Zoe Francois
Chef, Instructor, Cookbook Author


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, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and more. Since their widespread popularity and success, new and updated versions of both of these books have been published with even more great tips and recipes. The books have been widely acclaimed in newspapers and magazines nationally, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and many others.

 

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

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Hardcover
The New Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a DayRevised and Updated with New Recipes
Thomas Dunne Books

The New Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day has 33 new recipes as well as old favorites, including 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Grain Garlic Knots with Parsley and Olive Oil, Whole Grain Crock Pot Bread, Rosemary Flax Baguette, Cinnamon-Raisin Whole Wheat Bagels, Pumpkin Pie Brioche, Raisin Buns, Challah, Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels, gluten-free breads, and many more.

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The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a DayThe Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Thomas Dunne Books

A fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling, ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day—the revolutionary approach to bread-making. With more than half a million copies of their books in print, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François have proven that people want to bake their own bread, so long as they can do it easily and quickly. Based on fan feedback, Jeff and Zoë have completely revamped their first, most popular, and now-classic book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

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Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A DayThe Baking Revolution Continues with 90 New, Delicious and Easy Recipes Made with Gluten-Free Flours
Thomas Dunne Books

From the bestselling authors of the ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes a much-anticipated new cookbook featuring their revolutionary...

Hardcover
Thomas Dunne Books

From the bestselling authors of the ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes a much-anticipated new cookbook featuring their revolutionary...

Hardcover
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...

Hardcover
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
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 DayA lecture and demonstration, focusing on Jewish recipes.

Get access to even more exclusive recipes on the Artisan Bread website.

Check out a Q&A with Zoë and Jeff.

Visit Zoë’s pastry site.