Mind over Batter
75 Recipes for Baking as Therapy
by Jack Hazan
I love the pun title of this book. It does tell readers/bakers what this took is about. The author, a therapist, offers recipes that he believes have a therapeutic value, hence the subtitle which is 75 recipes for baking as therapy.
A few of the chapter headings are Self-Care, Finding Comfort, Dealing with Stress and Anxiety, and Connecting with Others. Each section includes self-help and recipes.
In his introduction the author notes that baking engages all of the senses and is easily available. He shares the biographical information that led him from a traditional Syrian Jewish family of immigrants to his becoming a therapist-baker. This is worth reading before going to the recipes.
There are helpful therapeutic sections in this book. For example, early on, there is a section on setting boundaries. There are also, of course, beautiful photos and delicious recipes. Make the Self-Care in a Cup Cake. It serves one; sometimes that is just the right amount. Try some of the others as well.
I very much liked the approach of this book. I think that I may purchase the hard copy for me or someone I know.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for this title. All opinions are my own.
From the Publisher
|Choose-Your-Own-Scone||Heaven and Hell Cake||You’ve Met Your (Banana) Matcha Loaf|
|Jack’s Chocolate Chip Cookie||Grandma Peggy’s Kanafeh||Sambusak|