Rage Baking, by Kathy Gunst, Katherine Alford

5 Dec
rage baking

FIVE of 5 stars

Five stars for everything about this book.

I saw this cover on NetGalley and immediately clicked “Request”. What a cover! What a title! This book was speaking to my soul and I needed it.

And it was so much more than I hoped. It’s more than a cookbook, and it is not filled with rage. It’s filled with determination, and women, and color, and messiness, and getting things done. There are fantastic recipes for all sorts of baking, and in between are chapters of women, and their stories, and our history, and our fights, and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The recipes: VERY EASY. Okay, a couple are of the very easy variety, most are of medium/easy difficulty, but all are do-able. Any could be attempted by a beginner cook with success. All sound delicious, and I didn’t see any ingredients more difficult to find than tahini or flax seed. The variety ranges from cupcakes to baklawa, from upsidedown cakes to focaccia. There are several cookie recipes (I can’t wait to try the Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies!). Of course there’s an Impeachment Cake. And something I plan to try soon, (Chorizo) Pigs in a Blanket, which are dedicated to “the Republican men of the Alabama State Senate […] who voted to take away women’s reproductive freedom.”

The photos: Gorgeous and messy and real and featuring real baker hands of all colors and ages, not just creamy white hand models. And an added bonus of photos of so many real women who have fought and are fighting for our rights. Some I recognized, some I knew but couldn’t name, but at the end of the book there is a section explaining who each of them are.

This is a legitimate cookbook, with some added history and education, and something every woman – no matter your politics or who you voted for – every woman should have this cookbook and learn to channel her rage into making things better for us all. There is such an outstanding variety of recipes, and nothing so fancy that you’d feel like it’s only for a special occasion, that you’ll be tempted to try every single recipe in the book. I know I will, I’ve already pre-ordered 2 copies, one for me and one for my daughter.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and I honestly can’t wait to start some rage baking.

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