DEFENSIVE EATING WITH MORRISSEY REVIEWED
“Defensive Eating with Morrissey” feels less fun than the Nick Cave book. I guess since I’m not a teenage Latina that I naturally have a slight disdain for Moz. Hell, I’ll still argue that he was only the third most important member of The Smiths. But, that’s because I like to start fights. What about the cookbook? Much like Moz, it disappears up its own ass while trying to carry a narrative over compelling recipes.
Again, the vegan recipes presented in this book don’t seem disgusting. It’s just that there seems to be a heavier focus on food elements rather than final pieces. Sure, you get a few major recipes for tapas and Disco Fries. It’s just that I’m not sure if anyone outside of a beginner needs to learn how to prep asparagus. I used to think I was a terrible cook, but the amount of hand-holding in this book caught me off guard. That being said, it’s good for teens. If you’ve got a young one that screams Meat is Murder at you, break out this book as a peace offering. Then, eat them.
Illustration: Automne Zingg
Recipes: Joshua Ploeg