When I was a child in the '50s my Mother baked many kinds of bread. But like many young men of that era I had no interest in learning at an expert's elbow, sad to say. (Sorry Mom!)
Leap forward to the '70s and I was a freelance photographer on assignment in Washington, DC shooting 110 television commercials for a New York advertising agency. I rented a room in a friend's house in Silver Spring, Maryland for a couple months and had many evenings off. I decided it was time to learn to bake bread especially since I had access to my friend's fully-equipped kitchen.
James Beard's book "Beard on Bread" teaches you step by step how to bake bread. Mr. Beard teaches you the proper way to do each step such as how to proof yeast so you know it's good prior to putting it in the mix. He starts off by showing you how to bake the most basic "goof-proof" plain white loaf then progresses you to whole wheat breads then muffins and quick breads and much more. Once you have built up your confidence Mr. Beard shows you how to make really fancy breads such as the traditional Jewish egg bread (Challah) or Irish Soda Bread and many others.
So if you ever wanted to learn to bake bread, let James Beard take you by the hand and show you how just like my Mom would have.
Atlanta, Georgia USA