This is by far the easiest way to do it!I used to make bread by hand. Then I had a baby and I bought a bread machine. But bread machines have some major limitations. I was very interested in being able to make bread "by hand" but without all the labor. This is by far the easiest method I've tried. The bread tastes fantastic, there are lots of options, and folks are always impressed w/ the end product.I've tested out about 4 of the recipes so far from this book and it lets me make whole wheat bread without special equipment. I love this, and will recommend it to anyone I know who is interesting in learning to make bread.