From the creator of the popular Instagram account @thesweetfeminist comes a playful yet soulful guide to baking your way through your emotions.
Becca Rea-Tucker has been “saying it with sugar” since 2018 on her Instagram account @thesweetfeminist. From pro-abortion pies to prison abolitionist sugar cookies, Becca’s never shied away from adorning her baked goods with her opinions, including her belief that all feelings are valid and deserve to be fully experienced. As she knows, while baking can’t replace therapy, working with your hands can be incredibly therapeutic.
In Baking by Feel, she offers readers a unique guide to identifying and processing their emotions—in the kitchen. Organized by five emotional states—happy, sad, mad, anxious, and hopeful—the book includes 65 beautifully photographed recipes, each paired with an emotion. Feeling awkward? Try some Kitchen Sink Cookies (they’re made up of a little bit of everything, but somehow turn out great!); Having an optimistic moment? Enjoy something new like a Cardamom Caramel Poke Cake. Struggling with a moody moment? Thick & Chewy Maple Cookies, with their zing of sweet heat (secret ingredient is cayenne) are the perfect salve. And when you’re feeling lost and craving something familiar, there’s Becca’s Instagram-famous Brownies.
With stunning photography and deeply felt vignettes to accompany each emotion, this one-of-a-kind self-care cookbook will satisfy your sweet tooth and nourish your soul.
“Becca's baked goods and bold activism have always made me feel inspired and supported, not only as a woman, but also as a BIPOC member of the baking community. I have no doubt her one-of-a-kind cookbook will do the same for home bakers: encouraging them to experiment with new flavors and techniques and, most importantly, to practice self-care in doing so." — Michelle Lopez, creator of @hummingbirdhigh and author of Weeknight Baking
“Lots of people think eating baked goods makes you feel good, but Becca understands that the act of baking can be thoroughly transformative: a way to process, meditate, and even heal. This incredibly special book is unlike any other, and will hold a special place on my shelf—and in my heart—forever.” — Erin Jeanne McDowell, author of The Book on Pie and host of Bake it Up a Notch
"If you, like me, love talking about feelings as much as food, you'll adore this book. Baking By Feel is a tangible way to literally get in touch with our emotions and is such a great reminder that baking is an embodied experience that allows us to be present, connected, and grounded." — Julia Turshen, New York Times best-selling author of Simply Julia and host of Keep Calm & Cook On
"Rea-Tucker urges bakers to let their feelings guide their creations in her quirky debut. No matter [their] mood...bakers will savor these tempting options." — Publishers Weekly