Sourdough by Robin Sloan is the perfect blend of culinary secrets and technological experiments, filled with excitement and drama.
Now burdened with the task of baking the perfect loaf, Lois builds an oven and teaches herself to bake. The secret recipe they left her with is amazing and she begins selling the beautiful and tasty loaves to her company’s caterer, who encourages Lois to sell at the farmer’s market. Working at the robotics company by day and baking at night, she has little sleep, but is energized by the spirit of her work.
The popular farmer’s market does not accept her but she is welcome at the mysterious underground market where food is being improved with technology, and unique and unusual products are being developed and sold. Lois uses her engineering prowess to take on the job of programming the robotic arm to crack eggs, a challenging task, per the request of the market’s sinister leader, so the arm can assist her in the baking process. Her love of baking and feeding people who enjoy her sourdough bread is overwhelmingly fulfilling and she leaves her programming job to bake full time.
This book was charming and fun, with several chapters devoted to The Lois Club, a club Lois was a member of where she attends meetings with other Lois’s in her neighborhood. Working long hours and baking bread at night, Lois didn’t have much time to develop friendships so this group of women were her support. Loved Robin Sloan’s quirky characters, the story of Lois and the inherited sourdough recipe and enjoyed the fast pace and charm!
I’m probably not going to start baking bread any time soon, although a loaf of warm sourdough with salted butter would be delicious…but having so many friends already with my same name, I am tempted to start a Jennifer Club!
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