Joy the Baker

Meet Joy

The Girl. The Baker. No Biggie


About The Baker

I’m Joy. I’m a baker. Had you guessed as much?

I’m a self taught/ family taught/ taste buds taught baker, turned professional baker, turned food photographer and cookbook author.

I grew up in the kitchen in between my father, who makes a mean Sweet Potato Pie, and my mother, who makes a really weird purple hot dog casserole… don’t ask.  Between my kitchen loving parents, the clinking cake pans, and the flying flour, it became clear that baking is in my blood.

I live in New Orleans, Louisiana… deep in the French Quarter.  That’s where I do a majority of my living, working, eating, cocktailing and related horsing around.

About The Blog

Joy the Baker was created in January 2008 out of my downright obsession with brownies and cake.  On Joy the Baker you’ll find sweet and savory seasonal recipes, a few cocktail recipes, and a sprinkling of the books I read, and the lipstick that I happen to be into.  Food and life… and more food.

I can also be found around the Internet with features and collaborations on Refinery 29, The Kitchn, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Buzzfeed.

Joy the Baker was named Best Baking Blog by Saveur Magazine and one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by The London Times.

Contact Me

Contact me at:   joy (at) joy the baker (dot) com

For press inquiries, contact Daniel Ryan Kinney at:

For publicity inquiries, contact Erika J. Martineau Public Relation at:

I try very hard to respond to each email I receive.  Please forgive me if, for some reason, I am unable to get back to you.  I like you… I just need more hours in the day.

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The Books

The Joy the Baker Cookbook is my first cookbook!  It’s a celebration of butter and sugar, published by Hyperion, 2012. The Joy the Baker Cookbook Book Tour was incredible!  Read more about it here.

Two more cookbooks will soon follow, published by Clarkson Potter.

Look for my second cookbook, Homemade Decadence, in October 2014. (More information soon, I promise!!)

I am currently working on my third cookbook.

The Show

Bonkers Awesome is a 14 episode web series I produced with my partners Michael Friedman and Hilton Carter for the online Scripps Network  In the series I visit my favorite bakery, meet my favorite food photographer, travel to New York City to make candy apples, and learn how to make couture chocolate with a master chocolatier.  It’s always an adventure with lots of laughs (and just a few awkward moments).

One of my favorite episodes was on the ranch with The Pioneer Woman.  We made Mac and Cheese… it was perfect.

We worked so hard to make this show for you and we sooo appreciate that you’re watching!  Thank you!

The Videos

I love to collaborate with brands that I LOVE to create creative custom video content and great recipes.  Our latest video for Canon features the stop motion making of an easy Peppermint Yule Log Cake!

Check out Nordstrom’s Double Crusted Cherry Pie and Ghirardelli’s Happy Hour Hot Fudge Milkshake!

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The Podcast 

I’m also co-founder of

Homefries is a destination for fun, high-quality podcasts, covering food and wine, parenting and simple living, and entertaining.

Homefries is home to The Joy the Baker Podcast as well as, The Art of SimplePodcast, and The Table Set.

My partner Michael and I work hard every week to create new podcasts… the kind of podcasts that we would want to listen to.

It’s like easy listening… without the terrible saxophones.

We made a video too!  It’ll answer all the questions about who we are, what we do, and why we want to talk at you.

Thank You

Thank you for being here, visiting my site, baking cookies, and sharing your stories and pictures.  YOU are why I keep this site up and running.  You inspire me every day and I love that we can come here and bake together.  Love you.  I mean it.

Joy the Baker


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  • Well, it’s official. I’m infatuated with your blog. Yep. Really, really infatuated. Your posts are gorgeous and funny…and I bet they taste good too.

  • Hello Joy, I am excited to tell you that I have just started to verture out of the box recipes and my first recipe to try from you was the Shrimp and grits. OMG awesome and very easy. I thought that shrimp and grits was a difficult thing to make in the kitchen. I am starting to realize that all the things that i like to eat when I go out are really not that hard to make at home. As a matter of fact I may make this recipe tonight. Oh and I am curious about the avocado pound cake. do you know how to make avocado bubble tea?

  • I’ve been reading this blog for a year or so now, and I had always wondered who was behind the insightful, delicious posts. I never even thought to look toward a meet the author tab. I love this blog intensely (most of my Valentine’s meal came from it), and reading this page seals it: I aspire to be you. But not in a creepy way, I swear.

  • Thanks Joy, for yet another fun and lovely post. I stumbled upon your site about two years ago—your lemon tea cookies were the first thing I baked from here. Your blog is the only one I subscribe to since I always know I will get inspiration, laughs and delicious food from you. Congrats on the book–you can bet your chocolate cupboard I’ll be buying it–can’t wait! In the meantime, I will enjoy your posts so keep ‘em coming!

  • Hi Joy I came across your blog few days ago and I’m coming back everyday since. I just adore your page and I admire what you do. I love to bake too and I’m going to try some of your recipes. I would like to be like you one day: baking, cooking and food styling for living. It’s awesome to see someone who does what she loves! Keep on going because I’m now obsessed with your blog :D Good luck!

  • Joy, I’m a nosey-brain, too! Thank you! Congratulations on your cookbook! SO exciting!!!!

  • Hi Joy – you are fantastic and inspire me daily! I tell everyone I know about yout blog. :o) I want to be like you when I grow up!

  • There WILL be a cookbook signing tour, right? Any more cooking classes / demonstrations on the horizon? I have all-new colleagues who’re just getting on the JtB bandwagon . . .

  • littlemisssunshine February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

    o.m.g. your dress (!) and your kittums!

  • morning joy! there’s a few sites that i check almost daily & your is def. one of them! thanks for making things simple and seriously, everything always looks SO GOOD! excited for you re: your cookbook (!!) and i plan on coming to your cookbook signing if you have one here in los angeles! blessings! ~cynthia

  • Diggin’ your new About Me page and the adorable pom and hummer header :) Also VERY stoked to buy your cookbook when it comes out

  • Love your recipes! Love that you love and have a darling cat! Oh you are so very pretty and like your tattoos, my daughter loves photography I shared your camera info with her, she knew more about the info then me. ( hats off to you got a high school girl to talk shope with her mom!)

  • Joy, I love the honesty of your blog. It is one of my favorite indulgences.

  • Joy,
    I found your blog about 5 months ago and have been hooked since then. I love the way you mix parts of your day to day life in with the recipes (I’ve discovered I’m a bit of a voyeur or just nosey-lol). Anyway, I LOVE your recipes and have enjoyed making several of them. THANKS for all your sharing and please don’t stop.

  • The dress your wearing in the top pic is beautiful x

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