Ahoy there me mateys! This story is about sourdough bread, robots, and a quirky girl named Lois. This book made me long for fresh baked bread to eat while I read. It is a contemporary with a blend of sci-fi and magical realism and fantasy mixed in very subtlety. It kinda defies adequate explanation. The simple version is that a woman named Lois who works as a programmer is given a bread “starter” and learns to bake sourdough thus changing her life forever. That seems like it could be boring but it is not. The book feels lighthearted and yet has dense ideas underneath. It was fast paced and a delight. I read it in one sitting. I loved Lois. I loved the starter. I loved the book. Try it. Just be prepared for it to make yer belly rumble.
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Stephanie @ adventuresofabibliophile – who introduced me to this one! Thanks matey!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show.
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?
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