My rating: 4 of 5 stars (3.5 stars rounded up to a 4)
Dessert Can Save the World: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes for a Stubbornly Joyful Existence by Christina Tosi is a fun, cute, and quirky read. The hardcover is 240 pages, but I read an eARC that was provided to me from NetGalley. All opinions here are my own.
Christina Tosi redefined what being a boss looks like in an extremely male-dominated industry and I look up to her for that. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, especially after she was a judge on Master Chef Jr. I’ve visited several Milk Bar locations in NYC while I was living there for a month while a partner of mine was recovering from surgery. I stopped by once on my birthday, and bought myself some truffles, and when I mentioned to the clerk I was celebrating he got super excited and demanded I also receive a birthday cookie on the house. It was my loneliest birthday and that gave me a lot of happy to stretch out in a city I wasn’t super familiar with.
In the Acknowledgements section, she thanks her writing partner Deb Goldstein, so she definitely had a bit of help in actively writing this book. As I read it, I was wondering how much was actually Tosi and how much was written by a ghost writer. That being said, I did “hear” a lot of this in Tosi’s voice, so the two melded quite well as writing partners.
I appreciated that there were quite a few recipes in here! I wish there was an index at the back of the book that noted which pages those recipes were on, for ease of finding them again later. That, and the fact that while I enjoyed the read, a lot of topics or phrases were repeated quite a lot, are the reasons this is getting 4 stars from me (rounded up from a 3.5).
Dessert Can Save the World: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes for a Stubbornly Joyful Existence comes out on Tuesday, March 8th.
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