Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spoonfight: Vegan Manual to Kitchen Terrorism

Today I present you with Spoonfight:  Vegan Manual to Kitchen Terrorism.  It's one of my favorites from the old days, and it's really funny, I mean if you're OK with terrorism humor in the way of fart torture and forced garlic consumption.  I promise, there's absolutely no waterboarding in this zine, just lots of duct tape and beans.

Gravy is Power.
The weird thing about most of the zines in my collection, is that I don't cook from them much.  I guess it's not that weird, 'cuz I don't cook from cookbooks often either.  I do read them a LOT, however, and I use this cool culinary mental absorbtion technique, which allows the knowledge and core of the zine to flow right into this special area of my brain.  It makes cooking decisions effortless.

I bought Spoonfight in the early 90s, and I think I've only ever cooked from it once before.  Today, I broke it open and made Hot PB Apple Shingles.  Mine weren't hot, but they were super easy, healthy, practical and delicious.  I had a little tub of homemade applesauce in the fridge, so I was pumped to have something to use it for.  I have a way of  neglecting stuff like that until it spoils.

Hot PB Apple Shingles, can apparently, work the nerves.
This recipe took me all of a minute or so to put together, and it satisfied.  Toasted bread (or in my case a tasty rice cake) topped with crunchy peanut butter, homemade applesauce and razor thin micro-planed frozen bananas.

Now I know this is a rather simple meal, but ya know, I have never in my life had peanut butter, applesauce and bananas together, and it was a huge welcomed get-together in my mouth.

The zine artwork looks like it's hand cut and pasted and has lots of clip art.
There are other quick recipes in this collection and a lot of hearty recipes like lentil loaf and seitan stews, which would be easy to xgfxercise with TVP, Soy Curls or sturdy portobellos.

It's also full of tongue-in-cheek humor, but nothing I found offensive, and I'm sorta sensitive to violent themes.
  • Title:  Spoonfight:  Vegan Manual to Kitchen Terrorism 
  • Chief Saboteur:  S. Chamberlain 
  • Availability:  As of 10.2.11 you can order this from Vegan Action. 
  • Size:  5 1/2 X 8 1/2 (vertical half-size letter) / Stapled 
  • Length:  32 pages 
  • Collection:  54 recipes 
  • 5 Recipes to Intrigue:  Hot PB Apple Shingles* Black and Blue Eyed Peas* Quick Attack Lima Bean Soup* Sweet Potato Cannonballs* Cashew Factor French Toast 
  • XGFXness:  If you sub mushrooms or Soy Curls for the seitan, looks like most of the recipes are easily converted. 
  • Zine Wiki: Not listed 
  • Links: here.


  1. haha, this kitchen terrorism zine looks so awesome! I haven't ever owned or read a food zine but they seem pretty neat. I should get to get to that.

    I don't like peanut butter, so I haven't had peanut butter, applesauce or bananas together before. But I had that combination with almond butter for the first time a few days ago and it was innnsane!

  2. This zine looks amazing. I think cooking zines may be my favourite media format. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who reads cookbooks/zines often but rarely cooks from them.

    I read mine like novels of kitchen wisdom.

  3. Fun theme! I don't have *any* fact I first even read about them on your blog, so this is exciting new territory for me. And yeah, I can get into the peanut butter and applesauce thing...(there's another good future MoFo theme in here too: recipes that take under a minute ;-)

  4. You just blew my mind. PB, applesauce, and bananas? on a rice cake? that sounds ah-mazing. I am going to have to try that as soon as I get my grubby hands on a rice cake.

  5. I love zines! I've never had PB, apple sauce & banana together before either except perhaps in a baked good but that's a little different. Yum!

  6. I think I need to start adding some applesauce to my peanut butter and banana. That sounds really good!

    I also have way too many zines I don't use. I've accumulated more cookbooks in the 5 years I've been vegan than I did the previous 10 years of my adult life.

  7. I literally LOL'd when I saw that graphic on the front cover!! That little kitchen terrorist looks super happy. :D

    Hey I absorb recipes the same way too! My recipe books and zines etc.. are all for inspiration. :)

  8. you are the best, miss Kittee! I love this zine library idea. I just bought a really cool zine of middle eastern vegan recipes, from a gal over in vienna! amazing.

    Also, even though that little rice cake recipe looks simple, it totally sounds delish. I would eat some of that fo sho!

  9. That sounds like a yummy snack. Simplest ones are the best sometimes :)

  10. Yeah. I need that combo in my life right now.

  11. hello there, kittee. it really tickled me to come across this, as i haven't seen this for ages. i made spoonfight, and i don't even think i have a copy of my own anymore. i'm glad you find it funny, as that was the intention, and i'm happy you've found it useful/entertaining.

    all the best, steven

    1. you just made my week, steven! yay. we need to get you a copy, tho.

  12. I love this zine! When I went vegan in 2001, this was one of the first things I bought from Pangea. It got me started down the path of nutritional yeast and seitan. I never knew anything about who made it or when it was made but I did try sending a postcard to S. Chamberlain in TX several years ago. I don't know if he ever got it but I'm so glad he commented here!


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