This book was a delightful surprise. I knew absolutely nothing about it when I started it, and even once I was well into it I had no idea where it was going. It has a fairy-tale-like quality to it at the start, and then there’s a touch of Goblin Market, and then a hint of The Grapes of Wrath, and there’s some critique of the California food scene, and there’s lots of stuff about robots and, well, sourdough. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the characters, and it just generally put a smile on my face. It’s a charming book.