Michaels Desserts: Sweets for a Cause

Get Creative 6. (Our Tomorrow). Nov. 2022. 128p. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781684620470.
Gr 8 Up–Michael Platt, the founder of Michaels Desserts and the nonprofit PLLATE, brings readers a cookbook with a mission: ending hunger. The book opens with a history of Platt and his philanthropic efforts. Platt got his start baking after an epilepsy diagnosis and, passionate about ending food insecurity in his community, started Michaels Desserts. For every order Michaels Desserts receives, the business donates an equal amount of baked goods to local shelters. Building on that success, Platt founded PLLATE, which creates snack packs for kids facing food insecurity. The extensive introduction concludes with an inspiring call to action for any kid who wants to make a difference. Platt then discusses bakeware basics before delving into the recipes, which are divided into four sections: Freedom Fighter Cupcakes, Pies & Tarts, Cakes, and Snacks & Breads. A highlight is the Freedom Fighter Cupcakes, each of which are named after someone from whom Platt draws inspiration, such as Malala Yousafzai Carrot Halwa Cupcakes. Each recipe has a full-page accompanying photo and most also include a blurb with interesting facts about the ingredients, historical context, or Platt’s personal connection to the recipe.
VERDICT The combination of delectable desserts and inspirational messaging makes this a must-purchase for teen cookbook collections.

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