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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  • Hey Joy,
    OH MY!!!!! I am in love with your style, recipes and joy for baking. I want to be just like you when I grow up ( I am older than you…hehe). Baking is a love of mine also and I thank you for taking the time to update your blog with so many fab recipes. I will be checking back often.

  • I am now a fan & here to stay! Love your wit, enthusiasm & of course recipes. May I join you as you take over the world ;)

  • Hi Joy! I am the cousin that Stefani mentions in the above post :). I came upon your blog randomly, in an effort to be inspired for my own recently-created food blog! I was also an English major in college and I adore your writing style and your photographs are fantastic. Unlike my cousin, I DO love to bake anything and everything and have a HUGE sweet tooth, mostly geared toward gelato, ice cream, pies, and cookies. Thank you for sharing all of your crafty ideas (like the spiced nuts and lavender & vanilla sugar!) as well as your baking gift– I have become a die-hard follower :).

    Kelsey Taylor

  • Danielle Richards October 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Hello Joy, Found you thru a friend on facebook. I can believe just how negative and abusive people can be and was saddened to hear you have been a receiptant of such disrespect. I looked over your site and it is lovely. I think you are beautiful and people that hate themselves are the only ones that lashout at the world, simply they are jealous. But you are quite right, and you have a great and wonderful attitude, that will serve you well throughout your life. Best Wishes and thank you for sharing your creative talent

  • Hi Joy! My cousin recently introduced me to your website and I’m a huge fan! I, like some of your followers, wouldn’t classify myself as a baker but DO love to cook… you are quickly enticing me into the world of baking :)  On that note, I was wondering if you might have a recipe for those tricolor, rainbow Italian cookies (which I LOVE)?  I don’t love super sweet sweets and I find these cookies to be kind of just the right amount of sweet, but not too much– I also LOVE almond flavored anything!If so, that would be great…and if not, I will continue to tune in and thanks for all the sharing!
    Stefani de la Peña

  • I Was looking For A Pumpkin Muffin Recipe on the Cooking Club Of America website when they offered a link to your Maple Pecan Muffins and your Blog. I can’t wait to try the muffins and many other recipes. I just love your Blog. Your Blog is such a great find for me. I love baking and I am already hooked on your Blog.

  • hello there, i stumbled upon your blog in search of a yummy and unique chocolate frosting and i found YOU. love your stuff…

    I have a really fun and cute line of fun kitchen/picnic/running around town totes that i am thinking i should put on your blog.. you may know a friend of mine, she does a blog called my favorite everything and she blogged about me and my fun totes so if you would like to check out my site or even her blog, let me know what you think!! i would love to chat more if you are up for it.
    take care


  • Tamara and Sara October 4, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Can we move in with you?

  • hi,
    i love the photos..would you tell me what lens are you using?

  • As a fellow blogger, I must say, I am inspired! Thanks so much for showing me the possibilities out there!! I hope you might have time to check out my creation,
    know you are reaching people with inspiration!!!
    thank you

  • Hi Joy
    I just wanted to tell you that I admire you and your cooking. I just found your blog yesterday and I am already hooked. As a matter of fact, we made our first JOY recipe this morning…apple pancakes…my family loved them. My 11 year year old daughter loves cooking and she is thrilled with this blog. We are going to make your Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows this afternoon! She cant wait!! Congratulations…you are so young and headed in a great direction!

  • Well howdy!
    I like to bake too! But now I’m in college, and I miss having my own kitchen… Anyways, I need a cookie recipe that I can make and mail to my boyfriend in New York. Maybe a cookie that can keep for a few days in one of those handy air-tight storage containers?
    Thanks a bunch!

  • Love your site.

    Do you have a way to show all the recipes for a category (such as “cupcakes”) so that your amazing photos of each cupcake appears, allowing us to select a recipe based on the image?

    Your images are so lovely. And, I am a visual thinker. So I would love to see a feature like that.

    Thank you for a truly gorgeous site.

    You are Joy The Baker & Photographer!

  • Hey…guess what……I started a blog a few days ago and this morning I talked about you! :)
    cathy b.’re cool

  • If I lived by you, I’d really want to be your friend. I love your blog, and you keep me extremely entertained.

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