a book for a novice?
since i hate jumping on here with every question under the sun, and, in the end, all i really want to do is make a loaf of tasty french bread (and the occasional sour dough loaf) - i was wondering if someone could recommend a book that would handle the basic questions, i.e. someone mentioned 'fermentation' and i had no idea what they were talking about! i would like to learn the basics and obviously i could use this forum and others, but if i dont know what to ask about, then they arent much use.
i just really want to learn the basics of bread making and am hoping there is a book out there on the market that would help me?