I was one of Joy the Baker’s enthusiastic fans long before I signed up for the Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off hosted by Heather at girlichef that celebrates the launching of Joy’s new cookbook. Her blog is one of the many I visit on a regular basis and I have always loved her recipes so I knew that her book would be a excellent addition to my cookbook library. The first three weeks of the cook-off we prepared recipes from the book and now, the fourth week, it’s review time. Joy calls her book a “celebration of butter and sugar” and that is the best description I can think of to summarize it. You will find a complete list of cook-off participants and their recipe selections at girlichef.
The Joy the Baker Cookbook is a compilation of 100 of Joy’s favorite recipes. Its 241 pages contain beautiful photographs (I always make the recipes with photos first, don’t you?) and a broad range of recipes from peanut butter bacon cookies, chocolate avocado cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting to cocoa almond granola and zucchini and potato pancakes. And I want to make them all! Joy introduces each recipe with comments about her baking philosophy and a glimpse into her charming personality and delightful sense of humor. By the end of the book I feel that I know Joy and understand her passion for baking. She has even included a chapter of kitchen tips such as how to make buttermilk and brown sugar and how to season a cast iron skillet. Joy loves cream cheese frosting as much as I do and includes recipes for chocolate, brown sugar and peanut butter versions. Yum!
If you read the posts I have included in this Cook-Off you know that I loved the recipes I tried and look forward to baking many more in Joy’s book. The recipes are straight forward and easy to follow and for the most part use ingredients that I always have in the pantry. They are everyday recipes with special twists and additions that make them very special. The Verdict… I give this cookbook two very enthusiastic thumbs up and recommend that you add it to your cookbook collection if you love to bake.