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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. "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 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. "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." --Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman "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 who made me want to bake. Stumbling on her blog was one of the luckiest and most inspirational things that has happened to me. She's an insanely talented writer and an even better baker." --Emma Stone, actress


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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. "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 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. "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." --Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman "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 who made me want to bake. Stumbling on her blog was one of the luckiest and most inspirational things that has happened to me. She's an insanely talented writer and an even better baker." --Emma Stone, actress

30 review for Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I love Joy the Baker. My butt should not-because I see it growing. I love everything I've made from this cookbook but the brownies with the buttercream icing have to be one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. Sorry the pic isn't the greatest. Couldn't be still long enough to take a good picture. Had to eat brownies. There is Ovaltine in that icing folks. Best stuff ever. Chocolate crack. I've tried several of these recipes and they have all turned out very well including the chedd I love Joy the Baker. My butt should not-because I see it growing. I love everything I've made from this cookbook but the brownies with the buttercream icing have to be one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. Sorry the pic isn't the greatest. Couldn't be still long enough to take a good picture. Had to eat brownies. There is Ovaltine in that icing folks. Best stuff ever. Chocolate crack. I've tried several of these recipes and they have all turned out very well including the cheddar chive biscuits with jalapenos, orange blueberry pancakes (which are so very good) and Her vegan pumpkin bread is now my go to recipe for pumpkin bread. I give it as gifts for the holidays.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    Confession time: I'd love to be a single gal living in LA, baking carrot cake pancakes or bacon leek quiche at 3 in the morning with an Anthropologie apron and kitten heels. Instead I'm a married mother of 4 living in Minne-SNOW-ta. Unfortunately, most of these recipes were a bust in this house, with the exception of The Best ever Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting. It truly is the best butter cream frosting I've EVER made.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I don't know if I'd buy this book, but definitely check it out from your local library! The recipes are different, and mainly sweets (though a few fried items have been thrown in for good measure). The main attraction here is her love of peanut butter - there are several really amazing peanut butter related recipes that you've got to try. If you don't like the peanut butter and bacon cookies you may not be human;) If you like to bake and are looking for some different ideas, this is worth checkin I don't know if I'd buy this book, but definitely check it out from your local library! The recipes are different, and mainly sweets (though a few fried items have been thrown in for good measure). The main attraction here is her love of peanut butter - there are several really amazing peanut butter related recipes that you've got to try. If you don't like the peanut butter and bacon cookies you may not be human;) If you like to bake and are looking for some different ideas, this is worth checking out. She also includes hints and tips in the beginning of the book (how to make your own buttermilk, brown sugar, etc). While these aren't earth-shattering, they are accurate and helpful if you don't have that information elsewhere.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Jo

    I've just discovered how relaxing it is to read a cookbook all the way through. It's also wonderful to read it through so you can make a prioritized baking plan. My sister and I made the Texas Sheet Cake tonight, and it was a definite five stars. Delicioso!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I don't give a lot of 5 star reviews, I tend to hover in the 3-4 star range when I like a book but the Joy the Baker Cookbook gets 5 stars from me. I had the opportunity to read through it thoroughly and cook along with it each week for a month during a Cookbook Spotlight blog event. As much as I am not a baker, I love this book. It is engaging, well-written, has gorgeous photos taken by the blogger/author herself and the four recipes I made were delicious and easy to follow. It's a great additi I don't give a lot of 5 star reviews, I tend to hover in the 3-4 star range when I like a book but the Joy the Baker Cookbook gets 5 stars from me. I had the opportunity to read through it thoroughly and cook along with it each week for a month during a Cookbook Spotlight blog event. As much as I am not a baker, I love this book. It is engaging, well-written, has gorgeous photos taken by the blogger/author herself and the four recipes I made were delicious and easy to follow. It's a great addition to any cookbook/baking shelf. Here's a link to my post with my complete reviews, pictures and links to what I made (+ a giveaway for a copy through 3/13): http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/20...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This is a beautiful book; Joy follows her usual blog standard with tons of awesome pictures of practically every recipe. And they're well written and easy to follow recipes at that. Can't wait to make them all. As the little diamond sub-title says, this book is fore sure a celebration of sugar and butter!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    As much fun to read as it is tasty.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    First recipe I ever found that turned out delicious, unburned kettle corn at home :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brindi Michele

    While I'm not rushing out to buy this one, I did enjoy perusing it. I found quite a few recipes I'd like to try and am happy to get it through my library or her blog. And I am a big fan of the kitchen tips in the front of the book. But this would be a great cookbook to start off someone's collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I bought this book years ago, loved it and still reference it. yes, I traveled to Brooklyn NY to meet her on her first book tour, and it was totally worth it. Fun recipes, fun stories, accessible ingredients. Awesome.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Flossmoor Public Library (IL)

    4 stars - Ms. Jenn

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a beautifully played out baking cookbook with many good desserts. Kid-friendly!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Excellent book of writing advice. I love Writer’s style. Highly recommend for other.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Read this book last year, Loved it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I made several recipes from this book. So far I have made the cheddar chive biscuits, whole wheat goat cheese biscuits and Flax Seed Crackers. I loved the cheddar biscuits, the whole wheat biscuits were just OK and the crackers were a learning experience. I had always wanted to make crackers and my first attempt here wasn't a fail but it wasn't totally successful either. But that was on me as I needed to roll the dough out a bit thinner. Pros: The book is lightweight and not cumbersome to carry o I made several recipes from this book. So far I have made the cheddar chive biscuits, whole wheat goat cheese biscuits and Flax Seed Crackers. I loved the cheddar biscuits, the whole wheat biscuits were just OK and the crackers were a learning experience. I had always wanted to make crackers and my first attempt here wasn't a fail but it wasn't totally successful either. But that was on me as I needed to roll the dough out a bit thinner. Pros: The book is lightweight and not cumbersome to carry or keep open on the counter when cooking. I love the "kitchen tips" section at the beginning and started with one (making your own buttermilk) with my first recipe. The photos are very nice and instructions are clear and easy to follow. (I recommend the cheddar biscuits.)Also, the book is well indexed. Cons: It's hard for me to ever find a "con" about a cookbook! Yes, there are some recipes I wouldn't make but hey - I have had many cookbooks where you find a few recipes that just don't rock your world. Overall this book gets an A and I would recommend it for the baking obsessed kitchen rat. You will be quite pleased with the buttery, sugary delicious recipes and photos to drool over. It's in the plans to make the peach cobbler muffins and bread pudding using copious quantities of bourbon. Absolutely.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I recently won this from The Inspired Dish Blog. Cathy who runs the blog had Joy send the book to me and Joy graciously autographed it to me personally. I only knew a little about Joy and her blog before winning the book so I did some investigating and found she has lots of great recipes and interesting writing on her blog, Joy the Baker. Her book is just as wonderful as her blog. I love that the book has a photo for every recipe. I have so many recipes marked to try and have already gave quite a I recently won this from The Inspired Dish Blog. Cathy who runs the blog had Joy send the book to me and Joy graciously autographed it to me personally. I only knew a little about Joy and her blog before winning the book so I did some investigating and found she has lots of great recipes and interesting writing on her blog, Joy the Baker. Her book is just as wonderful as her blog. I love that the book has a photo for every recipe. I have so many recipes marked to try and have already gave quite a few a go and loved them. Some of the recipes I have made are Chocolate and Goat Cheese Black Pepper Truffles, Whole Wheat and Honey Drop Biscuits,Single Girl Chocolate Cakes, Hot Chocolate, Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies, and Carrot Cake Pancakes and they were all hits at my house. Before the book arrived I had the pleasure of testing a couple of the recipes for the LC website, Chili Cheese Fries and Mommom’s Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Banana Bread, both of which were delicious. I've also made the Chili Cheese Fries using sweet potatoes and they're equally delicious. I also like the little story she includes with each recipe. Joy connects memories to food and shares those memories with her readers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maximilian

    I love cookbooks like these. The kind that are written by self taught cooks. They seem so real. when I say that I mean that they make me feel that I can make delicious food even though I am a novice baker. Don't get me wrong, I love reading about gourmet food and gourmet ingredients for example practically every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering The Art of French Cooking, but reading a book like this makes me feel like I don't have to run out to my local gourmet store for one ingredient I know I I love cookbooks like these. The kind that are written by self taught cooks. They seem so real. when I say that I mean that they make me feel that I can make delicious food even though I am a novice baker. Don't get me wrong, I love reading about gourmet food and gourmet ingredients for example practically every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering The Art of French Cooking, but reading a book like this makes me feel like I don't have to run out to my local gourmet store for one ingredient I know I will probably never use again. It's not like that in this cookbook. The book is filled with all sorts of mouthwatering (is that one word or two?) deserts and snacks, that make me wish I could make them then and there. Things like Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate and Roasted Macadamia nuts, Coffee Vanilla Ice Cream Pie, and Browned Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats. Damn, that sounds so good! Joy has inspired me and I hope she does the same for you. Oh, by the way, I am now a subscriber to Joy's blog, which is filled with many other good looking recipes that I shall have to try out. So there, there's my review. Not sure how to end this.....uh.....Happy Cooking! (How original)

  18. 4 out of 5

    SLEEP, READ, EAT, REPEAT!!!

    Yum!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    The reason I give this book five stars, is because I want to devour almost every recipe. That says a lot. I downloaded the iPad version, and I am very happy with this format. Joy's photos are beautifully done. They're styled, very simply, so that they look delicious but appealing to even the beginner baker. I love the way Joy writes, with humor and raw honesty. I have to respond to someone who gave a so-so rating and commented that "it's mostly baked goods". Hello? Read the title. Yes, it's all The reason I give this book five stars, is because I want to devour almost every recipe. That says a lot. I downloaded the iPad version, and I am very happy with this format. Joy's photos are beautifully done. They're styled, very simply, so that they look delicious but appealing to even the beginner baker. I love the way Joy writes, with humor and raw honesty. I have to respond to someone who gave a so-so rating and commented that "it's mostly baked goods". Hello? Read the title. Yes, it's all about baking and desserts -- and some aren't necessary baked. The first thing I made was the kettle corn. I made it, last night, for movie night. I want to hug Joy, because the recipe was so simple to make and I will no longer need to buy expensive commercially produced kettle corn. Love! My husband devoured most of it, and now we have a new tradition for our stay-at-home movie nights. Granted, I can't eat desserts every day, but Joy has a few recipes that aren't necessarily calorie busters-- like granola. Mmmmm If you love to bake, you will enjoy this cookbook. This one will not gather dust on my bookshelf...er, sit unused in my iPad. Buy it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Things I loved about this cookbook... ...the humor and personality! I really enjoyed reading the introduction to each recipe, in part because it sounds a lot like how my friends and I talk about food. ...the mouth-watering variety of recipes. Yes, it has the word "baker" in the title, but there are all different kinds of recipes to tempt you. ...the full-color photos, one for every recipe. They're gorgeous. ...the guidelines she includes for each recipe of how long the dish will keep (and whether it Things I loved about this cookbook... ...the humor and personality! I really enjoyed reading the introduction to each recipe, in part because it sounds a lot like how my friends and I talk about food. ...the mouth-watering variety of recipes. Yes, it has the word "baker" in the title, but there are all different kinds of recipes to tempt you. ...the full-color photos, one for every recipe. They're gorgeous. ...the guidelines she includes for each recipe of how long the dish will keep (and whether it needs to be refrigerated) - very helpful and practical. In fact, the only thing I didn't like about this cookbook is the frequent mention of using a stand mixer. Which I don't have. Yet. I'm pretty sure that I can still make the recipes with a handheld mixer, and I realize that, for most "serious" bakers, this won't be a problem...but it does give me pause on some of the recipes. Not that that will stop me from making anything out of this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    I don't read Joy's blog, but after reading her cookbook I'm wondering why not! Her writing is delightful and encouraging, and the recipes she shares sound scrumptious. She includes a great introduction with lots of helpful information which would be useful to novice bakers. Most of the recipes include gorgeous photographs, helping you know how the finished product is supposed to look. I wish she'd included weights, so I wouldn't have to convert from the volume measurements she provides. I haven't I don't read Joy's blog, but after reading her cookbook I'm wondering why not! Her writing is delightful and encouraging, and the recipes she shares sound scrumptious. She includes a great introduction with lots of helpful information which would be useful to novice bakers. Most of the recipes include gorgeous photographs, helping you know how the finished product is supposed to look. I wish she'd included weights, so I wouldn't have to convert from the volume measurements she provides. I haven't tried any of the recipes, so the rating isn't based on how successful any of them might or might not be.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    If it were possible to make love to a cookbook... And apparently others have felt the same. About every ten pages or so, I will find crumbs or flour dust between the pages. On the one hand, I understand. These recipes demand an immediate baking. On the other hand, come on, people! Library books are communal books! All the more reason to buy my very own copy. Everything I have tried so far is glorious, but I especially recommend the vegan pumpkin walnut bread and the banana rum cake with brown butte If it were possible to make love to a cookbook... And apparently others have felt the same. About every ten pages or so, I will find crumbs or flour dust between the pages. On the one hand, I understand. These recipes demand an immediate baking. On the other hand, come on, people! Library books are communal books! All the more reason to buy my very own copy. Everything I have tried so far is glorious, but I especially recommend the vegan pumpkin walnut bread and the banana rum cake with brown butter frosting. Or the goat cheese-pepper-cocoa truffles. Or the coconut macaroon ice cream.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I love the recipes in this cookbook! I think the tone of the writing & photography works a bit better in blog form, but really, the tasty recipes are what makes this book worthwhile. My favorite recipes so far: chocolate bundt cake w/sour cream glaze, single lady pancakes, and the chocolate and black pepper goat cheese truffles. Even if you don't buy the book, check out the single lady pancake recipe: http://joythebaker.com/2010/07/the-si... It's one bigass pancake, ie a recipe proportioned an i I love the recipes in this cookbook! I think the tone of the writing & photography works a bit better in blog form, but really, the tasty recipes are what makes this book worthwhile. My favorite recipes so far: chocolate bundt cake w/sour cream glaze, single lady pancakes, and the chocolate and black pepper goat cheese truffles. Even if you don't buy the book, check out the single lady pancake recipe: http://joythebaker.com/2010/07/the-si... It's one bigass pancake, ie a recipe proportioned an individual serving. This is the best pancake I've ever made.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Edel

    I just loved this book. The Joy The Baker Cookbook is the cookery equivalent of a great big hug. If you love following Joy's blog or have a fondness for baking and putting your soul into your food then this is the book for you. Reading this book is like spending time with an old friend that you feel comfortable around while perhaps in p'js baking cookies and enjoying cocktails.Joy's book is pure joy !! :0)Some great photos in here too that will make you want to pick up your wooden spoon and star I just loved this book. The Joy The Baker Cookbook is the cookery equivalent of a great big hug. If you love following Joy's blog or have a fondness for baking and putting your soul into your food then this is the book for you. Reading this book is like spending time with an old friend that you feel comfortable around while perhaps in p'js baking cookies and enjoying cocktails.Joy's book is pure joy !! :0)Some great photos in here too that will make you want to pick up your wooden spoon and start pre-heating your oven.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I'm planning to write a longer-form review of this on my blog, but for now I'll just say that this cookbook is every bit as much of a delight as Joy's blog. Her recipes are well written and pretty short, every single one has a gorgeous photo she took herself, and the headnotes are great. If you like to bake this is something you will definitely want to add to your collection. It is mostly sweet dishes, but there are a couple of savory things in here as well, and it's not entirely baking, as you I'm planning to write a longer-form review of this on my blog, but for now I'll just say that this cookbook is every bit as much of a delight as Joy's blog. Her recipes are well written and pretty short, every single one has a gorgeous photo she took herself, and the headnotes are great. If you like to bake this is something you will definitely want to add to your collection. It is mostly sweet dishes, but there are a couple of savory things in here as well, and it's not entirely baking, as you might think from the title.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    "A celebration of butter and sugar." That's what the cover promised and it delivered! I follow Joy's blog and was SO excited to get her cookbook! I wondered if the recipes were ones already posted and I was thrilled that these were all brand new. Joy's recipes are easy to follow, include big color pictures of all the recipes and really neat helpful tips. My kids were so fascinated with this book that they stole it and marked every page they wanted me to try. (Yes,it was pretty much all of them!) I "A celebration of butter and sugar." That's what the cover promised and it delivered! I follow Joy's blog and was SO excited to get her cookbook! I wondered if the recipes were ones already posted and I was thrilled that these were all brand new. Joy's recipes are easy to follow, include big color pictures of all the recipes and really neat helpful tips. My kids were so fascinated with this book that they stole it and marked every page they wanted me to try. (Yes,it was pretty much all of them!) I love this book. I love these recipes. I love Joy! :-)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a fantastic baking book full of mouth-watering recipes, brilliant pictures that tempt even me to make lemon curd (is it even good?), and easy-to-understand instructions from creating everything from cinnamon rolls to Man-bait Apple Crisp (yes, it's really called that. Hilarious). Joy fills her descriptions with humor and personal stories that make the book even more delightful. I can't wait to whip up something out of this book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to bake even sim This is a fantastic baking book full of mouth-watering recipes, brilliant pictures that tempt even me to make lemon curd (is it even good?), and easy-to-understand instructions from creating everything from cinnamon rolls to Man-bait Apple Crisp (yes, it's really called that. Hilarious). Joy fills her descriptions with humor and personal stories that make the book even more delightful. I can't wait to whip up something out of this book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to bake even simple dishes. Love it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm pretty sure I've been on her blog before, to check out a recipe or two, but never really looked at it. This cookbook was awesome, full of not only amazing recipes like Chocolate Malted Buttercream Frosting and Oatmeal Raspberry Ginger Scones, but also it had a really personal funny family touch as well. I enjoy it when bloggers/cookbook writers tell you about family history and anecdotes and not just make it all about the food. It gives their story personality and makes you want to come back I'm pretty sure I've been on her blog before, to check out a recipe or two, but never really looked at it. This cookbook was awesome, full of not only amazing recipes like Chocolate Malted Buttercream Frosting and Oatmeal Raspberry Ginger Scones, but also it had a really personal funny family touch as well. I enjoy it when bloggers/cookbook writers tell you about family history and anecdotes and not just make it all about the food. It gives their story personality and makes you want to come back and read it again. This is one of those books. Can't wait to try out the recipes! 5 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I loved this first cookbook written by Joy Wilson. A fan of her podcast series as well as her blog this is a joy (no pun intended) to add to any cookbook collection. Her recipes are easy to follow and best part that I love as a slightly OCD cook there are pictures with each recipe. It can't get better than that. I love her language throughout the book as though carrying on a converstation with each dish making it all the more tantalizing to the reader.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This is one of those rare cookbooks that you actually want to try every single recipe. There isn't a single recipe that I would turn my nose up at. I have completed several of these recipes and they are fantastic...and my taste testers agree! I have been reading her blog for a while and was a little skeptical that they would be all new original ideas that couldn't be found on her blog already, but I was proven wrong. This is a definite must buy!!

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