Gluten-Free Artisan Bread + Zoe’s House

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Over Labor Day, we traveled to Sonja’s homeland (Minnesota) to visit family and friends, and to have a little blogger meet-up at the home of Zoë Francois. This day was extra special for us because we’ve been longtime fans of Zoë’s. Six years ago when the idea of cooking our own food was just beginning to gel, some friends had us for dinner and made an amazing fresh baked bread. We asked for the recipe and were pointed to Zoë and Jeff’s cookbook Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day. We immediately got the book from the library and later on bought it for ourselves. Their approach to baking is simple: high-quality bread made in an accessible manner. This approach to recipes is what we try to emulate for each post that we share.

Fast-forward half a decade and we find ourselves immersed in the world of food, recipe development, and photography. And, through the serendipitous power of blogs and mutual friends, we dropped by Zoë’s house for a pizza party. Her hospitality (and pizza dough) did not disappoint, matching the warmth and quality we were accustomed to from her books. She even helped all of us master our pizza tossing skills!

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{Erin and Melissa rocking the kitchen; Sarah snapping some of her fabulous Instagram shots}

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{Stephanie baking up this Ginger Plum Pie}

It was a day of celebrating: meeting new friends (Zoë, Stephanie, and Melissa), catching up with old friends (Erin and Sarah), and toasting to Zoe’s submitting the final edits on her newest book, Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. We made pizza and pie together, shared a thousand laughs, and ate the best foods. I’m always amazed by the immediate comfort level when meeting bloggers in real life. There’s a bond that is shared among us: a love for food, and a passion for turning it into photos and stories.

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If, like us, you and gluten are BFFs, check out our Healthy + Whole interview with Zoë, where we adapted her master recipe for a multi-grain no knead bread. However, if you are a gluten-free eater who’s been waiting for reliable, delicious homemade bread recipes, you should definitely pick up Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, which was released yesterday! We can’t recommend Zoë’s work enough.

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{Our White Pizza with Pecorino, Scallion, and Egg}

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.


  • Reply
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    October 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Sounds like an amazing afternoon! I love their book and will look forward to checking out their new gluten free version!

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    October 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Looks like such a fun afternoon. Thanks for introducing Jeff and Zoe’s book — definitely adding it to my list of reads!

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Wow! What a fun reunion! You are all so lucky to be together. Thanks for sharing, :).

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    October 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    i have not used her book but her blog is just wonderful…..

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    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    October 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Looks like such an amazing time! Those recipes look amazing :) Hope you had fun in Minnesota – hello from a fellow (used-to-be) Midwestener!

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    Zoë François
    October 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I loved this day so much! I can’t wait for you all to come back. And, you look adorable with the GF book! ;) xo

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    kristie {birch and wild}
    October 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Some of my favorite bloggers in one post! This is awesome. And I can’t wait to pick up the book!

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    October 23, 2014 at 4:07 am

    So funny. Jeff’s my uncle. ;)

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      October 23, 2014 at 7:02 am

      Funny! Tell him we love his books :-)

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    October 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Gah, can we do this again soon? I need another pizza/pie/blogger party in my life. :)

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