About the Books

Bake it Till You Make it: Breaking Bread, Building Resilience is the first of its kind mental health and resilience cookbook. The book tells the inspirational and resilient stories of over forty 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.

Graphic Design: Jason Taglieri // Photography by Brenna Stewart Photography

The book is available on Amazon as well as select Barnes and Noble stores. Available on Target and Walmart online. For further inquiries about getting “Bake it Till You Make it” in your bookstore or gift shop, please email: bakeitcookbook@gmail.com.

Mix, Melt, Mend: Owning My Story and Finding my Freedom, is the authentic account of the journey of Dayna Altman. Dayna, a mental health advocate, is the creator of “Bake it Till You Make it Org,” which published the first of its kind mental health and resilience cookbook Bake it Till You Make it: Breaking Bread, Building Resilience. In Mix, Melt, Mend, Dayna tells her own story in the framework of a cake pop recipe. Creating metaphors and connections while sharing her battle with Mix, Melt, Mend: Owning My Story & Finding My Freedom is the authentic account and journey of Dayna Altman. Dayna, a mental health advocate and the creator of “Bake it Till You Make it Org” uses this book to tell her personal story in the framework of a recipe. Overcoming suicidal ideation, living with mental illness and surviving sexual violence, Dayna models vulnerable storytelling in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. Dayna is notorious for connecting mental health stories, resources and baking, creating a palatable and accessible way for all to find community, connection, and healing.

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