Years ago, some irrelevant person told my wife she wasn’t the sort of person who should own a bread maker. Today, that person is even more irrelevant as we just purchased one from Amazon.com.
The key factor--the local bakery that sells high-quality sourdough bread (the only kind suitable for diabetics) has been slipping since a change in ownership; we suspect they are near death. So, we went to Epinions, found one everyone raves about, and a few clicks later, the bread maker is on the way. I see Atkins makes a sourdough mix for bread makers. Cool. The mind boggles at the odd “stuff” we’ll add such as toasted fennel seeds, rosemary (which grows abundantly in our yard) and other assorted herbal concoctions.