by / Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off: Joy the Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson {Event Announcement}

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How awesome is it when one of your favorite bloggers announces that they're coming out with a cookbook?

And how much more awesome is it when you're asked by the publisher of said book, Hyperion (publisher) to host an event around this cookbook?

TOTALLY AWESOME!  Yes, I grew up up in the 80's.

It's true.  She's one of the first blogs I "discovered".  Funny, quirkly, stylish, adorable, and downright irresistible...she's Joy the Baker.  From goodies like pancakes, waffles, muffins, cake, and doughnuts to good-for-you things like salads containing grains, veggies and fruit, breakfasts to get your day started right and smoothies for sipping...these are what makes it fun for me to stop by Joy the Baker.  Great photos...adorable putty-tat...relatable stories...and recipes that I've tried and loved are what keep me coming back.  All of this translates easily into her cookbook.  If you feel the same way I do about Joy, I guarantee you're going to want to be first in line to snag your own copy of her cookbook soon to be released (February 28).  And if by chance you've been living in a Joy-free world?  What are you waiting for!  Everybody could use a little Joy in their life.

22 other bloggers will be joining me in showcasing Joy's new cookbook in the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off to take place over four weeks...kicking off February 12th and wrapping up March 10th.  As the host, I have the honor of picking the recipes that everybody will step into their kitchen with during the first two weeks.  I chose one sweet and one savory for each week.  The other bloggers and I will then make one or both and blog about it.  The third week (book release week!) will be blogger's choice so expect to see a glorious array of goodies.  The fourth and final week everybody will do a book review, chronicling their experience with the Joy the Baker Cookbook.

Please continue to check this post as I will update it with links to everybody's individual experiences day by day and week by week.  I'll also be sliding an interview with Joy into this time frame and (are you paying attention!?) I'll be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky person!

Bloggers participating in the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off are:

Heather (host) - girlichef 
Vianney - Sweet Life
Christy - Fudge Ripple
Michelle - Ms. enPlace
Allison - Alli 'n Sons
Lauren - Keep it Sweet
Trix - Tasty Trix

Sit back and enjoy the ride!  And please, leave feedback or questions about the cookbook or the spotlight at any time.

week one: Chocolate Fudge Brownies w/ Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and/or Flax Seed & Cracked Pepper Crackers
(February 12 - February 18)

week two: Mini Chamomile Cakes w/ Honey Frosting and/or Whole Wheat Honey & Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits
(February 19 - February 25)

week three: Blogger's Choice
(February 26 - March 3)
Mangos chili and Z - Cheddar, Chive & Jalapeño Biscuits 
Shugary Sweets - Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
My Colombian Recipes - Zucchini and Potato Pancakes + Lavendar Lemon Bars
Ms. enPlace - Cheddar, Chive & Jalapeño Biscuits & Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Wives with Knives - Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles
Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor - Cheddar, Chive, & Jalapeño Biscuits
Keep it Sweet - Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins
Foodness Gracious - Lavender Lemon Bars
Tasty Trix - Lavender Lemon Bars
Sweet Life - Cheddar, Chive, & Jalapeño Biscuits
Stirring the Pot - Crunchy Cocoa Roasted Almonds
Alli 'n Sons - Extra Crumb Coffee Cake
Fudge Ripple - Baked Coffee Cake French Toast
Kahakai Kitchen - Vegan Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes w/ Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
The View from Great Island - Cocoa Almond Granola
Eats Well with Others - Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Mangoes and Chutney - Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding
Rook No.17 - Dark Chocolate and Anise Biscotti
Bo's Bowl - Pineapple Malted Milkshake
Steak 'n Potatoes Kinda Gurl - Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Banana Bread - Peanut Butter Birthday Cake w/ Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Cooking for my Peace of Mind - Buttermilk Skillet Cake w/ Pecan Praline Topping

week four:  Cookbook Review
(March 4 - March 10)

More Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off links to check out:  
-check out my interview: 9 Questions with Joy the Baker
-Winner of the Joy the Baker Cookbook giveaway announced here.

The Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes is now available (as of February 28, 2012)!

*This post is part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef*
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*see if you can catch up with Joy the Baker on her Book Tour!

Heather is a Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.


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