Julie Richardson

Baker & Spice creator, baker and cookbook author Julie Richardson chose Portland as her home in 1997. 

Inspired by the beauty of baking and the bountiful seasons of the Pacific Northwest, Julie created Baker & Spice - an early Portland Farmers Market stall beloved for it’s seasonal hand-pies and singular shortbread cookies.

Now, Julie shares her passion for baking at the Baker & Spice Bakery, the Cakery and in award-winning books: Rustic Fruit Desserts and Vintage Cakes.

She and her husband Matt Kappler live close to the bakery with their four-legged family: Chester, Chloe, Silvan, Loki & Bert.


Cakes are central to the way we celebrate, whether that celebration is a birthday, a wedding, or just a warm summer evening. With recipes from both the recent and more distant past, Vintage Cakes is a confectionary stroll down memory lane. With Richardson’s modern look at beloved baked goods, these 65 nostalgic and fool-proof recipes rekindle our love affair with cakes.


A collection of simple and satisfying recipes for crisps, slumps, buckles, grunts, and other old-timey desserts by a beloved Portland bakery owner in collaboration with one of the region’s top chefs.An early fall cobbler with blackberries bubbling in their juice beneath a golden cream biscuit. A crunchy oatmeal crisp made with mid-summer’s sweet nectarines and raspberries. Or a comforting pear bread pudding made with brioche to soften a harsh winter’s day. In RUSTIC FRUIT DESSERTS, James Beard Award-winning chef Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson, owner of Baker & Spice, share their repertoire of classic fruit desserts, including crumbles, crisps, Betty’s, buckles, and pies that showcases the freshest in-season fruit available. Simple, scrumptious, and always a cherished favorite,these heritage desserts are (thankfully) experiencing a long-due revival.


Recipes: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4