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Stop Smoking Pot! Consider Baking With It

Some 6 decades later, cooking with marijuana/cannabis has gained somewhat of a cultural acceptance, or at least a cultural awareness. Cannabis clubs throughout the country (where these kind of places are legal/tolerated) routinely offer some form of snacks made with the herb. Popular culture has also noted the prevalence of pot-laced cooking, as it has been a plot point for TV shows like Glee, Taxi, and Desperate Housewives, and movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. As an update of sorts to the fabled Alice B. Tolkas authored Cookbook, Ten Speed Press just released Baked!: 35 Marijuana Munchies to Make and Bake. This is, as it sounds, a cookbook with an assortment of recipes from scones to pigs in a blanket. As writer Tejal Rao says in the Atlantic Online, “This is a gateway cookbook. While following the book’s recipes will get you high, its most valuable function might be teaching people who don’t cook, who have no interest in the kitchen, how to make a decent short crust, the value of roasting whole heads of garlic, and how to tell when a quiche is cooked through.”

Check it out. Even Martha Stewart has a sense of humor about cooking with cannabis:

Now most certainly, this cookbook will not change the world, nor will it change the way most of us cook, think about, or approach controlled substances. However, for those of us that hold onto the belief that cannabis (and all of its incarnations) holds some value (and I am not talking about street value) it is encouraging to see a book like this elevate the ingredient beyond its hokey countercultural trappings.

Not that I want anyone to incriminate himself or herself, but what is your feeling about the practice of cooking with cannabis? Is it at all more acceptable, or desirable, that smoking it? Is a cookbook like this a good thing for the world, or does it just promote more bad behavior? Or have we all become just a bit to reactionary, and are in desperate need of a good brownie and 4 to 6 hours on the couch?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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3:39PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Thanx.

3:34PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

I don't smoke it but might try baking with it once to see how it is. I have a cousin who smokes it and maybe she could get a little for me. Do you use the same form of it that is smoked? Anyone know? Send an answer via introduction message & let me know.
Has anyone out there ever baked with it?

12:18PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Don't forget about vaporizing.
For god sakes,
if they just ended prohibition
they could finally promote these things for cigarettes as well without the stigma and maybe millions of people could prevent themselves from getting cancer.

3:40PM PDT on May 11, 2011

tee hee :)

10:50PM PDT on May 3, 2011

The high is much better,last longer too. Charles W you should try it it will mellow you out!!!!

10:59AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Support Herman Cain for US president!

5:03AM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Vaporizing is the best intake method on several levels if not all of them. There is ample research backing this up.

In no way am I shoving out value/application of processing the chemicals through the digestive process, however, on average the variances compared to smoking/vaporizing are enough to have this method as a secondary or alternative option.

I am finding myself too lazy at the moment to hunt down a point by point comparative analysis; easy enough to locate though.

The delivery system of vaporizing negates every single valid science derived negative attribute the retched DEA and delusional naysayers against legal cannabis use put forth as reason.

Note:
Research e-cigarettes as a related subject - Wonderful harm reduction use for those who want their nicotine and oral fixation met (the latter seems to actually be far more potent in terms of addictive potential and utilization as an anxiolytic source).

5:10AM PST on Mar 11, 2011

Interesting...

2:58AM PST on Mar 11, 2011

That is really really cool!

11:37AM PST on Feb 28, 2011

A brownie a day keeps all your troubles away.

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