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Courtesy of No Kid Hungry via Facebook

Sahana Vij isn’t just another cookbook author — she’s an activist on the rise.

Although she’s only just recently graduated high school, she’s already carving out a niche for herself in the food scene with Bake Away, a cookbook debut to be released by Mascot Books on Sept. 14. And, proving that children really are the future, she’s pledged to donate 100 percent of the royalties to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign committed to ending childhood hunger in the United States.

In Bake Away, Pacific Northwest-based Vij paints the picture of a country with deep culinary roots. The collection of desserts (accompanied by her own photography) from around the U.S. are as appetizing as they are diverse. Recipes like the Portland Berry Cream Pie or an Atlanta Crêpe Cake prove that baking is tied to community — which makes her a perfect candidate to partner with a group like No Kid Hungry.

Established in 2010 as “an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty,” No Kid Hungry has witnessed first-hand the devastation the current pandemic has had on children who rely on healthy school lunches. And as schools have been forced to close their doors, many restaurants have had to follow suit, leaving a number of parents struggling to afford food for their children.

For families who can afford to connect with their communities through a good meal, Bake Away offers both a celebration of baking’s impact on our personal lives and change to contribute to Vij’s impact on No Kid Hungry.

To pre-order Bake Away, visit Mascot Books.