A couple months ago, I decided to branch out and try my hand at sour dough. After a couple false starts, I made myself a starter. It's been OK, but "self taught by an idiot" and all that. I've made my share of mistakes. Yes, you can order a start (Carls), get a start from a start, or make your own very high quality starter, which it turns out, is easier to do than you might think. But as with most things like this, there is a lot of voodoo, hoodoo and all kinds of doo. But start digging and you will find it's no great mystery. If you have a notion to try this, like I did, and want to make your own high quality starter, go here: http://yumarama.com/blog/968/starter...scratch-intro/ Follow along just as he shows you, and it will work.