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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  • so glad i noticed ina’s picture on lhg at checkout stand.. im such a FAN of hers and now ive discovered joy. this is great! im loving your site. thanks

  • I have to admit…I got a little teary-eyed when I watched your video! I love that you’re living your purpose…and doing something that started with family :)

  • Hi Joy,

    I love your intro video! So well shot, edited, real and down to earth.

    Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday season.



  • Hi Joy! Could you PLEASE write a post about your favorite cookbooks?

  • Such a lovely video!!! Hugs, Laura.

  • Joy, WOW!!!! I was searching for cinnamon sugar pull a part bread on pinterest, and only about 5 showed up. all of them just said ” cinnamon pull a part bread,” but yours said “cinnamon pull a part bread. I’m sold.” that just made me want to click on it, so I did. I found your blog, and I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT!!!! you are so awesome. I want to be just like you. That is a very big goal for a 13 year old. thanks Joy!

  • Hi joy,
    I just found your blog and what an inspiration. I share your love of cooking and I can feel the love you put into your food. I just love your videos and the love for your family. You are a true inspiration and I wish you continued success. I cannot wait to try all of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Hi, Joy! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story of love, connection, and food. I look forward to following you! xoxo Mel

  • I usually don’t comment, but i just found your blog and really like it AND i wanted to take the “666″ number off your comment counter ;-)

  • Hello Joy,

    I stumbled across your blog while doing a quick recipe search on my coffee break. After perusing your site long after my break should have been over I’ve added your site to my google reader for future forays into the world of baking ideas….sometimes its so much more interesting than the technical gadgetry of my working world! Looking forward to future posts and extended coffee breaks reading here!

  • hello!,I really like your writing so a lot! proportion we be in contact more about your article on AOL? I need a specialist on this space to unravel my problem. May be that’s you! Taking a look forward to see you.

  • Joy, you’re perhaps the most adorable/hilarious person ever. I think we could be friends.

  • I’m new to your site and love it and the funny thoughts that stem from your fingertips! I’m a momma to three great kids. And I’m looking for that special recipe that becomes the one recipe my kids will always remember me for…you know, the one they’ll ask for when it’s their birthday or after they’ve aced an important test, or just performed in their school play. That special recipe that will define their childhood…it doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated…just really yummy and full of love. I’m thinking I may find it here on your blog! Last night I made the root beer float cake to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my fourth child ;) and the kids. Maybe that will be the one?!?!?! (…it has a lot going for it, considering soda is a forbidden fruit at our house). Thank you Joy!

  • You are loved, by me and many. Xo

  • hi Joy,
    So glad I found your blog, its tres inspirational :) Looking forward to following you further
    Nicole xo

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