I searched for years to find a way to make good "old world" style bread at home and have finally found a guide to get me there. It's not the oven, it's not some super-d-duper flour. What it takes is understanding, attention to detail, and time. This book will give you the understanding necessary to get a good loaf. The author dedicates about 60 pages, going through every phase, to the first recipe!). If you are serious about your bread this is a terrific place to start or end your search!