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Hi there!

NFT is now the word of the year. NFTs, as in non-fungible-token, are unique and non-interchangeable unit of data, stored somewhere safe. Let's understand it better with the help of The Verge:
NFTs can really be anything digital (such as drawings, music, your brain downloaded and turned into an AI), but a lot of the current excitement is around using the tech to sell digital art. 
The idea is that with this kind of "smart contract" you earn royalties every time your sold NFT changes hands. 

Will recipes and food experiences be sold and bought as NFTs? Apparently, they are already: you have companies promising to bring you "from the Butcher Block to the Blockchain", Pizza Hut started selling pizza .jpgs, we have NFT virtual dining experiences and God knows what else. 

That made me think about whether this idea of owning something is fit for the food world. I understand it can be good for business: like being a partner of a famous chef or investing in a profitable company. But isn't sharing a better verb when we talk about food? Aren't a recipe, a dinner, a preparation born to be enjoyed by people and not owned by one human and his bitcoins?

Piero

PS: we'll talk more about that, but if you think I'm missing the point, please reply to his email. 

PPS: Evan Bleier defines NFTs "as worthless as a one-legged person at an ass-kicking contest". 

Picture: Fast Food Meebits #905; Owned by spacepunk001. It's about 120k worth. 
TODAY'S QUOTE
Somewhere between lies and truth lies the truth.
→  Damien Hirst, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (year 2017)
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
EAT MORE KOREAN
Minari is a poetic movie about a Korean family struggling in the rural United States during the 1980s. 

Naomi Otsu is a talented illustrator (I mean, she has illustrated the Instagram stickers too!), and she's so good with food. 

Now you can have for free the best of both worlds: Minari family recipe cards (★recipes) by Naomi Otsu, courtesy of A24 films (disclaimer: you have to subscribe to their newsletter, but you can always cancel later). And remember: Kimbap, Never “Korean Sushi”.
A BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS

The Spiritual Ecology of Black Food
★★★1/2

This one is everywhere, but it's one of the best books you could get (or give as a gift) this Christmas. It's artsy, it's informed and it's yummy: try this Cinnamon-Roll Pound Cake (★recipe). You'll be amazed how the African Diaspora shaped our food culture. And the book includes... "a signature musical playlist curated by Bryant".

Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora by Bryant Terry
→ Shortplot: ✊🏾 🍚 🖤 🎶
RANDOM ACTS OF HUNGER
This is a space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🥬 The craziest adv for pushing Thai people to consume seasonal vegetables - featuring pink puke 🥚Not an eggnog fan, but here you have 5 eggnog variations to eat and drink (★recipe) plus, a creamy vegan version (★recipe) 🥯 Cream Cheese Shortage Is Affecting N.Y.C. Bagel Shops, and cupcake frosting as well I suppose 🍰 Bill Clark's Peppermint Stick Snack Cake with Marshmallow Buttercream is something (★recipe) 🐝 Welcome to Kenya, where ‘Bee Fences’ protect farmers from elephants, and vice versa 📸 A photo essay by Gary He in four New York restaurants throughout the pandemic 🧠 The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk is the most mentioned book this year on Reddit 🍹Have you ever tried Cynar Spritz? (★recipe) 🍞 By the time this video is over, you'll be mad at your toaster 😂 The Tears of Joy is the most used emoji of the year, followed by ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 😊
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Lori Dajose / CalTech
You already knew you could eat it, maybe you want to know how its mind works. Well, it's not a mind. 
Annelise Jolley / The Atavist Magazine
Food and death have a long relationship. In Sinaloa, Mexico, women recover the bodies of missing loved ones and cook to keep their memories of the dead alive. Spanish version here.
SEASON 2 - ISSUE 58
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