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Secret Breakfast

An exclusive newsletter, the best place to have your skin dry and oily at the same time while wondering: is “vabbing” something for me?
Hi there!

Do you like lists? Look at this one:

🇺🇸 Sriracha
🇬🇧 Butter
🇫🇷 Mustard
🇱🇧 Bread
🇵🇰 Tea
🇦🇺 Eggs
🇸🇴 Grain 
🇯🇵 Soba Noodles

These are eight countries' popular foods that are in short supply right now. The causes are different: drought and extreme weather are impacting chili pepper and mustard seeds crops; chronic shortage of suitably-qualified farmworkers is melting British butter; low foreign currency reserves are killing Pakistan's will to buy tea abroad. 

In Pakistan, the government asked people to reduce their tea drinking by one or two cups a day. They call it "austeri-tea", it sounds fun but it's not. 

Climate change, the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, and bad policies are already changing our daily menu, day by day, everywhere.

It's not the first time I write about that, but maybe in the future, we'll need to share more food-conscious ideas, even in this newsletter, of course. 


Photo by Swastik Arora 
→  Jeremy Allen White, The Bear, but also an excuse to tell you that the show's decadent chocolate cake is now for sale in Chicago. It reminded me of this one (★recipe)
Iliana Regan wrote one of the best food memoirs I've ever read: Burn the Place. She's fluent in foraging and fermentation, proving bread, and mixing food traditions. She cooks with Mother Earth in mind. She's fire. 

Now Eater celebrates her with this long-form about her talent to cook fanfiction, recreating dishes from popular media like Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, or Twin Peaks.

Words by Rachel P. Kreiter. Don't miss it. 
Make room for some extra good

There is not a garlic emoji, a Za'atar emoji, not even a tahini emoji. There is not an extra-butter emoji, a ginger emoji, or a tiny shallot emoji. 
All those things missing make me happy because the flavor-packed universe of Yotam Ottolenghi Test Kitchen is still human enough. It's real enough. You have to want it. You can't mine it like a Bitcoin, you have to burn the eggplants over the fire, use a ton of spicy things, and eat twice: first with the sense of smell, then on your plate. Book will be out in end-of-September (UK) and mid-October (US). It's Christmas, folks. 

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi
→ Shortplot:
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This is the space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🍪The Reddit thread you want to follow: the man who wanted to bake better chocolate chip cookies than his wife (★one of the suggested recipes) and got hundreds of answers 📸Who Is Mario Carbone? Meet Every Celebrity’s Favorite Chef 😓This Summer Dinner Party Menu Will Keep Your Kitchen Cool (★recipes) 💧This might compromise your appetite, but we also talk about scents, then we have to talk about the “Vabbing” trend 👻The problem with shaming white people food as tasteless 🕴🏻Men have fewer friends than ever, and it’s harming their health 🌶Filfel Chuma is Your New Go-To Jewish-Lybian Spicy Condiment (★recipe) 🤖DeepMind has predicted the structure of almost every protein known to science🍦Ben & Jerry's most famous political ice cream flavors
Classical Damn on Instagram (original by God art of memes?)
Alisha Sawhney / The Walrus
A great story about Millennials' idea (and use) of free time. Takeout #1: now hobbies are not what they used to be. Takeout #2: Cooking does not figure as a hobby. 
Benji Jones  /
PFAS isa the short for "per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances" and it means they're a large group of chemicals that make certain products nonstick or stain resistant. Good! Well, not exactly, because they can really arm us (and you should know that if you've ever watched that movie with Mark Ruffalo). This is definitely something we eat and drink all day. 
Allie Jones / The New York Times
Meet Khristianne Uy, aka Chef K. And think about her job: cooking and respecting the Kardashian's dietary restrictions. "Scott: no dairy; Kourtney: depends on what the doctor says — no eggs, vegan now, no sweet potatoes, no gluten. Khloe: chicken, only white meat. Kendall: nothing spicy. Kim: no cilantro. Kylie: soup all the time". 
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