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Bread-baking virgin needs advice

taylor_blair | Apr 3, 200801:28 PM

I'm new to bread-baking and a little intimidated. So of course I turn to you wise Chowhounders for advice.

1. Is there a good beginners bread baking cookbook I should reference first? I have The Bread Bible right now (checked out from the library) but it looks complicated.

2. What types of bread should I start out with? I'm more interested in the flat breads like ciabatta, focaccia, etc. and the artisan loaves (like the no-knead Sullivan Street Bakery recipe) than quick breads.

3. Are there basics that I should be aware of - like equipment, utensils, general guidelines like "do not skimp on the rising time!" etc.?

Thanks everyone! :)


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