Recipes for Change 12 Dishes Inspired by a Year in Black History

Recipes for Change

12 Dishes Inspired by a Year in Black History

By Michael Platt
Illustrator Alleanna Harris


Price: $18.99

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  • Publication Date: August 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Magic Cat
  • Trim Size: 10 x 11
  • ISBN: 9781419760242
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: North America

Join teen chef and food justice advocate Michael Platt on a journey through a year in Black history and discover 12 important events and a recipe inspired by each one

From the Montgomery bus boycott to the Black Lives Matter movement, food has played a vital role in strengthening and shaping Black empowerment. Join food justice advocate and baker Michael Platt on a stunning visual journey as he retells moving and authentic accounts of 12 months in Black history. Featuring mouthwatering recipes and biographies of important figures, this book will inspire leaders of the future with real stories of trailblazers who helped to change the world.

Recipes include

  • The Black Panther Party’s creamy grits
  • The Greensboro Sit-In’s cherry protest pie
  • The Selma March’s carry-on cornbread
  • The Underground Railroad’s freedom fish
  • The Freedom Riders’ gumbo
  • Juneteenth’s red ice pops
  • Baker’s Against Racism’s sweet potato hand pie
  • Martin Luther King’s favorite pecan pie
  • Paschal’s fried chicken
  • The Black Power Salute’s Olympic gold cookies
  • The Christmas Sacrifice’s banana pudding
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott’s pound cake


“Beautifully weaves together important Black history with delicious recipes.”
Kwame Onwuachi, James Beard Award winner and Top Chef contestant

About the author

Michael Platt is a teen baker, social entrepreneur, and food justice advocate. He has been baking since he was nine years old, but has been interested in racial inequality since he first learned about the historic March on Washington at the age of six. Platt began to ask questions about people being mistreated because of the color of their skin, and so set up a baking business in Maryland, Michael’s Desserts, with a one-for-one model. Platt appeared as one of the best kid bakers in the country in season 4 of Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network and has been covered by outlets such as the Capital Gazette, WUSA9 news, CBS, PGCTV news, Ted Talks, Good Morning America, CNN, the Washington Post,, Guideposts, the Rachael Ray Show, and more. Alleanna Harris is an illustrator and artist from New Jersey. She has been drawing for as long as she can remember, and after graduating from the University of Arts, began illustrating children’s books. Harris uses her platform to tell stories—ranging from influential Black figures to important Black history milestones—as a way to inspire readers. In her work, she seeks to create images that are immersive, rich in color, and have a sense of warmth.