Shauna Sever–cookbook author, baking blogger, television host, and mom of two–is The Next Door Baker. With her easy, fun, and accessible approach to 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); Piece of Cake, an award-winning baking blog; numerous television and radio appearances; and recipes and expert baking tips featured in publications like 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.
As a home baking expert, she’s appeared on the TODAY Show, Food Network, NPR, Home and Family, Wake Up with Al, Ulive, Better TV, Good Day L.A., WGN Chicago, and many more. Her baking-related videos for outlets such as CHOW.com, eHowFood, and Kin Eats have attracted more than 1 million YouTube views. She currently pops into more than 20 million homes each week as the host of Cooking Light on Portico TV.
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 search for great old-school Midwestern bakeries. She covets 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.