can artisan be done by feel and by hand?
Am brand-new poster. Recently bought J. Handelmman's Bread book. I've been baking bread for years and rarely used recipes-- just chose my ingredients and put it together by feel. Thought it was time for horizon-expanding, but this book makes me feel like they cancelled Christmas. I've made a few recipes, trying to adjust to the hyper-precise technique from my seat-of-the-pants approach, plus I do not own a mixer, what would be the fun in that? Yes, I certainly got some interesting bread, pretty to look at and pleasant to eat, and I learned a ton about process. But IT'S NO FUN. I LOVE kneading, I love letting the dough 'speak' to me and tell me what it needs (Ha) but all of a sudden I feel like I'm making bread the WRONG way. Is this what artisan bread is really about, or is there compromise bubbling about somewhere? Anything else I should be reading?