So I've finally reached a point of frustration with my bread. I can make tasty flavors, but textures? They're all kinda... sandwichy. You know -- even crumbles throughout, with now real elasticity and certainly none of the great air bubbles you get in artisan breads. So I decided to Ask Metafilter what I could do to improve things, and received some excellent responses.
The missus used that info to get me a terrific present for my birthday: The Bread Baker's Apprentice. I'm hoping this takes my bread baking skills to the next level. Will update you on my progress sometime in my next post, which at my current posting rate will probably be in mid-2010.