I am reclaiming the label of Angry Black Woman. Angry Black Woman is a stereotype that strives to burden Black women by insisting they be seen as belligerent, aloof, argumentative, and any number of other negative attributes. It is a stereotype that mostly plays out in the workplace, where Black women make 67 cents to […]
Want to know two of my favorite things? Baking and honoring my emotions. So when presented with the chance to test drive something from Becca Rea-Tucker’s Baking by Feel, I was all in. I browsed through the table of contents, making note of the (many, many) emotions resonating in that moment. They were all over
When asked to pick an emotion from Baking by Feel, I gravitated immediately toward caring. Caring is what I strive to be, even when it is not exactly how I am feeling in the moment. When it can be so easy to tune out and turn off and be apathetic, caring — about others, about
Before I became a parent, I loved to bake. The kitchen was a little sanctuary for me. Cooking and baking were like meditation. They were like magic. I could put in some earbuds and listen to music or podcasts or audiobooks and fold egg whites, sift flour, roll pie dough. Since becoming a parent, I
The day I made Becca Rea-Tucker’s chocolate espresso shortbread was five days after my cousin passed away. In four days, I would drive south for 11 hours in order to be with extended family and to attend a celebration of his life. But that day, in the in-between time? I was lost. Why not bake?