Shauna Sever–cookbook author, baking blogger, television and radio contributor, and mom of two–is The Next Door Baker. With her easy, fun, and accessible approach to “modern Midwestern” baking, Shauna gives you the know-how to pull together simple, crave-worthy recipes that are good for the soul and get people talking.
With three successful cookbooks in print, including Real Sweet (HarperCollins), Marshmallow Madness!, and Pure Vanilla (Quirk Books); A 2017 IACP nomination for her work as a monthly contributor for NPR’s beloved food radio show The Splendid Table; Piece of Cake, an award-winning baking blog; and recipes and expert baking tips featured on the TODAY Show, Food Network, Home and Family, O Magazine, USA Weekend, Family Circle, Woman’s World, Fine Cooking, and more, Shauna is matching her skills and her passion to make baking accessible to everyone. Her baking-related videos for online outlets such as Little Things, CHOW.com, eHowFood, and Kin Eats have attracted millions of views.
Before pursuing a career in food, Shauna graduated with a degree in Journalism from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. After working as a television host and entertainment correspondent for the likes of Extra, TV Guide Network, and Reelz Channel and interviewing countless celebrities on the red carpet and beyond, she followed her sweet tooth into the world of baking and desserts. Soon after, she launched her blog and became a recipe writer for a Michelin-starred chef, and continued on as a TV host for food-related segments.
After more than 12 years of living in California, Shauna, her husband, and their two little sweet-toothed kids recently relocated to her hometown of Chicago, where she now bakes, writes, and is always on the hunt for great old-school Midwestern bakeries. She covets vintage bakeware, bowls that nest, cookbooks old and new, hot coffee and cold cocktails, laughing so hard that no sound comes out, and singing loudly to classic rock.