagine
  • German Chocolate Cupcakes German Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Beer Can Tofurky Beer Can Tofurky
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Vegan Devil’s Food Halloween Cupcakes Vegan Devil’s Food Halloween Cupcakes

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