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Joy the Baker: The Only Cooking Blog You'll Ever Need

Joy Wilson is New Orleans-based baker who runs the super popular cooking blog Joy the Baker. She is also the author of several cookbooks including “Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats”, “100 Simple and Comforting Recipes” and “Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days”. She regularly hosts workshops at her workspace, the Bakehouse.

Cooking blogs are a funny thing. On one hand, they are a virtual recipe book filled with somebody else's tips, mistakes and beautiful pictures. There is an endless stream of them online and regardless of dietary restrictions, you can find a food blog that caters to your tastes. On the other hand, they can be complicated and esoteric, calling for tons of ingredients we can't find or expensive kitchen machinery we don't have space in the pantry for. Worst of all, our final products never seem to look quite as beautiful as the pictures we drool over online.

Enter Joy The Baker, a cooking blog centered around the life and adventures of Joy Wilson, a hilarious thirty-something baker (and self described donut enthusiast) living in New Orleans. She has written several cookbooks, including a new one all about brunch, and updates the blog, which she started in 2008, every few days with an entertaining post and new recipe.

Joy's website is full of ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, drinks and general entertaining. She has a recipe that can quell any craving, with posts for everything from fish tacos to breakfast nachos to blueberry muffins. Having made several of her recipes, I really can't say enough good things about them. The instructions for each dish are concisely written, easy to execute and the serving portions are such that there are always leftovers, which is a plus. The listed ingredients are also manageable, rarely calling for anything weirdly expensive or hard to find.

Give her blog a look for some excellent inspiration and follow her on Instagram for recipes made in real-time (and some hilarious stories).

All photos courtesy of joythebaker.com