Don't judge a book by its cover, but how can I not fall in love with the book jacket cover of a floating sourdough loaf above the skyline of San Francisco? Sourdough, written by Robin Sloane, is a weird, funny story of a burnt out techie living in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco and her unexpected shift into becoming a bread baker. This new job change shifts her life drastically, giving her purpose and joy, something that resonates with me in my own life actually, but enough about me, let's talk about this bread book that is not a cookbook!! If you are at all familiar with the Bay Area food scene and celebrities (here's looking at you, Alice Waters), this hysterical, fast-moving piece of fiction is a hoot and a half. Maybe it's from living in the Bay Area that it's extra fun to figure out the people and places Sloane bases his story on. Honestly, even if you don't know about Bay Area food icons, this is still a fantastically enjoyable read, making you root for Lois the whole way through. The narration is fun as it alternates between the perspective of Lois and emails from Beo, the former owner of the fictitious Clement Street Soup and Sourdough, who gifted her the sourdough starter. This book is full of quirky bits, like the narrator's participation of the Lois Club, or the Hybrid Lembas ballooning into the size reminiscent of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs". One of my favorite parts was the concept of farmers and culinary artisans being placed at certain markets in a very competitive Hunger Games-style placement. Who thinks of a sourdough starter as a character in itself, that has a personality based off of music and will sing along? Who thinks of creating a cutthroat character like Charlotte Clingstone based off of a beloved Bay Area food superstar? Robin Sloane does this in Sourdough, and now I'm going to eat a piece of toast after all this talk about bread.