Bake and Destroy

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Hi, I’m Natalie Slater. I live in Chicago with my husband Tony, our son Teno and a fluffy little dog named Lulu. I started Bake and Destroy in 2006 while on while on maternity leave. In a previous life I worked as a baker while I studied 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 this 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. Contact me at natalie(at)bakeanddestroy(dot)com or by using the form below.

*100% vegan since 2011 – earlier posts may contain eggs or dairy.




SugarSlam 2014 posterThe most delicious competition in sports entertainment, SugarSlam is an annual online baking competition hosted by Bake and Destroy. Featuring celebrity judges like CM Punk, Beth Phoenix and Amy “Lita” Dumas, the competition is open to wrestling-and-dessert fans worldwide.Each competition features loads of prizes from creative companies like Circa Ceramics, SEIBEI and Twinkie Chan – plus, a real championship belt from, past winners and prizes can be found by clicking the SugarSlam tab above!


Info for PR Reps

As of 2011, Bake and Destroy is a 100% vegan website – this means I don’t use any ingredients that come from animals or insects. No milk, cheese, meat, eggs or honey. Please do not pitch me about beef jerky, whey protein, a sausage cookbook or steak house. I also don’t drink alcohol – therefore, I don’t write about cocktail recipes, especially not extremely lame Olympics-inspired cocktails or those inspired by a wretched reality TV star. If you represent a vegan, cruelty-free brand or product that makes sense for my readers please contact me at natalie(at)bakeanddestroy(dot)com or use the form below. If you do pitch me about beef jerky, I will absolutely make fun of you on Instagram.


Press Mentions



Just a handful of my favorite interviews and appearances. Want to talk to me for your blog, magazine, etc? Contact me!

Femmezuigiri: I’m Actually Pretty Great at Sleeper Holds

theKitchn reviews Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans 

Cooking Channel: Vegan Banana Bread French Toast Cupcakes

WTTW Chicago Tonight (video)

WGN TV: Vegan Mac n’ Cheese (video)

Dynasty Podcasts with Jaime Black 

Calista Jones: On Motherhood and Feminism 

Wrestling With Depression podcast

Interview with Global Looking Glass Magazine

Notes & Bolts podcast

Bust Magazine: Dishing It Out [PDF]

Interview with A Chicago Thing (video)

Wannabe TV Chef: Seven Questions with Natalie Slater

Time Out Chicago: Thanksgiving 2.0 10 Favorite Cupcake Blogs


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