Pete Thompson

Photo by Pete Thompson

Hello! My name is Bailey Powell Aldrich and I am the writer, cook, and photographer behind Bummed Out Baker, which is about:

  1. MENTAL HEALTH Most of my life has been spent trying to make sense of, cater to, or mask my depression and anxiety, and it is exhausting. Often I’ve felt misunderstood, helpless, and so, so alone.
  2. PLANT-BASED FOOD I’ve been cooking and baking vegan / vegetarian food for ten years. It became a prolific catharsis for me, and when my food received rave reviews from both meat eaters and vegans I decided to share recipes and pictures on a blog in my spare time.

So, Bummed Out Baker was born, a safe haven where you’ll find delicious vegetarian recipes and musings on mental health.

Ultimately, I’m here to provide culinary inspiration, community, and laughter to those suffering from mental illness or those in close proximity to someone suffering from mental illness. Think of it as plant-based fare with a heaping side of mental health advocacy. Come for the recipes, stay for the crippling depression!

What else, what else. I live in New York City with my husband Rick and originally hail from the great state of Texas. I love black clothes and my two jolly golden retrievers, which means I spend a lot of time with a lint-roller. When I’m not working on my MFA in Nonfiction Writing at The New School, I’m concocting in the kitchen, flopping around a yoga mat, buying secondhand anything for the sake of the environment, pulling myself out of a ditch of despair, sleeping unusually long hours, technologically trundling around Bummed Out Baker, or trying to con Rick into eating something healthy.

Some things I excel in include, but are not limited to, self-deprecation, making red velvet cake, doling out practical advice, and alarming people by smiling at them on the street. I deeply value inclusion, word impeccability, and kindness.

I’m so happy you’re here! I hope you like what you find.


More Information
Why Am I the Bummed Out Baker?
Why Do I Eat This Way?
Contact Me

Recipes I Love
Recipe: Açaí Bowl
Recipe: Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Recipe: Pad Thai

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