Oh Joy the Baker Cookbook, where to begin with you?

 First of all, any book that straight out claims to be “A Celebration of Butter and Sugar” gets my stamp of approval.  Bright pops of color on every page, witty and humorous chapter introductions and photos that leave me wondering why Joy Wilson did not include a napkin in the back of each copy of this book to protect the pages from drool make this book a must-have.  And naturally, I loved the introduction in this book in which Joy describes calling her father to ask for a family recipe to put on her blog and her dad replies by asking “What’s a blog?”  I’m not sure my dad really understands either.

Joy describes her career as a baker as “not glamorous” but “the most joyous and satisfying career”.  We should all be so lucky.  Joy is not a professionally trained baker, but rather, like most of us, she taught herself to bake and also had lessons in the kitchen with her dad and aunt.  She started her blog Joy the Baker in 2008 and her success has continued to grow since then.

Joy encourages readers to “use this book to celebrate life and love” and I agree that food helps us to do just that.  Joy’s sense of humor resonates throughout the book including the “kitchen tips” section.  Topic headings such as “Am I seriously out of brown sugar?” and “Do I really have to sift the flour?” allow the reader to know that he/she is in for an honest, funny and laid-back ride with this book.

There are sweet and even a few savory recipes in each of the chapters titled:

Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes and Other Lesser Breakfast Items

I need a hug, a brownie, maybe both

Oh Happy Day:  Recipes to Celebrate

I think I just ate Chocolate For Dinner

Have Dessert, Will Travel

So far, from this book, I have made this Extra Crumb Coffee Cake 

and Simple Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

I would argue that it is impossible for anyone to browse through and read this cookbook and not fall in love with Joy’s personality, passion for food and drool-worthy recipes.  I find myself wanting to email Joy myself and ask if we can be friends.

Next on my list from this cookbook are Avocado Fries and Everything Caramel Corn.  I will keep you updated ;).

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3 Comments ( Reply )

  1. luv what you do
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I’m not familiar with Joy’s blog, but those recipes sound and look incredible! She seems like such an easy go, real life baker, which I love in a book. Keep sharing those recipes! Although I may need to run out and get a book of my own (and a napkin)!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    I’ve been wondering about that cookbook! It sounds great…although I have a few baking cookbooks that are never opened. 🙁 Both the coffee cake and cupcakes sound perfect though…


  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Great review, a friend gave me Joy’s cookbook for my birthday and I really enjoyed reading through it – her personality is so fun! 🙂 I really need to try the coffee cake!


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