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Leslie Osborne Bessie Bakes

Did you know that we eat 90% MORE GLUTEN than ancient cultures, even though bread was a staple for all of their meals?!

From farm-to-table so much has changed over the centuries in the way we farm and produce our food.

My Food Philosophy

  I believe it's possible to enjoy food that is utterly delicious and transformative to your mind, body, and spirit and that helps you maintain incredible health and wellness. 

And as a professionally-trained artisan baker, I'll help guide you through the tricky process of baking at home.

Learn to bake like a Rockstar

Take your baking game to the next level with lots of step-by-step photos.

Learn to cook with Ease

Cooking whole foods recipes doesn't have to be complicated.  Turn simple ingredients into transformational food.

What Others Say


For many years I had the experience of so many different methods of preparation, always something was going wrong.  The joy of working and the end result, certainly worth the effort!

Sigalit Gerbi /  reader comment for authentic French croissants


My family took a trip to France in June and have been dreaming of those wonderful croissants since we got back. I decided to make your recipe yesterday.  It made my day when my teens eyes lit up when they bit into them saying they tasted just as good as the ones in France!

Avree/ reader comment


An answer to prayer! A Nutella I can consume, I’m diabetic! Thanks Leslie!  Just had to make it and it tastes Spectacular!

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Leslie Osborne

I have been obsessed with cooking and baking so much so that I attended The French Pastry School in Chicago, IL in 2012.  I learned how food corporations have completely ruined bread over the last several decades.  I also know how important it is to eat a healthy whole foods diet with an emphasis on colorful produce.  Here I share lots recipes to nourish your mind, body, and spirit with love....and sometimes butter.

Featured Recipes
Bessie Bakes

The most refreshing mango lassi smoothie recipe

This mango smoothie is permeated with flavor of sweet chai spices and fresh ginger for a  vibrant smoothie combo.

easy quinoa breakfast bowl recipe

Whip up an easy quinoa breakfast bowl for a delicious and satisfying meal filled with healthy fat and fresh produce!

French croissants and chocolate croissants recipe with 40 step-by-step photos

Learn how to make the most authentic French Croissants with clear instruction and great feedback in the comments section!

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