One day, I gave a friend some tomato plants that I had recently started. She, in return surprised me with a beautiful loaf of sourdough bread and some really great, sourdough starter. My husband and I ate soup and fresh buttered bread for dinner that night. (The kind of meal where butter drips down your chin and you lick your fingers.) I was hooked! I had to learn more about how to maintain my starter and how to make delicious, home-made, sourdough bread. I had been thinking about it for years, wanting to try, but oh, it looked so complicated. I chickened out every time.