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Hi there! Who wants some guilt for breakfast?

Almost every week the food world has to pass an examination of conscience (read the apple pie article at the end of this newsletter ↓↓).

A few years ago a capable chef had to show he could make an omelet right; now he needs a master's degree in social studies and a cultural appropriation sixth sense. F**k that soggy eggs!

I wonder if Carl Casper, in 2021, could still have a food truck serving "Cubanos" (★recipe) in Miami and beignets (★recipe) in New Orleans. I bet he couldn't, and he's a fictional chef!

So, I'll make mine the words of Casey Wilson: «I decided I’m sick of the shame. I’m going to own it. This is me coming clean: I take my coffee with one and a half Splendas. AND I REFUSE TO APOLOGIZE».

(I don't have my coffee so sweetened, tbh).

That said, the relationship between food and oppression must be recognized, analyzed, and overcome.

And here comes Greta Thunberg. She's fantastic. She gave this world a green conscience. Now she blamed the G7 people for «presenting their empty climate commitments and repeating old unfulfilled promises».

Then she accused those powerful people of «steak-and-lobster-BBQ-celebration». She's referring to the barbecue on Carbis Bay's beach on Saturday: scallops, Curgurrell crab claws, and Portscatho mackerel followed by sirloin and Newlyn lobster, all catered by Simon Stallard.

Hey, there's no shame in sharing a table, no shame in knowing land and its food, no shame in sitting down, eating together and making powerful people human again.

Hopefully, humanity's what will save us. All the rest might be just guilty smoke.


PS: my answer to shame is filling this issue with the highest number of recipe links per newsletter ever recorded. Follow the

PPS: don't worry too much about the carbon footprint of this newsletter.

Illustration: Fábio Boehl
Like Alison Roman would say: if you’ve found your way over by some miracle but are not yet subscribed, here, let me help you with that.
Never make decisions out of fear. Only out of spite. 
→  Kaz Brekker, Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo (🇮🇹 Italian edition)
_1._ The pandemic forced us into our homes, working, proving bread and zooming people. Now everybody has plans. Each day you see your people having fun. Often they're having fun without you. There it is: the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is here again. Do you know what I mean?

_2._ Did you know that Jessica Natali, that skilled Italian girl from noma and Inua, is now leading an omakase* place in Copenhagen? Its name is Kōnā, can't wait to try that.

_3._ Did you know that you can make fish with tofu and call it Tofish? (★recipe)

*Omakase (お任せ) is one of the best Japanese word. When you order, you say to the chef "I'll leave it up to you". I had so many gifts in this life by just saying "Omakase".

Let's get lost in Tokyo before the Olympic Games

There's no place like Japan. And there is nothing like Japanese storefronts. This book is a great way to get lost in a world of details, dreaming about your next adventure. This animated gif will help you make up your mind.

Tokyo Storefronts by Mateusz Urbanowicz (🇮🇹 Italian edition)
→ Shortplot: 🇯🇵🏯🍜🖌
This is a space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🍓 Vertically farmed strawberries are $ 6.25 apiece... 🥧...But don't use them for this decadent strawberry shortcake cobbler (★recipe)  ☕️Real coffee snobs are traveling again and they need the ultimate hotel room coffee making guide (bookmark this and have gifts ready for Xmas) 🏳️‍🌈 Eater's Queer Table is a great idea 🌯 Have you already tried the TikTok Tortilla Wrap Hack? (★recipe) 🍚 Pic-nic time: go with this refreshing Baked Minty Rice with Feta and Pomegranate Relish (★recipe) 🇬🇧 Ten cooks (and ten books) who changed the way British eat. Or, as I see it: Fergus, Nigella, Yotam, Nigel, and other six guys. 🌚 Try this: night proving Waffle batter aka Marion Cunningham Immortal Waffle (★recipe)
Anahad O’Connor / The New York Times
Are the foods you eat affecting how well you sleep? Or are your sleep patterns affecting your dietary choices? I'm afraid it is a vicious circle. Read more in this updated feature.
Raj Patel / The Guardian
Apples. Sugar. The gingham pattern on the crust. Everything in an apple pie - the most American of pies - is hiding a slavery tale. Or, as Raj Patel puts it: "The bloody and international origins of the apple pie are subject to a collective amnesia". Discuss.
Jonathan Lee / Granta
In the world of literary incipit nothing will ever beat Mr. Kafka's The Metamorphosis: "One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug". Don't you agree? Well, reply to this email, and let me know your fav. Or just read these notes on craft by Jonathan Lee.
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