This is a serious work. It covers virtually every aspect of baking bread, but despite what other reviewers have said, it certainly doesn't leave out the home baker. Each recipe has a home baker version and all are carefully laid out with great attention to detail. What's more, they actually do the business!
My first effort was with the ciabatta with a poolish starter... and it worked. Wow! That's all I'm after, a good read (some lovely asides in here, things that make you chuckle to yourself... descriptions of bakers "running for the hills" because ciabatta dough is so wet and difficult to handle) and a reliable recipe bank.
There's loads to read and it's all written in a friendly but professional way that fully immerses you in the process. This is a definitive work in my opinion. I have a lot of books about bread (many by Peter Reinhart, Ed Wood etc) but this for me is the best. If I had to keep just two books on bread making it would be this and Joe Ortiz's 'The Village Baker'.
If you are an artisan baker, high street pro looking to create new loaves, a newbie home baker or just someone with a passion for real, flavourful bread, this is the book for you.
I heartily recommend this modern masterpiece. It's beautifully designed (I'm a graphic designer myself) and illustrated. It feels great with the matt/craft paper and... it's just a wonderful book. Buy it now!