Meet Joy

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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

804 thoughts on “Meet Joy

  1. 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.

  2. En”joy”ing your blog each morning! I start my day with both you and PW. My husband and I are empty-nesters so I have to keep my cooking to a minimum. And although we would love to eat dessert every day, weight gain in your fifties is a problem! So……I look a lot and dream a lot about eating all the yummy things I see, but have to save them for special occasions. Keep up the good work and we who follow you faithfully look forward to everything you do.

  3. Hi
    Joy, I love, love, love your blog! I stumbled upon it quite by accident and I’ve been almost daily ever since. I’ve tried several recipes and I absolutely love the pictures. You MAKE me want to bake everything simply by posting the pictures. Keep on keeping on Joy because you are one AWESOME BAKER GIRL!!

  4. joy!

    i think you are pretty much every kind of wonderful :) i come here when i need a good laugh, a good friend, or something sweet to eat. thanks for sharing all the wonders of your sweet life with us.

  5. Congrats on your book deal! It is well deserved. I have been following your blog for a couple years and I never tire of your humorous posts and lovely recipes. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Joy — you’re such a delight and that’s because you’re pursuing what brings you passion. How fortunate you are. Keep doing what you love and inspiring all of us.

  7. Wow, that’s a lot of info! ;) I LOVE your blog…I can always count on it to crack me up.

    Just a few things. First, congrats on all those awards/feats…so impressive. I aspire to be a blogger like you. Second, you look gorgeous in that pic at the top :) And third, Stephens is adorable…I bet he and my kitty LC would get along famously.

  8. …YOU are so stinkin’ adorable! I *heart* the dress in your photo – sweet! :o)

    …Thanks for being you and for continuing to be you, don’t ever change dear one. The world is your oyster – go conquer!

    …Many blessings… :o)

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