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: daniel@rhinelandent.com

For publicity inquiries, contact Erika J. Martineau Public Relation at: erika@ejmpr.com.

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 ulive.com.  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.com.

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

796 thoughts on “Meet Joy

  1. I just have to say I’ve been a fan for at least a couple of years and you always bring a smile to my face! Still lovin’ it all.I enjoy the photos so much.Very entertaining to see what’s next!
    Stay sweet just like your recipes.

  2. Joy, I’ve been following you religiously since 2008! I don’t know exactly when I stumbled across your blog…sometime in October I think, but I bookmarked it right away and the rest is history. You’re the reason for many happy tummies in my family. Thanks!

  3. Can you just make sure, pretty please, that your book is available in the UK? Not that I can’t go to your blog and steal things from there of course, it’s just that books are so much more comforting to sit with on the sofa when it’s raining outside. Especially cake books.

  4. I think your great. I’m a big fan and and so many of your recipes have become family favorites in my home.
    Your kitten is so precious and I’m set if I’m in tight black pants too.

    Love your Blog-it really feels like I’m checking in with a friend

  5. Hello Joy,

    I was informed about your website from Elana of Elana’s Pantry. Another great website and I loved your site as well. It is the simplicity that is so wonderful about your recipes. Life is stressful enough so why make an enjoyable passion like cooking stressful. It should be fun light and inspiring! That is what you create in this site. It is a pleasure! Keep up the good work….You are very sweet.

  6. Joy, I just wanted to say that I love the new look of the website! As always, I look forward to the email I get when there’s a new post. Your kitten is adorable, you’re a fantastic writer and an even better baker. You rock. =)

  7. Hi Joy,

    I know that 126 people have already commented on how wonderful your blog is, but heck, what’s one more?

    I just wanted to say that I love looking at all the treats you make almost as much as I love reading all your funny and witty comments. I feel like I’m talking to one of my friends when I come on this site, it is so welcoming and warm!

    Since I’m a 21 year old college student I haven’t really had time to blog, but when I start again, I hope that some day mine can be as good as yours!

    Ann

    Oh.. And please don’t ever stop! =)

  8. I just wanted to thank you for two things…
    #1. Sharing so many fun recipies complete with pictures and snippy comments
    #2. Allowing us to print the recipies out without ads, odd spacing, funky colors (that use up unneeded ink). I love the simplicity of this function.

    Thank you, I just put you in my favorites!

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