Welcome to Bite This Book!, a new 2012 series on Simple Bites. Each month, I’ll feature a cookbook of my choosing that is hot off the press, host a Q & A with the author, and then give you a chance to win a copy or two. It’s Bite This Book! good reads on Simple Bites.
To say that I’ve been anticipating Joy the Baker’s cookbook is a huge understatement. I’ve been reading her blog since its conception, I never miss a podcast, and am a very, very big fan for Joy’s playful style and soulful recipes.
Unwrapping her latest project, Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes, when it arrived in the mail was a pretty major event. Noah flipped through it with me and we sighed over the perfectly frosted cakes, banana bread pudding and scores of pancakes.
We settled on Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes for breakfast that weekend, a fantastic recipe that was simple enough to make together, yet tasted special enough for Sunday morning. That seems to be a theme throughout Joy’s book. No recipe comes across as daunting, and most seem special enough for an occasion.
We’ve mixed up Joy’s chocolate chip cookies (hand’s down the best dough I have ever tasted), enjoyed her Browned Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats for a recent birthday party, and have bookmarked nearly every other recipe in the book as a ‘must try’.
Read on for a short interview with Joy and a chance to win one of two copies of the Joy the Baker cookbook!
Q & A with Joy the Baker
1. How was the Joy the Baker cookbook born?
The Joy the Baker cookbook was really born out of my blog… and my insatiable desire to just bake the day away. I love pancakes, brownies, and chocolate cake, and having the opportunity to expand that from the Internet to the page seemed like both a blessing, and an exciting, natural next step.
2. How would you describe the cookbook to someone who may have never heard of Joy the Baker?
The Joy the Baker Cookbook is designed to make you feel like a hero in the kitchen… it’s that simple. My goal was to arm home bakers with simple, approachable, delicious, and absolutely sharable recipes. The book is colorful, quirky, and fun. It’s mean to get dog-eared, butter stained, and well loved, because the recipes are downright smile-inducing.
3. Did you learn anything about yourself during the cookbook publishing process?
I learned that I’m hopelessly obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter. I also learned that I have more to say than I ever thought possible on the topic of butter, sugar, and cream.
4. So, the book tour. How excited are you and how does one prepare for a book tour?
I am so tremendously excited to go on book tour! It’s totally a dream come true. How does one prepare for a book tour? Buy a lot of plane tickets, pack a lot of cute tops, eye cream, stretchy pants, and sharpie markers. I also have figure out what to sign in each book… that’s really what keeps me up at night…. seriously.
Thanks to the publishers at Hyperion, I have two copies of the Joy the Baker Cookbook to give away!
To enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post and answer the question:
“What is your favorite recipe to bake up in the kitchen?!”
(If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email. Thank you!)
Giveaway ends Saturday, March 10, at 11:30PM. Good luck to all!