Author: Robin Sloan
Publish Date: September 5, 2017
My Rating: 4/5
Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her—feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a whole new world opens up.
When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?
Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.
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.