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Summer Reading 2021: Sourdough

Why Sylvia picked Sourdough

Robin Sloan's lighthearted Sourdough captures San Francisco from the perspective of Lois, a programmer-turned-baker, as she navigates through viciously competitive farmer's markets, debugging her code, and the goats on Alameda. It's based locally, so Sourdough will bring you to Bay Area Landmarks and ridiculous Bay Area stories.

So if you're looking for a fun read this summer, Sourdough is here for you!

About Sourdough

by Robin Sloan


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 neighborhood hole-in-the-wall 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 who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly? - Goodreads


[How do you make sourdough starter? Check out the video below!]

A cool guide to making sourdough starter!

About the reader

  Sylvia Hoyt, Library Leaders

This is Sylvia's first summer read selection!