Review – Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoe Francois


Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg: Book Cover

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients
by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoë François

Published by Thomas Dunne Books


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.


Hertzberg

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 blogwww.zoebakes.com. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.

The authors answer bread questions at their Web site:www.healthybreadinfive.com.

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My thoughts:

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day is a wonderful new cookbook that would be a perfect gift for the cook/baker/cookbook reader in your life. I fall into the last category and really appreciate the layout of the book. There are easily understood explanations of why healthy bread is so good for us; the preferred ingredients to use; and the tools needed to make the bread. There is a very helpful tips and techniques section.

A Master Recipe is the basis for the breads. A batch is made and then stored in the refrigerator (up to two weeks) to be used in addition to other ingredients for your preferred bread. The Master Recipe can be baked in various forms: free form, baguettes, and bagels just to name a few. In the center of the book are several full-color photos of breads such as Cinnamon Crescent Rolls, 100% Whole Wheat Christmas Stollen, Indian Spiced Whole Grain Doughnuts, and Boule. I dare your mouth not to water while looking at the photos! Also included throughout the book are black and white photos showing different techniques.

If you’re interested in a healthy diet you’ll appreciate the appendix at the back of the book that explains the nutritional value of eating Healthy Bread. There are at least ten gluten-free recipes for people with that concern. If you’re looking for a great cookbook, you can’t go wrong with Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

You can purchase the book here or here.

Review copy from FSB Associates