Book of the Day: Baking the Best of Mary Lee’s Desserts

Baking the Best of Mary Lee’s Desserts by Mary Lee Montfort

(Cooking Methods / Baking)

This is a cookbook you can feel good about. Baking the Best of Mary Lee’s Desserts is filled with over 85 delicious dessert recipes. She is known for her scrumptious cupcakes, old-fashioned layer cakes, signature cakes, cookies, bars, tartlets, and more. Not only will your taste buds thank you for these delectable bakes, but you also are supporting great causes with your purchase.

Mary Lee Montfort donates all of her proceeds to charity. From November 2021-September 2022, she’s raised over $10,000 which she has divided across three different charities – World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

World Central Kitchen uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies through times of crisis and beyond. The Trevor Project is the leading organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth across the United States. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a mission to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric diseases through research and treatment. Mary Lee shares more information about herself and her the charities she supports on her website.

Mary Lee is an active contributor to Chefs for Equality. Founded by David Hagedorn, the organization brings together the capital region’s top chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists for an evening of food, drink, and music to benefit the fight for full LGBTQ equality. Mary Lee is a swag bag contributor for nearly every event. During the most recent event, she made 1,800 cookies for 600 bags. Chefs for Equality is a Human Rights Campaign Foundation that helps with equal access to adoption and foster care, creates respectful and supportive school environments, helps healthcare providers increase LGBTQ competency, and more. You can learn more about the organization by visiting their website!

When considering the recipes inside and the incredible causes supported by the book’s purchases, you can understand why this cookbook is so special! Get it just in time for this Fall and holiday season. Whether you’re ready or not, we’ve arrived at the season of bakes! As you enjoy these cozy fall days, fill your kitchen with mouth watering aromas from the many desserts in these pages. The recipes also are perfect for holiday baking on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Regardless of your skill level and experience, each recipe has concise step-by-step instructions for bakers of all levels. The book also comes with helpful sections on baking equipment and tips. It’s a great book to buy for yourself, or as a gift for anyone looking for the best dessert recipe book out there!

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