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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401310605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401310608
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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."—Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, cookbook author and creator of TheKitchn

"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."—Sarah Gim, TasteSpotting

"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."—Emma Stone

"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."—Ree Drummond, author of The Pioneer Woman

About 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.

More About the Author

JOY WILSON is the voice behind the popular blog Joy the Baker. She's obsessed with butter, sugar, cream, and dark chocolate.

Joy's love for sweets began at an early age with her father, a fanatical pie baker, and her mother, a cake decorator. Joy quickly learned that the shortest route between her and a warm batch of brownies was a bowl, wooden spoon, and hot oven.

Joy is a self taught baker whose obsession was honed as a Ben and Jerry's cake decorator, and professional (crack of dawn) baker in various bakeries in Los Angeles. Joy has made everything from biscuits to wedding cakes... but her favorite thing in the world is a tall stack of pancakes.

In her first cookbook, Joy illustrates that muffins are best served warm, bread should be studded with chocolate, and even avocados can be made into cake. It's a simple celebration of butter, sugar, and flour.

Customer Reviews

I love Joy's blog and her writing style.
The directions are clear and easy to follow and the pictures are beautiful.
I can't wait to try out the other recipes.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By andreabox on March 1, 2012
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This book is filled with both anecdotal and culinary gems.
It begins with a brief chapter entitled "joy the baker kitchen tips" which discusses common, but crucial, myths and missteps frequently encountered in baking. For example, why you should care whether you are using jumbo vs large eggs and how the difference can translate to perfect vs dense cake batter.
The subsequent chapters center on breakfast foods (smoothies, biscuits, coffee bacon...), comfort foods (milkshakes, chili cheese fries, cookies...), celebration foods (pies, cakes, a variety of frostings...), chocolate foods (mint chip marshmallows, fudgepops, biscotti...), & dessert foods that travel well (crostadas and other impressive but easy-to-make goods).

My first tested recipe was actually the first recipe in the book- scones. I always knew tiny bits of cold butter was important... but from this recipe I learned a crucial trick: to freeze butter and shred it into tiny pieces with a box grater. This is the secret to a perfect scone and I was almost terrified by the difference in height achieved by this trick alone. Its such a good trick, that I almost feel like this is the kind of secret you share with very few people.

PRO: Pictures to accompany EVERY recipe. I think pictures are crucial and am surprised whenever I see cookbooks without ANY pictures. I generally flip through cookbooks to find something by eye, and I think a lot of people do this too.
I like the single serving cake. I dont have to waste 4 cups of flour and go through a huge production to have a small portion of cake.
CON: Joy tends to have a set of photos that demonstrate the making-of, which I always find helpful.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Vancouver Gal on July 6, 2013
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I signed the book out from a local library, and after leafing through it wanted to buy it almost immediately, without trying any of the recipes.

-the photos are gorgeous
-the recipe directions are clear
-the recipes look tasty and would really appeal to my family

Since it appears that many of Joy's fans are here responding to negative reviews I need to say that I'm not new to the world of blogging. I specifically signed out her book as soon as I noticed that it was by a blogger because I expected it would be fabulous. I have never read Joy's blog, nor have I started. Honestly I got the book strictly for the food, not the stories. I tend to skip over stories in recipe books and in blogs because I'm really only interested in the recipes. The food is what I'm reviewing here, not Joy or her blog.

I've tried three recipes, and all have been really disappointing. Consistently I've found that baking times or temperatures seem to be off or things just don't work. I'm no stranger to the kitchen and know how to make granola, biscuits or those chocolate melty cakes, but Joy's recipes don't really work well. Kneading biscuits make them tough. The melty cake, even though it was baked for longer than the maximum time, was one big liquid mess. The granola, instead of crisping and drying, simply burned even before the minimum baking time. Since the easier recipes were all flops I didn't even bother trying the more complicated. Instead I returned it to the library. In my experience, people want a book where they don't have to change things on the fly to try to figure out how the end product will be. I want to be able to slightly trust the bake times to be somewhat accurate. Here, not so much. In all my years in the kitchen I haven't ever used a baking cookbook that was so off. Ever.

I'm sad to say that I wouldn't recommend this book. I really wanted to.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By LadyDemographer on February 29, 2012
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I absolutely love this cookbook! I preordered it so that I could receive it as soon as it came out. I received it yesterday and already made the peanut butter birthday cake with the cream cheese and peanut butter icing. AMAZING! Everything in the book looks delicious and I am happy to report that all of the recipes can be made with easy to find ingredients. I didn't have to go to the store to buy anything in order to make the cake--the ingredients are all very basic kitchen staples! The photos in the book are warm and comforting, the instructions are clear and simple and so far the end product is delicious!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anna on February 29, 2012
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I have been a BIG fan of Joy for about a year now via her terrific blog.

Her recipes are stunning and her writing is colloquially elegant. Joy has a way of making you feel like her truest friend. Her heartfelt blog has made its way into my daily routine and my heart and tummy are better off because of it.

This book is designed very well and is easy to read.
It is organized into clear sections and features beautiful full page pictures.
There are MANY new recipes in this book that are not from her blog. Each recipe has a little note from Joy at the top, but it otherwise feels like a professional cookbook.

The "kitchen tips" type section at the beginning was wonderful! I'm excited to try some of them... AND all the other recipes in the book. I love that Joy features so many 'basics with a twist' while also branching out. I would say that this cookbook is perfect for the average cook who is willing to experiment a little and try something new.

ONLY con is that it is mostly a "sweets" book... I would have like to see a tad more variety... But hey it is a "celebration of butter and sugar"! It does have a great healthy cracker recipe, two smoothie recipes and a few others.

Just tried my first recipe from the cake... and it is SMELLING UP MY DARN HOUSE with the most beautiful aroma! It is taking all the patience I have to wait for it to cook all the way :)

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