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  •  When I went to the San Francisco Baking (26+ / 0-)

    Institute for two Artisan Bread Classes (one on Sourdoughs) they said that a "transplanted" starter would remain faithful to it's original flavor profile for about 5-7 days, then the local Lactobacillus which gives it the sourdough flavor would take over the starter and that's what you'd have.

    The San Francisco version is Lactobacillus Sanfranciscii according to what they told us, and is native to the Bay Area.  Your own may be just as flavorful, and it's worth cultivating a local starter to see what you get.  

    Some great references on artisan baking, which include sourdough recipes are "The Bread Baker's Apprentice" by Peter Reinhart and Ron Manville and "The Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  Both are fantastic books, and will aid you in baking both technically as well as giving you inspiration for creating your own formulas/recipes.  I have used Berenbaum's book extensively and have met Peter Reinhart (he turned me on to SFBI).  Reinhart's "Crust and Crumb" has also gotten great reviews, but I have not read/used it yet.  

    Bake Away! There's nothing like the satisfaction of creating a great loaf of bread out of nothing but flour, water, yeast, and salt.  

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    by jo fish on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 11:59:26 AM PST

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    •  I would recommend "Local Breads" (2+ / 0-)
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      ichibon, dewtx

      by Daniel Leader as the best cookbook I've seen so far in discussing sourdoughs and the breads you can bake with them.

      It's basically a treatise on a whole bunch of breads from all over Europe...really interesting, well written, and useful.

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