Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Delicious. Hot. Bread. It is the stuff my dreams are made of. So when I read the synopsis of Sloan's novel, Sourdough, I knew I had to read it… and it did not disappoint. Sourdough is the story of Lois Clary, a coder at a massive robotics company who works ridiculously long hours and has zero social life. The only people she has regular contact with are two brothers who run the local neighborhood restaurant and deliver her dinner every evening. When the brothers face Visa problems and are forced to leave the country, they end up on Lois’s doorstep one last time, entrusting her with their precious sourdough starter, begging her to keep it for them and bake with it.
Lois has never baked a day in her life but she soon discovers the starter seems to have a life of its own. And the bread she creates from it is DELICIOUS. She finds herself selling her loaves to friends, the cafeteria at her robotics company and then branching out to local farmers markets. A whole new world is opening up to Lois and she must decide what it is that she wants to do. This book was just a pure unexpected delight for me. I loved everything about it. It was definitely a more unconventional story, (there are baking robot arms, competitive chefs, eccentric foodies, and a sourdough starter that is very much “alive”), and I absolutely adored every part of it. If you are a believer in comfort food or chasing your dreams to do what brings you joy, then this is a must read for you. 4.5 charming stars. Many thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for an arc in exchange for my honest review.