I just wanted to post a link to a fast and easy recipe for making artisan bread. I am in the midst of trying this and there is also information on the cookbooks by these two authors. They are responsive to any questions people post on their blog. I was amazed at how easy and quick this method is, considering that usually to get these type of results, one must invest a lot of time feeding a starter, kneading dough, letting it rise, etc. These authors, however, have managed to develop a no-knead method of artisan breadmaking that one can make at home for pennies a loaf- compared to the $4-6/loaf in the bakery or grocery store, and people can do it even with a busy schedule. The idea is that you make up a wet dough mixture that is stored in the refrigerator and then you use it little by little to make/shape dough balls or put in pans and later bake. It takes just about 5 minutes to prepare a loaf for the oven, although there is a rest time before baking. The flavor of artisan bread is amazing, wonderful with soups/stews, chowders, for pizzas and even has been made into many other baked good like doughnuts, sweet dough items and the list goes on. The is the traditional kind of bread brought over from the immigrants from all over Europe where people have typically eaten various types of this kind of bread for generations.
This is the link http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/?p=1616 or you can go to the homepage at http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/
Have fun and happy baking!