Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Lois Clary is in IT and she has recently moved to San Francisco to join a robotics company. She has not made any friends in her new neighbourhood as she codes all day and collapses at night.
Her human contact is limited to the corner shop which is run by two brothers. Lois phones every night and orders dinner to be delivered – especially their specialty spicy soup and bread.
One day the brothers suddenly close up shop. But they make one last delivery to Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive: feed it every day, play it music and learn to bake with it.
Lois has never baked but with some research and trial and error she is soon eating her own homemade bread. It’s so good that she eventually ends up making enough loaves to supply her company’s cafeteria. Through this her world is opened up to the farmer’s market and the close-knit club who decides who may sell there.
This is a wonderfully aromatic book which fuses technology with food.