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Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas in the bakery at Janjou Patisserie. Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas in the bakery at Janjou Patisserie. (Photo: Dasfoto Studio)

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Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas, Janjou Patisserie, Boise, Idaho

Israel-born Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas moved to Boise, Idaho, with her husband, Chuck, two decades ago. She opened Janjou Patisserie, named after her mother, in 2008 as a wholesale cookie seller, and opened a physical shop in Boise's North End in 2013. Since then, she's gained a following for her craftsmanship, precision and warmth, and she's been nominated twice – once in 2016, and again in 2020 – as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker.

After the sudden death of her 5-year-old son, Ilai, in 2016, Mizrachi-Gabbitas threw herself into work. After a difficult four years, she's now reducing the bakery's hours, but folks can still stop in five days a week for her signature croissants, tarts and coffee.

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