The Cook & The Carpenter Bakeshop


Small Batch Baking

Making things by hand with Love


Our Story

The Cook & The Carpenter Bakeshop is a marriage made between a cook and a carpenter.

Sam Castillo, The Cook, met JoAnn Boscarino, The Carpenter, 17 years ago at a local eatery in Highland Park. When they got married the theme for the wedding was The Cook & The Carpenter. Over the years they have used their skills to create beautiful dinner parties, build fabulous furniture and make their friends feel welcomed in their home.

It just seemed natural that when the new business was being developed, they would name it The Cook & The Carpenter Bakeshop. Jo did most of the work in the front of the house, reusing and up-cycling all sorts of materials while Sam got to work baking breads and tasty treats for the whole neighborhood.

The entire concept, store, and business model is a labor of love not just by Sam and Jo but from a group of wonderful friends who helped make the Bakeshop what it is today.


Small Batch Baking

Here at The Cook & The Carpenter Bakeshop I value Quality over Quantity. The concept has always been Small Batch Baking: one baker with a troop of helpers here and there. Whatever I make that day is what is available.

I use good quality ingredients, mostly things you might find in your own kitchen—butter, eggs, flour, sugar, honey, etc. Our baked goods are not supposed to last a long time on your counter because there are no preservatives in anything I make.

So in order to keep the Quality high, I keep the Quantity low.


Some of The Cook’s favorites —



Light and airy, the perfect bread with hard cheese and good olive oil.


Olive Breads

Just too good to have only one slice.


French Breads

When looking for that perfect hostess gift, choose a bread that goes with everything!


Smoochie Pies

Many layers of an all-butter crust, simple fruit fillings with a tasty glaze on top. Just one is enough and yet…


Cranberry Pecan

Perfect with a morning cup of tea or for dessert—you can choose!


Yummy Fudgy Brownies

As Katherine Hepburn famously said: “Never quit, be yourself, and don’t put too much flour in your brownies”


Check out our menu


Daily Availability

We bake twice a day during the week- a morning bake for all the breads and an evening bake (around 5pm) for just the long breads of that day.

As a Small Batch Baker, whatever I make that day is what is available. Once it is gone- it’s gone!

Italian Bread


Rustic Breads:

White, Whole Wheat, Marble, Six Grain, Cranberry Pecan

Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yummy Fudgy Brownies

Smoochie Pies

The Carpenter’s Granola


Rotating Menu


Ciabatta, Dark Rye, Pesto & Pesto Mozzarella


Sourdough, Italian Rolls


Challah, Rustic Olive, Pesto & Pesto Mozzarella


Weekend Menu

Saturday & Sunday:

Butter Biscuits

Golden Raisin Tea Biscuits

Cinnamon Buns

Assorted Pastries



208 Raritan Ave
Highland Park, NJ 08904



Wednesday-Friday: 12pm-7pm

Saturday-Sunday: 11am-4pm

Monday & Tuesday: Closed

We may close early if we Sell Out.

We will update availability on social media or click here for the availability update on Instagram.



(732) 354-4222