Cookbook: Bread Revolution by Peter Reinhart
Overall impression: This is the book you need if you want to take your bread baking to the next level. It is not an easy book, but it really will change the way you understand everything about food, flour, and the art and science of baking bread.
There is something truly therapeutic about baking your own bread. I have only been really learning to do it the past three years or so, and it is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Now that the holiday madness is over, I like nothing better than to bake, filling the kitchen with the yeasty, homey smell of fresh baked bread.