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!
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.
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.