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…Love your name! I happened across your blog looking for a “One Pancake” recipe! Love your blog! Keep up the good work! I have visited California, visiting a friend…and love it…but could never afford to live there. You’re in a Wonderful place…I envy you. :)

  2. Dear Joy,
    Please please please read this!
    First off, I love your blog, always have and always will. But right now in this moment I just want to say thank you for everything you’ve done for me.You never knew it, but you took me under your wing as a 14 year old wanna be baker and slowly made me into something more. Your blog enchanted me. It drew me into a world I didn’t know and together with your little bits of wisdom along the way, I felt like I could handle the world. It may sound silly, food I mean, helping me to handle the world. But I love food, food to me is love. It shows my love to others and their love to me. I can love with food. Last year I left home. Long story short but, I needed a better education than what I was getting so I got sent to a bigger city, with bigger schools and bigger people. I felt pretty unloved then. I didn’t have my family or my friends. I stopped baking. There was alot of love missing. Floating around the city but not finding me. Yesterday, finally, after like 6months of me being silly-cayla, my internet browser managed to find its way onto joythebaker. It was purely accidental, and I didn’t even mean to click it. But when I saw it again, It just all came back and I promptly managed to use up all my pre-paid internet on your site. Today I baked again. Nothing special, just a simple vegan chocolate cake. But sometimes simple is all you need. As the cake was in the oven, I realised that I could feel the love again. Sitting infront of the warm oven in my socks, I could feel the love baking. So thank you Joy, from the bottom of my itty bitty 16year old heart. Thank you for making me love again.

  3. Hey joy you are just amazing and your recipes are work beautifully. I was wondering if you had recipe for puff pastry isn’t available in Chennai india and also do you do you send your enjoy! Suprise packs to India ? Want to subscribe for it sooooo badly

  4. We would like to include Joy and her new cookbook, Joy the Baker, in our Fall issue that is set to hit the newsstands the first week ofNovember.

    Her involvement would include a multi-page profile on the inside that would consist of a Bio, Head Shot, Overview of the cookbook and a few recipes from the book.

    This is a FREE, National opportunity for Joy. Our Summer issue set to hit the newsstands June 5th or you can check out website at

    Celebrity line-up for the Fall issue includes: Paul McCartney and his daughters with their latest cookbook as well as Carla Hall from The Chew, Buddy the Cake Boss and David Venable from QVC’s: In the Kitchen with David.

    Please let me know one-way or the other if this is something of interest

    Josh Wattam

  5. Hi I’m doing an I-Search Project for my English class and I was wondering if i could interview you about how you started as a Baker and what were your inspirations.

  6. Just wanted to say thank you really quickly.
    I’m growing up in a family that cooks…. but doesn’t bake. Tough, I know. I’ve been following your blog since 2009, when I was 11 years old, and really getting into baking. My mom couldn’t really help me out, but you did. Thank you.

  7. For some reason, your vid made me tear up especially the part where your dad asked you and your sis to hold down the Tupperware mat even though it didn’t move. So precious. :-)

  8. Joy. You are seriously the coolest person are the Internet. I (almost) want to create a blog just because yours is so amazing/quirky/wonderful/fun. Everything you write makes me giggle. Also, I love your use of periods…obviously I can relate. Thanks for making my time in front of the computer not seem so wasteful!

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