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Sourdough [9781786494382]

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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
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Robin Sloan
Publisher:
Atlantic Books
Publication:
04-Jan-2018
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Pages:
272
Weight:
300 Grams
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    A savoury treat

    Posted by busylizzie on 5th Jan 2018

    Sourdough is another light-hearted and entertaining read from the author of Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Whereas the latter explored the tensions between lovers of modern technology and traditional books, Sourdough plays with ideas about old and new methods of food production and preparation.
    It is very much a fairy-tale set in San Francisco with its booming IT and foodie sectors. Here the appealing heroine is presented with a lively sourdough starter that may just be the means of releasing her from her stressful IT job to find a life she loves, though not quite in the way you might imagine.
    Her offbeat adventures and encounters with an array of quirky and often sympathetic characters make this uplifting and enjoyable.


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