So very happy to find this recipe again! I, too, made the starter in 1973, and kept it going for many years. One of my family's favorites was sourdough English muffins. Eating lunch out today, I tasted some excellent sourdough bread, and suddenly the memories came back. Now I'm off to the kitchen to create another batch of starter. Thank you to Sunset and these reviewers for making this possible!
I too started using this recipe in 1973. We moved to Japan (Air Force) and I smuggled a cup of the starter in my purse. It makes the best sourdough bread and competes equally with what you can buy in San Francisco. Couldn't live without it - I use it in everyday baking also.
This starter was originally published by Sunset in 1973. I made it a few months later, the year my first daughter was born. The batch is still going strong 34 years later and my family has enjoyed many, many sourdough loaves from it, and even more sourdough pancakes. My daughters now keep their portions going while baking for their husbands. What a wonderful legacy to hand down.