Dessert connects us heart-to-heart like almost nothing else. It brings us together in good times and bad, celebration and solace. It marks big and small milestones and creates memories of comfort and joy. And Christina Tosi, the founder and CEO of Milk Bar, believes it can save the world. Does the combination of sugar, flour, and butter have some magical ability to fix all the craziness of our modern existence? Of course not.
Tosi knows a cookie is just a cookie—but bringing the joy a cookie holds into every area of your life most definitely can. The spirit of dessert—the relentless, unflinching commitment to finding or creating joy even when joy feels hard to come by—is what can save us. And then we, in turn, can each save the world. Tosi shares the wisdom she learned growing up surrounded by strong women who showed her baking ability to harness love and create connection, as well as personal stories about succeeding in the highly competitive food world by unapologetically being her true self. Studded with personal and unorthodox recipes, Dessert Can Save the World reveals the secret ingredients for transforming our outlooks, our relationships, our work, and our entire collective existence into something boldly optimistic and stubbornly joyful.
Christina Tosi is the two-time James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Milk Bar, with locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. She is also the host of the Netflix series Bake Squad and was featured on the hit Netflix docuseries Chef’s Table: Pastry. She is the author of Momofuku Milk Bar, Milk Bar Life, All About Cake, Milk Bar: Kids Only, and Every Cake Has a Story.