Sourdough, by Robin Sloan
I’m recommending my second book about microorganisms for 2017. This time, those organisms are in the bread that Lois Clary bakes, with a robot arm. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
These organisms, called a starter, are given to her by two mysterious guys who run a sandwich shop near her apartment. The starter is used to create the sourdough bread that she loves so much. The starter is also temperamental, preferring melancholy music and creating odd faces in the crust of the finished loaves. Lois must keep the starter alive even while others want to harness its powers to develop lab-grown food. I enjoyed this quirky, contemporary novel; it’s perfect as an audio book. (The reader is top-notch!) I advise not to read Sourdough on an empty stomach.
Four hearts for this one: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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