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I’m Natalie Slater. I live in Chicago with my husband Tony, our son Teno, and a fluffy little dog named Lulu. I started my blog Bake and Destroy in 2006 while on maternity leave. In a previous life, I worked as a baker while studying journalism in college, so food blogging seemed like a good way to combine my love of recipe development with my compulsive need to write about everything I do.
Bake and Destroy features original vegan recipes influenced by my love of pro-wrestling, punk rock, heavy metal, and junk food. I also occasionally interview chefs, indie designers, and other interesting folks. Oh, and the site also serves as the home for an annual pro-wrestling-themed bake off called SugarSlam. I founded SugarSlam, surprise, surprise!
I’ve appeared on several TV shows including Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and WTTW Chicago Tonight as well as on the pages of Time Out Chicago and Bust Magazine.
My first book, Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans, was published in August 2013.