Robin Sloan's second novel, Sourdough, is the charming and somewhat nerdy story of Lois Clary, a young robotics engineer, and the two immigrant brothers who run her favorite takeout restaurant. When the brothers are deported, Lois receives their sourdough starter as a gift (because she is their number one eater) and sets off on an adventure of baking bread that involves robots, books and a secret society of hipster foodies. Sloan uses food to explore the boundary between science and art, human and machine. Read this when you are in the mood for a novel steeped in whimsy and philosophy. It is a meditation of sorts on authenticity and happiness. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Best paired with spicy soup and a slab of sourdough bread slathered with butter and glittering with a crust of flaky salt.