Hi from Redlands, CA
Hi from southern California, particularly, Redlands, CA! Happy 4th of July to those of you in the USA. I'm fairly new into baking, less than a year. I got the somewhat-maligned Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day first and was pretty happy with the results. Then I was fortunate enough to find this website and started to do a lot of reading and watched a lot of videos.
I saw people talking about Tartine and the Tartine method. I ended up buying the Tartine book, then Bread, then Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads. I made a starter a few months back quite by accident, letting a very high hydration yeasted dough sit a little too long in the fridge. From my reading on this site, it seemed like I could expect it to convert into a wild starter. I started caring for it, and it's pretty healthy now. Anyway, happy to be here, and I am very appreciative of all of the wonderful information and ideas collected and shared here.