photo by Krystallynne

Hello, and welcome!

My name is Bailey Powell Aldrich and I am the writer, cook, and photographer behind Bummed Out Baker, a blog about mental illness and vegetarian cooking.

I’ve been cooking and baking vegan/vegetarian food for 10+ years. When my food received rave reviews from meat eaters and vegans alike, I decided to share recipes and pictures on a blog in my spare time. A food blog by itself didn’t seem completely true to me, though.

Enter the “bummed out” part. Most of my life has been spent trying to make sense of, cater to, or mask my depression and anxiety. It’s exhausting. Often I’ve felt misunderstood, helpless, and so, so alone. So, Bummed Out Baker was born, a safe haven where you’ll find delicious recipes and transparency on mental illness.

I live in New York City with my husband Rick and am currently in grad school working toward my MFA in Creative Writing, Nonfiction at The New School. I love black clothes and my two XL golden retrievers, which means I spend a lot of time with a lint-roller. I deeply value inclusion, word impeccability, and kindness. 

Ultimately, I’m here to provide community and laughter to those suffering from mental illness or those in close proximity to someone suffering from mental illness.

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


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

Recipes I Love:
Açaí Bowl
Velvet Cake
Pad Thai

Do you love Bummed Out Baker as much as I love creating it? Want to help keep it going? Support here.

To subscribe to Bummed Out Baker by email, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the website to find the form. Follow Instagram for behind-the-scenes panic attacks and my begrudging, meat-eating husband captured in the wild, Facebook for mental health articles and discussion, and Twitter for sassy or informative tweets.

If you or someone you know needs help right now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.