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March 10, 2012

Joy the Baker Cookbook Review



Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes



Author: blogger Joy Wilson

Publisher: Hyperion

Softcover 246 pages




I'm pretty sad that the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off challenge is ending, but so glad that I've got this cookbook to continue my baking journey. I was already a follower of Joy's amazing blog, but reading her cookbook made me feel like I knew her even more. Just an old friend who understands my love of cooking! She refers to her cookbook as "A celebration of butter and sugar". Sold! Hooked. I do.

I loved her down-to-earth, approachable writing style. Her short anecdotes before each recipe made reading this cookbook very easy and more personal.

The cookbook itself is also very easy on the eyes. It's bright and colorful and pink.... and I love pink. I'm all about pictures in cookbook too, and I loved all of Joy's beautiful photography for each recipe. 


I also loved that the recipes weren't too advanced for a beginner like me. At first I was a bit intimidated and thought I wouldn't be able to make many of the recipes. But they are very do-able, and I'm sure there are some that will challenge me a bit, but now I'm excited to learn and take on new baking challenges!

Besides all that, I wanted to make nearly every recipe in this cookbook! Seriously, I will be cooking from it for sure for sure. I have pink little post it notes bookmarking pretty much every other page of the cookbook. But I didn't get around to making them all obviously. But I did make some good stuff.

Remember these?

























Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

























 


Whole Wheat Honey and Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

















































Peanut Butter Birthday Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting



Did you all love them as much as we did?!

So yeah, now I wanna get my bacon bakin' on more often. Joy was a self-taught cook, and she inspires me to follow my dreams and do what I enjoy doing, which is cooking and now baking. It truly has been a pleasure baking from it. I've learned some things along the way about baking that I didn't know before, and made some delicious new recipes that I didn't necessarily know I could do.

I hope you've loved this series as much as I have! Now go buy that cookbook and help a bloggin sista out!

*This post is part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef*
 
Peace, and bacon grease!

3 comments:

Heather @girlichef.com said...

Yay, I'm so happy that you enjoyed this book so much...she definitely has a winner =). And Desi, thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone and being a part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off!

Kim said...

I think you did a fantastic job stepping out of your comfort zone. I mean....look at that peanut butter cake. Holy cow that looks amazing!! So nice baking along with you for the past 4 weeks!

kyleen said...

Joy's cookbook is beautiful, and so is that peanut butter birthday cake. Mouth. Watering.