Shauna Sever is The Next Door Baker. With her easy, fun and accessible approach to baking and entertaining, she inspires both the pastry proficient and baking-phobic alike to tie their apron strings and head into the kitchen. Whether it’s an easy savory tart for a weeknight supper, a birthday cake for the office or a decadent dessert to impress friends at a dinner party, Shauna gives you the know-how to bake up simple, flavorful recipes that are good for the soul and get people talking.
Shauna’s passion for baking started at an early age, when she attempted to sell day-glo confections made from doctored cake mix, canned frosting, and copious amounts of food coloring to her third-grade classmates. Needless to say, the business never really took off. But after many years of practice as a self-taught baker (and a stint at San Francisco’s famed Tante Marie’s Cooking School), Shauna’s got it down.
With her first cookbook, Marshmallow Madness! from Quirk Books published in February 2012; Her second cookbook coming in Fall 2012; Piece of Cake, a popular food blog named one of the top 50 food blogs by Babble.com; and the launch of Bake Sale Bakery, a small batch baking and dessert catering business, Shauna is matching her skills and her passion to make baking accessible to everyone.
Before pursuing a career in the food biz, Shauna graduated with a degree in Journalism from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. After working as an investigative reporter, a television host and correspondent for the likes of Extra and TV Guide Network, Shauna decided to follow 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.
When not writing, baking, or taking care of her husband and their little girl, Shauna can be found hunting for great pastries, kitchen gadgetry and cookbooks and running the hills of San Francisco. She covets bowls that nest, cookbooks old and new, great coffee and well-chilled moderately priced white wine, as well as laughing so hard that no sound comes out and singing loudly to classic rock.