It's not the bread itself - I love the sour flavor and the textural juxtaposition of the crispy exterior and chewy center.
What bothers me is paying about $3 for something I've always wanted to learn to make at home.
So when I read Cammie Winston's e-mail about an upcoming bread baking class, my pulse quickened.
Winston will be leading "Sourdough Bread 101" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Culinary Kitchen at East Bay Restaurant and Kitchen Supply in Sacramento.
For $75, you'll get your own starter in a glass jar, learn how to take care of it, grow it and make sourdough bread out of it. Participants also will bake a batch of sourdough baguettes during class to bring home.
Call Winston at (916) 956-2466 for reservations.
Other classes coming in May and June include Mother's Day cupcakes, Parisian macaroons, "A Sourdough Breakfast," Fourth of July cookies and artisan pizza.
If you're interested in baking sourdough bread but don't have $75 to plunk down, check out this step-by-step post from Blair Robertson, the Bee's dining critic and resident bread baker.