Today we're chilling with Stephanie Wise, the 27-year-old blogger behind Girl Versus Dough, a baking blog that's celebrating its fifth birthday this week! Perhaps it's no surprise I'm drawn to Stephanie because she, like me, has been a newspaper reporter and food blogger. (I'm still doing both, but who knows? I may need to turn to her for advice one day.) Girl Versus Dough features a lot of delectable recipes that I find approachable, probably because Stephanie is a self-taught baker. Unlike cooking, baking can be really intimidating and I like learning from others who've taught themselves. There's a whole lot of sweet — plus some occasional savories — at Girl Versus Dough, and I think you guys will like it.
Read on to get to know Stephanie!
What is your all-time favorite book?
This answer changes constantly, but right now The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert is currently at the top of the list. It's a book about a man who decides to live completely in the wilderness — definitely eye-opening, humbling and fascinating.
What meal do you love to cook?
Anything I can bake. ;) That is to say, enchiladas are one of my favorite go-to meals — with extra guacamole on top, please.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
I love the food stories in Ruth Reichl's memoir, Tender At The Bone. If you haven't read it yet and you love food, drop everything (yes, even that cupcake) and go get a copy.
Tea or coffee?
COFFEE! Sorry about the shouting. I've had some coffee.
What is the last book you abandoned?
I should have abandoned Gone Girl, but I powered through it because everyone said it was so good. Now that I've finished it, I have to disagree.
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
I'd love to meet Elizabeth Gilbert. I'm not the biggest fan of Eat, Pray, Love, but I love her other books (I'm currently working on her new novel, The Signature of All Things) and I've seen/heard her interviews before. She just seems like a warm, kind, interesting person and I'd love to enjoy margaritas and share a plate of nachos with her.
Where do you go to find new recipes?
I find inspiration everywhere — other blogs, Pinterest and food magazines are my primary sources.
Where do you go to find new reads?
Either I'll get a tip to a book from a food or lifestyle blog that I read, but more likely I just browse the bookstore and find one (or five) books that sounds interesting. I could spend all day, every day in bookstores. With my drink of choice in the question above.
Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog, and your favorite aspects.
My blog is primarily a baking blog, and it all started as a personal challenge to bake more homemade bread. In the five years since, it's become about so much more, but at the heart of it it's just a running story about my intense passion for creating food and sharing it with those I love. I love the recipe creation and writing aspects of blogging, but my absolute favorite aspect of it is the relationships I've developed through the site with readers and other food bloggers. It's so fun to know there are other crazy food people out there like me who shamelessly post photos of their breakfasts on Instagram.
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
Ahh, this question is always so tough to answer because I follow like 200 blogs (I'm not even kidding)! Right now, my biggest blog crushes are Blogging Over Thyme, Climbing Grier Mountain, The Law Student's Wife, The Moonblush Baker andHow Sweet Eats — their photography and recipe ideas are just bonkers. But that really just barely scratches the surface of great food blogs out there.