You don't need the manual if you read the excellent instructions at the following website about using a bread machine when you don't have the manual. It even includes great recipes. And you can find many more recipes if you search online. That's what I did, and I've been making bread ever since. It's easy. By the way, the Chefmate 725k holds 16 cups of water which means that it should make a 2.5 lb loaf of bread.