I find sourdough a fascinating topic of study. But it hasn't always been so. When I first tried my hand at sourdough I was a little intimidated, mostly because it went against my upbringing which had drilled into me a deep fear of anything that had been left out of the refrigerator too long. Chalk it up to too many close encounters with fermented potato salads at family reunions. Leaving a wet flour mixture to ferment for days in the open air screams danger to me. And the rank smell doesn't help.
However after making a couple sourdough starters from Peter Reinhart's book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice, my fears subsided and my fascination started. Which is when I discovered Northwest Sourdough, a site dedicated to the exploring of making authentic, professional quality sourdough at home. Teresa has a lot of great stuff on her site. One pleasant surprise that I found today is she has published her book Discovering Sourdough: Professional sourdough breads baked at home using only the wild yeast in PDF format. After reading the first few pages, I can already see this will be a great book to take my sourdough experience to the next level. Check it out if you're interested in learning more about sourdough.