I make the homemade bread at our house. When the bread machine stopped working, I decide to just make bread the old-fashioned way instead of buying a new bread machine. The Tassajara Bread Book is one I remember fondly from my misspent youth when I used to make bread from scratch. I bought the new version of the book and jumped right back in to bread-making.
Brown treats the process of making bread with an appreciation and respect that is fun to see, yet encourages experimentation and variety. His book takes you through the process from start to finish so that you have confidence, even if you are new to breadmaking.