About the BookThe first of its kind mental health and resilience cookbook.
Bake it Till You Make it is the first of its kind mental health and resilience cookbook. The book tells the inspirational and resilient stories of 43 people, from all different backgrounds, who have overcome major life challenges. Each story is accompanied by a baking recipe chosen by the contributor. The book features mental health resource pages, complete with a self-care guide and information on how to become a mental health ally. The book has since inspired a movement to destigmatize mental illness and create a space to encourage vulnerability and authenticity to connect us all.
Dayna Altman's Bake It Till You Make It is so much more than a cookbook, it is a
heartfelt collection of stories that are as unique and enticing as the recipes that juxtapose each
narrative. In exploring the complexities of mental health, this book connects us in our struggles
and our accomplishments while capturing resilience, perseverance, and hope. Dayna pivots her
own journey to create an inclusive and supportive space grounded in compassion and
advocacy. As each recipe helps break down the art of baking, each chapter works towards
breaking down stigma that surrounds mental illness. Inspired by each person who came
forward to share their story so that others may feel seen and heard. -Kelsey M., RN
I was honored that Dayna allowed me to read her cookbook prior to publication, I had no idea the impact it would have on me. Being a cook myself, I loved reading the recipes, then I really started reading the testimonials from the recipe authors. I was stunned by the strength and courage all the contributors showed. We are all human and humanity is a shared pursuit - after reading Dayna's amazing compilation, I hope I show benevolence to all humans since, as the saying goes, "Be kind to everyone you meet because you never know what battles people are fighting." Thank you Dayna and all the contributors for putting together a truly transformative work of art. -Anne L.