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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  • Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and
    wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  • I love ur blog and whatever u cook looks amazing.

  • Nik and family March 17, 2013 at 3:48 am

    We made your sour dough pancakes this morning. They are fantastic we all agree they are the best pancakes we have ever tasted. We added raspberries which is certainly a good addition. Keep up the good work.

  • Hi Joy,

    How are you? Love your blog. LOVE it :) Wanted to let you know that I unsubscribed from your blog temporarily because I’m…week two of my Adkins Diet…lol and well I might go nuts if I keep staring at your blog on my iPad mini. I am afraid I will completely break down, frankly.

    Anyhow :) Your blog is so awesome. I will be back very soon as I slowly incorporate grains, carbs, and sugars slowly back in. Yummmmmy….I really love, love, love your blog.

    Thank you,

  • You are so nice and inspiring, your blog is so delicious as your dishes! :)
    I found a lot of my personality in your description, what a pleasure!
    Kisses and hugs from Holland

  • Hi Joy!
    I came across your blog and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tay, and I make an all purpose seasoning called Bobby’s! It’s all natural, very low sodium, & contains no MSG! Bobby’s is truly an all purpose seasoning – it goes great on all meats, vegetables, seafood, wild game, pasta, casseroles, & toss salads! I am so proud of the fact that Bobby’s was recently placed on the shelves in my local Whole Food’s Market. I’m very excited to start letting even more people know about Bobby’s and that’s why I’m reaching out to you. If you are interested, I would love to send you a sample of Bobby’s in hopes that you could possibly review it on your blog – your support would mean the world to me. I also would appreciate any help you could offer in reaching Healthy/Fitness community. Please feel free to check out my website at

    Thank you so much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon,


  • Hello!

    I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you have been. I had been in a food funk and all of your lovely posts have inspired me to not only get those food juices flowing again but also to maybe start a blog of my own, and so, if you don’t mind sharing, I was curious as to where you went to create your blog?


  • Okay, maybe I’m just especially emotional today, but that video had me crying, and so did the rest! You put your whole heart into what you do & that is incredibly special! I just started following and I’m SO excited to see not only your recipes, but more of your heart!

  • Dear Joy,
    You’re totally inspiring, you make me smile. I recently discovered your blog, and enjoy reading it.
    Rock on!

  • I have just found this site through Face Book, I am looking forward to exploring it further……..Much Happiness in the New Year …From Judith in New Orleans, the home of a million flavors……..

  • Hi Joy,

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. I rarely leave comments, but you always seem to have something great to say about life… and it’s usually what I need to hear at that moment. Plus your food always looks beautiful. I’ve made a couple of things and they’ve turned out very well. I’d make more… but, well, my hips are already large and I only have two coworkers.

    I wanted to let you know that I got your cookbook for Christmas. It is as gorgeous as I expected. Everything looks delicious. I plan to make your apple crisp as man bait to keep my guy extra close.

    Thank you so much for always sharing life and recipes!!


  • Joy,

    I just wanted to let you know I stumbled across your blog because I too am a self taught baker of wedding cakes and specialty desserts in Indiana. My business is starting to pick up and so I am thinking of starting a blog site for the business and for myself. I do a lot of baking everyday and I am so over joyed to meet someone else doing and being successful at something I am interested in as well. Your blog is great and I am now following you. I look forward to your writings… of luck and continued success.

  • I saw you on the home and family show today 12/26/12 and their web site said to go to your web site for the black pepper waffles recipe and I can’t find it and it isn’t listed on home and family’s web site. would you email the recipe, your web site isn’t user friendly.

  • Hi Joy…so love your blog! Can you tell me how you made your video? I’m trying to learn from people who seem to have figured out how to do things beautifully. I would so appreciate anything you can share about how you created that!
    thank you so much. From someone who also loves getting her hands into flour, butter and sugar…cheers.

  • The marshmallow – milkshake looks great! I will certainly try that once!
    If you are all looking for nice winter recipes for the festive days, have a go on this app that provides you with new recipes each day….

    enjoy and I wish you all a very merry Xmas:

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