What happens when a software engineer at a Google-like company gets left a mysterious starter dough? She starts baking it. Robin Sloan's second novel, Sourdough, is weird. But a good weird.
It begins with Lois Clay, a young college graduate, moving out to San Francisco to take a job at General Dexterity — a company that wants to get rid of human labor. (Yes, that means robots.) She stops eating food, and starts eating nutrient gel (a real thing), and gets quite depressed. Until she discovers Clement Street Soup and Sourdough, which changes her life. Literally, the soup & sourdough changes her life. Until the brothers who run the illegal restaurant (delivery only, out of their apartment) get deported.
Aaaaaand here's where the plot begins: they leave her some of their sourdough starter. And it's magical. Kind of. She has never baked anything before, so she sets out to learn. It only grows to a special music, Lois hears it singing, and it produces the most delicious bread. It sets Lois on a path away from software engineering and into the food world, and it's enjoyable as hell. I won't spoil anything for you, just go read it.
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