12 Days: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day

Welcome to Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook Giveaway. The big day is almost here, and I know that you’re all busy baking cookies and planning your Christmas dinner. I hope that this holiday season is treating you all well, and that Santa has big plans in store!

Today’s selection is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë Francois. You might remember Jeff and Zoë from my Food Blogger Spotlight interview with them last year. They’re a dynamic duo — a medical doctor and a professional baker — who joined forces to bring you two of the best bread-baking books on the market (the other book is Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients).

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is a book for people who love bread, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen every week baking loaf after loaf. No, Jeff and Zoë have devised a system that allows you to bake the freshest, most satisfying bread known to man, requiring less time that it to make a cup of coffee. With the recipes in this book, you invest a small amount of dough-making time in the beginning of the week, toss the dough in the fridge, and then use bits of it to make bread as you want it. It’s ingenious, really. And can you imagine having freshly baked bread every day? I’m beginning to swoon just thinking about it.

Again, this isn’t a gluten-free baking book. At all. But if you’re able to enjoy gluten breads, then I highly recommend Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Your family will not only thank you for providing a daily cache of fresh bread — they may actually throw themselves to the ground at your feet.

The Giveaway

Here’s how to enter: To win a copy of this book, leave a comment on a different post on my site, and then leave a comment here to tell me what you’ve done. For every post you comment on, you’ll get one entry. I’ll announce the winners on Christmas Eve.

What Is the 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook Giveaway?

I’m giving away 12 cookbooks for the twelve days of Christmas. Every day, I will post a new book to give away. How can you find out the cookbook of the day? Well, you can come back here and check, or you can subscribe to my RSS feed or post mailing list, so that you’ll be alerted when I announce a new book.

To see all of the entries in one place, you can check the Blog Giveaway category.

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Comments from other ninjas:

  1. Carolyn N says

    I commented on the slow cooker collard greens. I love greens but won’t cook them with the pork that is usually called for.

    I have the healthy version of this book and have been meaning to get the first one. I would love to have a copy of this! :)

  2. kristi says

    I marked the recipe for green tomato and pork loin stew. I stock up on pork loins when the price is right and during the summer have access to a lot of green tomatoes. I think this recipe will be awesome this summer!

  3. Di says

    I commented on the follow-up entry on the P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps. I think the techniques used in making that will help me as I learn to make chinese food.

  4. Iisha B says

    I can’t wait to try the cinnamon-pumpkin-seed-brittle-recipe. I love that it doesn’t have CS as an ingredient like most recipes.

    Subscribing to your blog too. Lots of good recipes.

  5. Laurel says

    I’ve had so much fun going into your archives. It’s like an online cooking library, so varied. I left a comment on growing your own fresh lemongrass, which would be great if there were an Asian market anywhere nearby or a Farmers’ Market or a farmer even.

  6. Janet says

    I commented on the home made whipped cream!! I would love to have a copy of this book…I had to return mine to the library!

  7. fishes and loaves says

    That was fun! Posted on “How to Make Mayonnaise,” “Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder 19 Hours in the Making,” and “The Great Kitchen De-Clutter”

    Thanks for the giveaway offer and for blogging food!

  8. Pam Lacey says

    This has been a blast… viewing previous posts, bookmarking things to come back too and now seeing a comment mentione Pad Thai. Off to go check that out too. I left a comment on the Curry Potato Soup with Lamb Meatballs post. YUM! And wouldn’t some hot, fresh baked bread go great with that soup? :-)

  9. Ann says

    Commented on the ‘Ninja’ men but forgot to mention that I was glad you didn’t use raisens for eyes, they always seem to burn, yuck! Cookies are ok but bread is the staff of life. . .

  10. Joyce Mosby says

    I commented on good to the grain and memorable foods to share. I would love to win this. i love homemade bread.

  11. Carole Lewis says


    I checked out your blog on the Ninja Gingerbread Men. Now to find them before my Grandson’s 4th B’Day. Maybe a Pizza Party with homemade pizzas using ABin 5’s Olive Oil Bread. Sounds like a party to me.

  12. Stacey Fisher Thomas says

    I commented on the Star Wars Raspberry post. Talk about awesome. Going to take some time to explore your blog now. Love the idea of featuring different food bloggers that you like.

  13. Sue Hull says

    I left a post on the German Chocolate Cake, yum. Can’t wait to try it. Love your site. I have learned sooo much and love baking the bread. (would also love the book).

  14. Jeff Hertzberg says

    Thanks Stephanie– you’re awesome! FYI– our 2nd book (Healthy Bread in 5) has an entire chapter of gluten-free breads that come out beautifully.


  15. Mary Williams says

    The Spicy Green Bean Tempura recipe sounds yummy. Left my comment there and bookmarked your site. Thanks for running this contest.

  16. DebbieK says

    I love to bake! This would be a great book to win. I explored your baking cecipe category link then read and commented on Gluten Free Brioche Recipe – that recipe looks wonderful. thx

  17. Nancy Studebaker says

    I have taken numerous cooking classes on bread making, including week long bread clinics, and classes with Peter Reinhart and Ciril Hitz as well. I am a huge fan of their recipes and techniques as well, but your bread and techniques rivals much more lengthy and involved processes! Who has time to bake bread at this time of year? I DO!!!! I have two buckets of bread rising now -with company coming for the next week. What a treat this will be for everyone!

  18. Marisa H says

    I would love to make Artisan gluten free bread in 5 minutes a day! If I had this book I would try the conversion for sure.