Book Review – Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day

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Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., coauthor of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients, is a physician with twenty years of experience in health care as a practitioner, consultant, and faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His interest in baking and preventive health sparked a quest to adapt the techniques of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for healthier ingredients.

Zoë François, coauthor of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients, is passionate about food that is real, healthy, and always delicious. She is a pastry chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America. In addition to teaching baking and pastry courses nationally, she consults to the food industry and is the creator of the recipe blog She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.

The authors answer bread questions at their Web site:


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From the authors of the groundbreaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes a new cookbook filled with quick and easy recipes for healthy bread Their first book was called “stupendous,” “genius,” and “the holy grail of bread making.” Now, in their much-anticipated second book, Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoë François have taken their super-fast method and adapted it for the health-conscious baker, focusing on whole grains and other healthier ingredients.
The method is still quick and simple, producing professional-quality results with each warm, fragrant, hearty loaf. In just five minutes a day of active preparation time, you can create delectable, healthy treats such as 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Grain Garlic Knots with Parsley and Olive Oil, Black-and-White Braided Pumpernickel and Rye Loaf, Cherry Black Pepper Focaccia, Pumpkin Pie Brioche, Chocolate Tangerine Bars, and a variety of gluten-free breads. And many of the recipes are 100% whole grain.
Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day will show you that there is time enough for home-baked bread, and that it can be part of a healthy diet. Calling all bread lovers: Whether you are looking for more whole grains, watching your weight, trying to reduce your cholesterol, or just care about what goes into your body, this book is a must-have.


I am in bread heaven. Now I just need more space. *sigh*
I had bought the first book in this series the minute it came out because there is nothing I like more than bread hot out of the oven. Now I can have healthy bread hot out of the oven. Mmmmmmmm!

The main premise in this book is to keep a supply of dough always at hand in your refrigerator so you can have hot, fresh, yummy bread in minimal time. Isn’t that BRILLIANT?! But I don’t have a full sized refrigerator, I have the mini one that comes with the trailer so while I adore these recipes I’m a little stuck at the moment. It doesn’t mean I still can’t play, though, I just have to adapt a bit. In fact I am going to be adapting tomorrow when I make bread sticks and garlic knots to add to the breads I am taking to our friends for Thanksgiving dinner.

The recipes are well written and easy to follow with lots of good information on the different flours and grains you can add to help “health you up.”

You know I am all about adding some more healthful elements to my diet these days as you have seen with my posts on the White Whole Wheat Flour – well this is the cookbook for anyone looking to do just that too! The book gives you a myriad of ways to take some of your favorite breads and make them much better for you with whole grain flours or the addition of nuts and seeds.

There are some lovely photos to help those who need to see a finished product. This is a wonderful concept and delightful, fun cookbook.

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