I cannot say enough good things about this book. I was worried that the starter that she descibes in such detail would be beyond my capabilities, but it grew beautifully on the first attempt. I have been making bread from her recipes for months now, and I have not been let down once. Nancy Silverton is the best when it comes to descibing how to make great bread. I haven't even opened another cookbook in my extensive library of bread cookbooks since I got hers. Don't be intimidated by the time that is involved, it's worth every minute.