And for fun, here are
1. Flour: 50 cents per pound. Decent bread: $2/lb or more.
2. The joy of seeing that flour come together under your hands to pass the windowpane test.
3. The joy of realizing that, for about fifty cents per pound, you're beating Panera on taste.
4. The fact that bread represents our daily need and also the body of Christ.
5. Kneading is great exercise.
6. The buttery smell of a pate' fermentee after it's risen, especially from sourdough/wild yeast.
7. The whoosh of steam rising from the 12" iron skillet you put in the bottom of the oven to bake properly at 500F.
8. The fun of trying out new grains and methods for squeezing the most out of that grain.
10. European friends asking you "where did you buy that?"
11. Realizing that a key ingredient to good bread--diastatic malt--is also a key ingredient for brewing and wondering whether one ought to take up that hobby, too.