Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes

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Joy the Baker Cookbook includes everything from "Man Bait" Apple Crisp to Single Lady Pancakes to Peanut Butter Birthday Cake. Joy's philosophy is that everyone loves dessert; most people are just looking for an excuse to eat cake for breakfast.
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Joy the Baker Cookbook includes everything from "Man Bait" Apple Crisp to Single Lady Pancakes to Peanut Butter Birthday Cake. Joy's philosophy is that everyone loves dessert; most people are just looking for an excuse to eat cake for breakfast.
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"Yesterday was a day like any other day. I woke up thinking about doughnuts and chili fries." Thus begins a typical "Joy the Baker" blog entry by the author of this book. Joy Wilson's collection of 100 diverse baking recipes is unabashedly sinful; in fact, the cover advertises it forthrightly as "a celebration of butter and sugar." Once you rationalize your guilt, you will be able to begin emulating the skills of this self-taught, award-winning baking blogger. Oh, c'mon, a second piece won't kill you.

Edward Ash-Milby

Publishers Weekly
Caterer and blogger-turned-author, Wilson of, takes her easygoing, fun tone to book pages where she shares 100 inspiring and unconventional recipes. Chapter titles, including “I need a hug or a brownie. Maybe both,” “Oh happy day!” and “I think I just ate chocolate for dinner,” set readers up for this collection that pushes culinary and dietary boundaries with dishes like coffee bacon (ground coffee with chili powder, brown sugar and molasses piled on bacon slices and baked) and bacon black pepper waffles (black pepper–rubbed bacon baked inside buttermilk waffles). The author’s goal to “turn favorite desserts into acceptable breakfast dining” is evident in her carrot pancakes. The healthy avocado does get a starring roll in dishes including avocado pound cake and vegan chocolate avocado cupcakes, and additional vegan options—such as vegan pumpkin pecan bread—have their place. Wilson’s free spirit and celebration of the single life comes through in one-serving dishes such as the Single Girl Melty Chocolate Cake, and Single Lady Pancakes. Helpful prelim information on everything from how to soften butter in a hurry to determining the size of eggs removes any intimidation factor new bakers may feel in this refreshing and inspiring collection. (Mar.)
Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan
"Joy modestly admits that she is not a classically trained pastry chef, however, her book proves how that can actually be an advantage. Joy bakes with her complete heart and soul, writes from the gut, and makes us feel that we too can make magic in the kitchen."
Sarah Gim
"The best thing would be to have Joy the Baker *actually* bake all these things with you in your kitchen. The next best thing is reading her book, written with the exact same charming, hilarious in-person style that makes you feel like she's right there with you, sharing the recipes that come from her heart and soul."
Emma Stone
"Joy is what made me want to bake. Stumbling on her blog was one of the luckiest and most inspirational things that has happened to me. Not only does she have recipes that could kill a man or woman (in the this-is-so-delicious-I-can-die-now way), she also is brilliantly funny and her insight and commentary on life is incredible. She's an insanely talented writer and an even better baker. To put it simply, she's the best ever, and I love her like crazy. The fact that I get to declare that to the world in her incredible cookbook is, to be completely earnestly cheesy, just icing on the cake."
Ree Drummond
"When I first heard the name "Joy the Baker," I immediately felt happy and warm. I couldn't help it. And in the years I've gotten to know Joy the Person--and her beautiful, warm, comforting style of food--I can say without hesitation that she absolutely lives up to her name. Joy the Baker brings joy--through her writing, through her food . . . and through her unabashed enthusiasm for life."
Kirkus Reviews
Wilson's debut cookbook carries the same exuberant, humorous tone as her popular blog, coupled with beautiful photographs of her one-of-a-kind recipes. As a celebration of butter and sugar, this cookbook is not for the faint of stomach or high of cholesterol. Recipes feature peanut butter and bacon cookies, avocado fries, strawberry cookie dough ice cream and coffee bacon. Displaying easy-to-follow recipes, Wilson believes that "(b)aking isn't about high-tech gizmos. It's about stepping into your kitchen with a monster sweet tooth and coaxing something beautiful out of the oven." With an upbeat, quirky tone, the author comes across as the perfect friend with whom to spend an afternoon baking cookies. But with quirkiness comes occasional disorganization, and the chapter contents seem a bit random at times. Wilson also includes important extra information about the recipes, including how long they will keep, what texture to strive for and when to let imperfections pass. In a chapter of kitchen tips, the author provides advice about whether you really need to sift that flour, what size eggs to use and why, and how to get the most out of fruit zest. Wilson offers surprising but delicious combinations: parmesan seaweed popcorn, peanut butter and jam milkshakes, vegan chocolate avocado cupcakes, chocolate black pepper goat cheese truffles, and sweet potato chocolate chip cookies. You have to love a cookbook that features an incredible one-person chocolate lava cake that is easy to make and dubbed the "single girl melty chocolate cake." A joyful, entertaining cookbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401310608
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 82,864
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Wilson is a self-taught cook who grew up baking with her Dad. In 2006, she started a wedding cake and wholesale baking business in L.A.. In 2008, she began the Joy the Baker blog, which was named "Best Baking Blog" by Foodbuzz in 2009, and was also nominated for "Best New Blog" in the 2009 Bloggies. In 2010, it was again nominated for a "Best Food Blog" Bloggie. It was named one of the "Top 50 Food Blogs" by The London Times. Joy is also a co-founder of On the Lamb, a roving events company that throws speakeasy parties, underground suppers, and teaches culinary classes all over Los Angeles. Along with her co-founders, she has gained a big following in Los Angeles after being featured on Daily Candy.
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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Joy Wilson is a phenomenal human being whose writing makes you f

    Joy Wilson is a phenomenal human being whose writing makes you feel like you're her best friend, in the kitchen baking something with her. Her gregarious and hilarious personality oozes out of the pages, and keeps you giggling all the way through the recipes.

    The actual recipes are amazing! I've loved every single one I've tried so far and her book made me want to make them all, right now!
    The Joy the Baker cookbook will make you happy, so I'd recommend you buy one right. this. very. minute.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Pages freeze on the nook version

    I like how it is a story and a cookbook at the same time. Good book:/

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Nook version has issues...pages freeze

    The recipes seem delightful, however, major problems with the nook version are so troubling that it makes following the recipes difficult. Pages freeze in place, sequences of pages repeat over and over, it's impossible at times to access the information at the bottom of the page (contents, pages, etc.) so that you can move to another page. I haven't had this problem with other cookbooks on Nook, so why this one? I'm giving it 3 stars for its poor responses.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    A Beautiful Book - Just what I expected!

    My biggest fear after paging through this book is that I won't have enough time in my life to make everything lovingly crafted between its pages. Each recipe is beautifully photographed and offers the same comforting conversational style we've come to expect from Joy in her blog. I sincerely look forward to trying almost all of recipes within, which is something I can't say about the many other cookbooks I own. It is a knockout debut for this author and I can't wait to see what else she does. Anyone who loves to bake or eat should own this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Really enjoyed this cookbook

    I haven't had enough time to try the recipes in this book, but I have tried other Joy the Baker recipes and they have been great. This book is not only full of delicious-looking recipes, but is fun to read all on its own.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 28, 2012

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