I know others have posted on this top, but I had to share my joy! Got Lahey's new book recently and tried his basic no-knead, enamelled cast iron pot method, baking my first loaf yesterday. The bread was spectacular!
Although I love the idea of baking bread, I've never had great results, once or twice maybe, but it never seemed worth the trouble. And I'm definitely one of those people who just doesn't enjoy kneading, just as I don't enjoy running: the endorphins never kick in. This was a revelation. A friend, a veteran (and once-professional) baker, couldn't believe that *I* had made this loaf, nor could he believe the method. So if you yearn to bake bread but are daunted by the process and all the variables, try his method. And if you have access to the book, with not only step-by-step instructions but step-by-step photos, you not only won't go wrong, you won't get nervous.
Finally, I'm a baker of sorts.