Things I Know About Cooking and Not Eating Animals
Shit and Sundries
I’m not anywhere near to being vegetarian or vegan so I have to admit that I was wondering if I would really get anything out of Things I Know About Cooking and Not Eating Animals. As it turns out, I did.
I love that S&S starts off with a funny, ‘keepin’ it real’ confession about her beginnings in becoming a vegetarian. I’m not here to judge anyone’s reasons behind their life choices, but admitting that it came from something silly makes the zine more relate-able. When you’re talking about potentially sensitive subjects, a bit of humour can definitely help.
There’s a bit of most things I think you’d expect to see in this zine. There are things she wishes she’d cooked with sooner, recipes, how to re-hydrate dried beans, and more. It certainly introduced me to some things that I’d never even heard of before (textured vegetable protein, anyone?). Plus, just because I’m not a vegetarian, it doesn’t mean I don’t love my beans and own a dehydrator.
There’s a blank page in the back for ‘notes and stuff’ that I think is cool. I’ve never seen a notes page in a zine before. That may be for obvious reasons, but I like seeing new and different things in zines.
All up, it might not be quite my thing, but it was a good zine in the subject that taught me things without preaching to me.
4 Replies to “Mini-Zine Review: Things I Know About Cooking and Not Eating Animals”
I love how open-minded you are. I’ve heard of zines as a by-the-by because I’m interested in various arts and crafts in general – but I’ve never actually perused one. Not being a vegan or vegetarian either, I have to admit that I was kind of put off by the title of this zine – but your refreshingly open and curious approach to something that wasn’t exactly your thing, either, really made me look at it from a different perspective. 🙂
Welcome to the zine world. 🙂 There are zines about pretty much anything you can think of out there. I’d offer to send you a ‘sampler’ packet of my work, but I’m currently saving up so I can get ink for my printer. It’s completely out. 😛
Thank you for saying I’m open-minded. I think it helps that I make my own zines. I think about the time and the effort I put into them, and I wouldn’t want anyone to dismiss them out of hand. So I don’t want to do that to anyone else’s zines. I give everything a go, and, most of the time, I’m pleasantly surprise.
Plus, my love of cooking and baking transcends the distinctions of what people decide to put/not put into their bodies.
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To be honest, I try to be open minded when it comes to any form of artistic expression as well because, let’s face it, it’s highly subjective and personal. Like you, I wouldn’t want someone to dismiss or unfairly judge my own “creations”. 🙂