by Robin Sloan
Lois is a computer programmer who is gifted a sourdough starter by her favorite food delivery service. Lois learns to bake, and makes amazing sourdough bread with this starter. The sourdough is so good, she finds herself able to sell it. She checks out the farmers markets, and gets involved with a secret market that is preparing to open in town. Also, the sourdough is high maintenance… and really likes music.
Lois is a smart young woman recruited by a tech company in San Francisco. She takes the job, moving from Michigan, so she’s new in town and doesn’t know anyone. Reading about her desire to get out and be more adventurous with her life made her feel very real. Once she had the sourdough starter and started baking bread, she found a way to put herself out there. She’s a likable character. Really, everyone in the book was a likable character.
This book combines technology and geeks with food and foodies. The secret market is a group of people that are working to revolutionize the food market. They all use new methods and technologies to produce their products.
An easy reading, fun, and magical read.