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. Love you blog. It’s such a nice place to visit, hang out….like a with a good friend. And your recipes! Okay…I really really love your blog.
    Cheers Bella!

  2. OMG!!!! JOY I LOVE YOU!! I’m only thirteen, but I am obsessed with your book! I have made sooooo many of the stuff in there. I kinda want to start my own little blog, I think it would be fun. I would FLIP OUT if you responded. I admire you so much. Baking is my life, aside from school. (I am such nerd) This morning for breakfast I made the carrot cake pancakes and I also make the single girl melty chocolate cake a lot. Please if you have time, respond! I would be so honored. THANK YOU FOR EVEN READING THIS!! :):):):)

  3. Hey Joy. I love your name, your blog, your cakes and everything else. And you’re totally amazing! I really like you. You teach me to believe in myself and be who I am. Lavyahh (;

  4. Hi Joy,
    I love your blog, your food, and you. I’ve been a reader for many years now. I love, love your blog. But I have to tell you.. The new format is getting to me. The words are way too close to the left edge of the page. It’s like a mind trick… It seems as if the words are cut off. I like the old format better. This one is okay, but would better if you centered the words. I just had to get that out. That is all. I still love you.

  5. Dearest Joy, thank you for helping me realize that my baking is valuable. After 44 years on this planet. I feel proud of what I can do with sugar, butter, flour and eggs. Add in your inspiration. I feel proud and valuable. Thank you.

  6. I love your podcasts and blog! You and Tracy have really good chemistry. It has become a routine for me to listen to your show while cleaning my house (something I dread doing but when the show is over, cleaning is over, too!).
    You mentioned you bike a lot. Would you be able to give some tips on choosing the right bike? I’ve been bike shopping for over 2 months and it is really difficult to narrow it down. I really need one soon for a race, yikes!
    BTW- what happened to :”We’re about to be friends?” More episodes, please=)

  7. I have a question. Are you on instagram, because if you take all the pictures on this website, then you should be on instagram. Please answer!!

  8. Hey Joy, came across your BLOG today and i’m already hooked this will definitley be my daily feed , u’re amazing . Congrats on all your accomplishments thus far , and keep up the great work..

  9. Joy, I have been listening back on some of your lovely podcasts and I have stumbled across your ‘Stuck in a Rut’ episode. I am indeed stuck in a rut. My boy friend and I have just moved to Vancouver, from England, and he has his dream job designing bindings for a snow boarding company. I however do not have my dream job, I want to bake! I would love to find some cake decorating courses and tea shops to go and sit and eat cake and drink tea listening to you. Do you have any Vancouver advice for me or any other Joy fans. Im laking inspiration and motivation and need to see a tea and cake loving face. I need to get out of this rut!
    Sending lots of love Charlotte

  10. Hey sister! This is your old pal from Cube when you were making cheese just about as fabulous as it gets. Just heard you on Evan Kleiman’s show on KCRW and had to jump on your site. Nicely done and great work. Keep it up.


  11. Hi Joy
    I just stumbled across your blog and I love it. I’m always looking for the perfect recipe that makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Really enjoyed your video as well.

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