In a recent post, I mentioned that the key to cooking tofu well is to prepare it properly. There's an excellent tutorial titled "How to Make Tofu Really Freaking Delicious" over at Herbavoracious. I haven't tried the salted water method myself (and I certainly don't buy my tofu from a specialty store), but I think Michael's explanation is simple, helpful, and worthwhile. Definitely check it out if you're still hesitant to try making tofu at home. If you follow his instructions, you'll be just fine!