To be honest, this book is perfect because the bread completely made in the breadmaker may be edible or ok but it is not half as good as true home backed bread. For delicious bread with an economy of time, most people let the machine do the first stages and finish the bread by shaping it and baking it in the oven. Not much if you come to think of it, no?
As for the wholegrain breads - I simply replace half the flour with wholegrain and add a spoonful or two of liquid (it also depends on how dry your flour is in the first place). Most people don't realize that how much they can eliminate from the recipes to make them more daily/diet like - reduce/eliminate sweets, fats, change from milk to skimmed milk, change the type of flower, add spices. Having the book offers a multitude of variations on the basic recipes presented by the author. The only problem is when you don't necessarily want a diet/daily bread recipe and you want to spoil your family or entertain - if you don't have nice rich recipes in the first place, what do you do then? Probably go buy another book. Pity, because Jenny Shapter does know how to bake good bread.
I find that after a heated conversation in the family, the delicious version of the recipes does work best to reduce conflict. It is hard to feel belligerent with a nice meal in your stomach or a delicious smell coming from the kitchen. So I end up using the original versions of the recipes more often than I imagined when I bought the book. Often love does come from the stomach after all... *wink*