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The Deep Dish: April Fools' for foodies and a vegan vacay

April 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM ET

A roundup of delicious food news from around the Web.

By Diana Marko

April Fools' Day jokes range from funny to mean, but how about delicious? This crafty baker is creating dishes that are not quite what they seem but nevertheless fantastic! Give your friends a good laugh when they realize that the ice cream sundae is actually mashed potatoes and gravy. Perhaps you'd prefer a meatloaf cupcake? Check out more yummy pranks and have an April foodie day -- everybody wins!

Gilt can get you dressed, on a plane, and into a gorgeous hotel. Now they're talking about feeding you as well. Former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl is reportedly organizing the food spin-off of Gilt Groupe, called Gilt Taste. Details forthcoming, but we're excited to hear what “gilty” gourmet treats the new site will offer.

Another super-secret project is in the works with Gwyneth Paltrow. She's been on the screen, then jumped on the country scene, but now she looking onto the page. A food magazine may be the next step in this adventurous actress's long line of hobbies. She's releasing a cookbook next month which may drum up some buzz for her in the foodie world.

One serious carnivore takes a vegan vacation. Starting out day one with soymilk in her coffee, Christina set out on the unknown path of meat-free, egg-free, dairy-free living. She hit challenges of bread (does it have eggs in it?), soup (is it a chicken stock base?) and pasta, oh my. Check out the rest of her vegan pilgrimage and her lessons learned.

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