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 neighbourhood hole-in-the-wall takeaway, 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 which traders can sell what and where, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fusse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?
'Delicious fun... A novel as oddly delectable as its namesake. My only mild disappointment was that I couldn't eat my copy.' - Washington Post
'A plot that makes the book a page-turner and a laugh-out-louder, with sweetness and romance and tartness and irony in perfect balance. What a great book, seriously.' - Cory Doctorow
AUTHOR: Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and has worked at Poynter, Current TV and Twitter in jobs that have generally had 'something to do with figuring out the future of media'. He has previously published short fiction in Kindle-only editions (Mr Penumbra started out as a 6000-word ebook). He lives in San Francisco. www.robinsloan.com / @robinsloan