This book comes highly recommended, as this is my only bread book. I have not found the need to refer to other books. The collection of recipes and the tips for baking bread have been quite complete. I have tested a lot of the recipes, and most of them have come out excellent.
I have had to warn those who have borrowed this book to reduce the salt. On his own admission, James Beard seems to like his bread salty.
Despite this however, it is a truly comprehensive book. And yes, it does tell you very nicely that each time you bake bread it almost always comes out different. Beard actually encourages you to try his recipes to find them out yourself. I have, and I am happy I have this book!