GREAT BREAD and it's so simple to make . . . just takes some advance planning. Note that the time to prepare includes rising/fermenting time. The only special equipment needed is a large covered pot to bake the bread in. I've tried several methods to bake; both cast-iron and cast-aluminum 4 qt. dutch ovens as well as used my Romertopf Clay Baker and the results were magnificent. Another great Cook's Illustrated recipe!