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Zoë François

Chef, Instructor, Cookbook Author

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Zoë was formally trained as a pastry chef at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York. Since then she has been the executive pastry chef at several Twin Cities’ restaurants, working with nationally recognized chefs including Andrew Zimmern. Her work has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune several times, calling her desserts “endlessly delicious… the best in town… appealing, inventive and flat-out gorgeous…”

Zoë began teaching and presenting in 1997. She was asked to teach Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty how to bake Christmas cookies on NBC affiliate KARE 11-TV. Since then she has made several appearance on television, national radio and featured in newspapers all over the country. She teaches at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Whole Foods, The University of Minnesota and other cooking schools around the country.

She participated in the exclusive Baking and Pastry Arts Invitational Retreat for America’s leading pastry chefs, sponsored by the CIA and Food Arts Magazine where she worked with the leading chefs in the country.

Zoë is the co-author, with Jeff Hertzberg, of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The book has been widely acclaimed in newspapers and magazines nationally, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and many others. She and Jeff are currently writing their second cookbook, due out in October of 2009.

Zoë is a product development consultant for General Mills and a number of restaurants.

Zoë François is available as a celebrity keynote speaker on subjects ranging from Food & Wine, to Health and Wellness to Jewish Interest subjects. You may also be interested in our range of literary guest speakers, Etiquette speakers and Culture and Society experts.

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Thomas Dunne Books

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Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day
100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients
Thomas Dunne Books

From the authors of the groundbreaking, hugely popular Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes a new cookbook filled with quick and easy recipes for healthy...
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The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Thomas Dunne Books

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread to fill a kitchen with warmth, eager appetites, and endless praise for the baker who took on such a...


Baking Your Own Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: A lecture and demonstration of the methods from the author’s best-selling bread cookbook.

How to Write a Best-Selling Cookbook: Jeff and Zoe Francois developed a simple concept, and went on to write one of the best selling cookbooks of 2008 with Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

Jewish Recipes from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: A lecture and demonstration, focusing on Jewish recipes.



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