“A celebration of butter and sugar” is how Joy describes her new book. I couldn’t agree more, this book has one hundred recipes full of sticky, gooey, crusty and chewy. This is week four of my journey where I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the book called simply, Joy The Baker before it hit the shelves. My mission was to bake, photograph and tell all about certain recipes chosen by Heather from Girlichef. She’s the Charlie in this operation and I’m an angel only in this show there’s another twenty angels in the form of other bloggers who also had to make and bake the same recipes.
Our first week was full of amazing brownies smothered with a jacket of chocolate frosting, seriously if that brownie had a heart it must have felt so happy to have been dressed like that…for the record I think it did have a heart. Week one also had some neat little flaxseed crackers jumping for joy when they met up with some goat cheese. The pair hit it off from the start and the last I heard they were running towards the sunset.
Onto week two where chamomile cupcakes with a honey frosting had to be made, such a hard life but I struggled on and….ate a few. My other mission which I chose to accept was to make some whole wheat honey and goat cheese biscuits. These were hearty and heavy and would have kicked a Southern style biscuits butt into next week.
Week three, sweet week three. I was fortunate to score some giant baseball size Meyer lemons from a friend and lo and behold Joy has a recipe for Lavender Lemon Bars. I’m a huge fan of citrus desserts or the odd cocktail so as much as I wanted to throw the lemons towards making some Limoncello I stayed on course and headed for the lemon bar suite.
This book is hard to put down. When your in the middle of baking something, all you want to do is check what’s on the next page. As well as the fantastic photographs which accompany every recipe, It’s well laid out and pleasing to read. Joy gives some great baking tips at the beginning such as measuring properly, ingredients and substitutions and why some baking myths are in fact true. The recipes are easy to follow and I found that I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen to begin with. I think everyone should have this book in their house, from the student to Grandma…there’s a recipe for everyone. Thanks again to Heather for allowing me to be part of this awesome group.
Go buy the book and celebrate with some butter and sugar!
This post is part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef
All I can say is… Great work, angels. ;)
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed this book and thanks for joining in this Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off, Gerry! =)
Great review! I think the best cookbooks are the ones that aren’t just fantastic recipes, but also good reads. Your pictures make me want to check it out even more. Thanks for sharing.
I love all these delicious!
love, Love, LOVE the imagery of a chocolate cake and crackers whisking towards sunset…so much more my speed than the dish running away with the spoon. great review…it was a blast cooking with you :)
I have never so wanted to eat pictures before.
Loved your weekly recap. Nice review too! It was fun baking with you.
Wow, another wonderful review! It’s impossible not to put this book in my list of Wishlist!
How wonderful to have been able to have a sneak preview! I do love Joy’s work, recipes and writing and can’t wait to get my hands on her book (I mean, how brilliant is the title alone?!)
Great review! I feel the same way about Joy’s book. I’m always looking forward to the next recipe.
P.S. I agree with you about the goat cheese biscuits. I didn’t realize how much I loved them at first but now I can’t stop thinking about them.
I’ve really enjoyed your cookbook review. The photos, the recipes, the tips and personal opinions have all been great! You make me want to buy this cookbook!
I’m not allowing myself to get cookbooks anymore (too many I’m pretty sure I’ve got hundreds if I include those in storage) but this one does look mighty good. Love the lemon lavender bars!
This was a great series of posts you shared, Gerry, and I have added Joy’s book to my Amazon wish list. I’ve got my fingers crossed it’ll be an Easter gift – but if not, then maybe I’ll just have to splurge and treat myself ;) I’m so glad you shared your take on the book and can’t wait to get my hands on it…
I’m heading out my door to purchase Joy the Baker’s book!