One of the things I like most about bread is its flexibility: you can bake simple every day loaves using almost no equipment. I have baked flatbreads on a barbecue using nothing but a cast iron pan and a bowl for mixing the ingredients (see our Summer 2014 issue for the full story). I have also mixed doughs with nothing but a bowl and my hands — I don’t think I even had a spoon to mix the ingredients! This is great when you are just getting started with bread (you don’t need to go shopping for tools to give bread making a shot) or when the bread making itch gets to you in a time and place where you don’t have your tools with you. But once you go deeper and start looking for the perfect crust and crumb, having the correct set of basic tools makes all the difference. While most of us will not get to bake in a real bakery oven, there are many tools you can have in your home kitchen that will bring your bread making to the next level. This is why today, I have collected a list of all the bread making equipment I use in my every day baking as I strive to make great bread. If you have been baking bread for a while, you probably already have most or all of these tools in your inventory, but if you are just getting started, start going through the list from the top, adding tools to your inventory one by one as you progress in your craft.