Many years ago, my sister brought me a cup of sourdough bread starter with instructions for its care and feeding. For the next three or four years I churned out countless loaves of sourdough and nary a loaf of the store-bought variety darkened my door. What I didn't eat (I was single at the time, living alone with my cat) went to my parents, to work, became a gift, or occasionally I had to pour out the required cup due to lack of time or just too many loaves already in the freezer. Eventually, the starter gave up the ghost and I was back to buying my weekly supply.
Although I still have the original instructions they don't tell how to make the starter, so while prowling through my clipping stash the other day I found a recipe for the actual sourdough starter.