Mild spoilers for Neal Stephenson's Anathem:
When Erasmas is quarantined on first arriving at the Convox, he says "They’d provided me with everything I needed to make bread". But how is this possible? Dried yeast is an industrial product that's surely not available in a concent, and even if it was available at the Convox (there were Saecular foodstuffs in his trailer), Erasmas wouldn't know how to use it. The avout would bake their bread the mediaeval way, using some of yesterday's dough as a starter for today's bread. You can't just leave it lying around in a trailer module in the same way as you can with flour and salt.