Howdy y'all from Houston
... actually I don't talk like that, being from the Bronx, but I've been in Texas for the past 28 years. I started baking bread about 35 years ago, at which time my bible was the Tassajara bread book. I'll go long periods where I don't bake: it gets pretty hot down here! But the past few months I've had a lot of time on my hands, and been fairly active. I found this site by accident, and think it's absolutely fabulous. I was looking for bagel recipes, and found a thread that allowed me to produce a product much like what I grew up with. I've been trying a few breads from Reinhart's Whole Grain book with pretty good success. However, I tried to build a starter from scratch following his recipe, and have given up after a few failures. I look forward to learning a lot more from the good folks on this forum.