Baking Is Better With Friends

ISBN: 978-1-7923-1464-3
By: Richards, Alejandre


Food is a powerful vehicle for storytelling. This is true both for individuals and at the collective level. Food is who we are, where we come from, how we live, what we believe, and who we will become. Our biographies are condensed into dishes and bites, like memories garnishing our stories. Through the foods we consume and the foods we make–and don’t–we stake claims in our identities and stories, as if announcing to the world, “this is me and this is what I eat.” Now I don’t want to reduce people to their food choices or act as though I could possibly know someone based on one food they eat; that’s silly!


Alejandre Richards

According to a growing range of sources in both the culinary and mental health worlds, whipping up treats in the kitchen can do more than just create yummy comfort food. In fact, baking has been found to have a therapeutic value which helps to ease depression and anxiety. Most of you know about emotional "eating", but how many of you know about emotional "cooking"?! Here's the thing, for me organizing, chopping and creating is extremely soothing. Soooo...when things get interesting, I head to the kitchen for therapy! The steady chop, chop, chop of my knife against the cutting board quiets my mind and soothes my soul. Culinary Therapy as it commonly referred to has been the now preferred treatment at a growing number of mental health clinics. It’s being used as part of the treatment for a wide range of mental and behavioral health conditions, including depression, anxiety, believe it or not eating disorders, ADHD and addiction. Therapy Session is in! Chef Alex