If you are a regular to the site you have probably noticed that my style is quite eclectic. That is because I have lived both in Canada and the United States. Born in Nova Scotia to a British father I was brought up eating both Canadian and British food. My family moved to Winnipeg Manitoba when I was a teenager and that is where I eventually met and married my husband, Rick. From Winnipeg we subsequently moved to Thompson Manitoba, Regina Saskatchewan, Ottawa, and Toronto. In 1988 we were given the opportunity to move to the US, so we packed our bags and headed to Portland Oregon. From there we moved to Indianapolis Indiana and now we live in Atlanta Georgia. Through all the moves I have continued to bake and read about baking and have explored the diverse baking interests of each place I've lived. I have no formal training, albeit a week long Patisserie class at the Le Cordon Bleu in London and a course in baking at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland. My experience and knowledge comes from being in the kitchen all the time and reading, lots and lots of reading. I've lost count of the number of cookbooks I have but I'm sure my library numbers well over a thousand. All the recipes on the site are devised, baked, and then written by me. I do not use outside recipe testers as I prefer to test each and every recipe myself in my own kitchen.
While the recipes and writing are done by me, all the beautiful photos and technical aspects of the site are handled by Rick. What would I do without him. Rick has a background in high tech marketing and engineering so he's well equipped to handle these tasks and that frees me to do what I do best, write about baking.
In closing, to become a good baker all you need are good ingredients and some time and patience in the kitchen. Practice does eventually lead to excellence so I encourage you to start easy and as your confidence builds you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Founder - Joyofbaking.com