This book is AWESOME. Bread-making was a ritual in my family when I was growing up, passed down from my grandmother to my father and on to us kids. Weekends my Mom worked and Dad kept us entertained baking bread--proofing the yeast, kneading the dough, watching it rise, punching it down, forming the loaves--it took almost a whole day, but when it was finally pulled out of the oven, heaven! Well, when my Dad got one of the first bread machines years ago, I followed suit, but have always been disappointed with the results ... until the arrival of this book. It is the first time that I've gotten real bread results from my bread machine. Soft, fragrant, well-risen and bread that lasts for more than a day. Not to mention all the whole wheat and whole grain recipes. I live in Italy, and was worried about the gluten issue (really a must to get the best results), but then I found it on an organic flour website, along with all the other flours mentioned in the book, so even that has not been a problem. If you have problems finding gluten, try a health food store--vegans use it to create a protein substitute.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you love bread, you will not be disappointed.