It's great to have an automatic or semi-automatic bread making machine at home. You can make your own bread according to your specifications....no salt....no sugar....you can choose the flour you want etc. Needless to say it takes some experimentation to do so. You must have the patience and time, these are two things I have plenty of. I bought myself a bread making machine which has its book of recipes but I had to do some changes.... I am now presenting you with a "Fait Accompli" just in case you a bread machine. By the way it is a De Longhi which can be switched to a mini oven when needed.