Hi from San Jose, CA
I've been lurking & getting good information from this site for a few days, and just baked my first sourdough today. I've been baking for several years now, but not the artisan-style breads. What got me started was the bread machine we received for Christmas, and getting the book, "Rustic European Breads for your Bread Machine". It's been a lot of fun & I'm interested in learning more.
Here's my first attempt - the bread kind of split & bulged out on the side, and the other side got a little too brown. It tasted great, though. Hopefully the more I bake these styles of breads, the better I'll get at it.