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Pastry Chef Releases New Cookbook Celebrating Grassroots Adventure of Sharing Baked Goods with Essential Workers during Pandemic

With World Baking Day coming up on May 19, New York City Pastry Chef Tracy Wilk has released #BakeItForward, a new cookbook highlighting the grassroots adventure of spreading joy, kindness and sprinkles of hope by sharing baked goods with essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring 25 recipes and baking tips, “#BakeItForward” also includes inspirational stories from bakers around the world that joined in on this movement of giving, as well as frontline workers that were brought a little happiness through these acts of baking kindness.

“Being in the kitchen makes me happy; it emits a sense of calm where love is shown with a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies,” said Wilk. “When I gravitated to the kitchen, as so many of us did!, during the height of the pandemic, it was a safe space for me. As I continued to bake and couldn’t eat it all, I decided to share it with essential workers, including postal service workers, grocery store clerks, nurses, doctors and firefighters, to make their days a little brighter, a little sweeter. Realizing we are stronger when we work together, the grassroots social campaign to #bakeitforward spread around the country, with fellow bakers coming together to say a simple thank you during this difficult time.”

Recipes featured in “#BakeItForward” are user-friendly and feature a difficulty rating scale of 1 to 3. Broken into four sections – Cookies, Morning Treats, Bars and Bites and Little Celebrations, - recipes include Sprinkle Some Joy Cookies, Homestyle Cinnamon Rolls, My Dad’s Favorite Brownies, Amped-Up Rice Krispie Treats, Classic Yeast Doughnuts and NYC-Style Challah. The book also includes a tutorial on baking ingredients, tools, simple baking skills and Chefs Notes with tips and tricks for recipe success.

“My goal with this initiative and ultimately, the cookbook, is to satisfy the hunger we all have to connect,” added Wilk. “Some days we all need a reminder that when life gets to be too much for ourselves or others, sometimes a lot can be solved with a warm cookie.”

#BakeItForward is available at major online retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The hardcover book retails for $35.00, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting City Harvest.

With the clock on to May 19, perhaps this story will help spread some kindness, good news and inspire people to #bakeitforward in honor of World Baking Day!

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