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Secret Breakfast

An exclusive newsletter, the best place to start your day by setting the table, showering like a princess, and drinking Fiji water like Brad Pitt does
Hi there!

In the last two weeks, I've seen many friends enjoying true happiness.

Most of the time they fixed the moment by taking a picture and sharing. One showed a half-empty bowl of cheap crisps and a couple of improvised gin tonics poured into plastic cups. Another was bbq lamb kebabs, and good cheese cut in a very bad manner. Another one featured some sort of Southern Italian calzone laid on a very greasy paper. 

It wasn't about the food (or the beverage) at all. It was all about freedom and the reappropriation of the joy of feeling comfortable. 

Shouldn't we bring some into our lives for the coming autumn?

Piero

Photo by Karolina Grabowska
THE BEST QUOTE
→  Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children. The author was left severely injured after being stabbed on stage at an event in New York state. He has faced years of death threats for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. Iranian media have extensively commented on the attack, calling it "divine retribution".
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
YOU NEED A TABLESCAPE STRATEGY
Look at this famous picture. Then consider that there are three kinds of people in this world:

1. The ones who see two women (gross, you sexual predator!)
2. The ones who can clearly see just 13 different cakes and nothing else (I feel you...)
3. The ones who wonder who made that killer shoes (Manolo did, I think)

Number 1 and 3, you're out. The picture was in fact for group number 2, because we have to talk about tablescape.

Tablescape is the arrangement of items on a table that produces an attractive and decorative effect. Half of Pinterest is full of that and Erica Adler added what we missed in her newsletter, The Fresh Letter (this is the issue you want).

So, use your China, shop for some flowers, and dust your finest glasses. People are coming for your tablescape. 

I, my favorite tablescape right now is a Southern Shrimp Boil table. I wonder if I'll ever see one in person. 

Picture: Marie Antoinette, 2006. 
He lives in a house, a very big house in the country
★★1/2

Brian Noyes is the founder of the Red Truck Bakery in Marshall, Virginia, and this book promises to give you "95 all-new, comforting recipes celebrating ingredients and traditions from the bakery’s home on the edge of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge mountains". Comfort cooking, farmhouses, and the countryside are probably one of the best combinations to fulfill our desire to escape from city life, boxed salads, and google calendar time blocks. The book might be considered predictable (but try to nail a Virginia Peanut Pie first, ★recipe), but it states a trend. 

The Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse Cookbook by Brian Noyes
→ Shortplot:
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RANDOM ACTS OF HUNGER
This is the space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🌶Is it too hot? 15 Recipes that Use Gochujang, that nowadays is everywhere (recipe) ⚖️The Economist explained why women are fatter than men in the Arab world and an Iraqi actress got mad 💸An interactive explanation about why the cost of dinner has soared (even if inflation sometimes makes eating out more convenient) 🛒What to eat and drink in the age of empty shelves 🔥Surprise your loved ones: Easy No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls (★recipe) 🖊A whole kitchen brigade awesome in one tattoo 🌽Cachapas are the corn pancake you have to try (★recipe) 🚿I Can't Stop Thinking About Princess Diana's Gorgeous Bathroom and Shower in Spencer 📚Every Cookbook Featured on ‘The Bear’ 🍍One of our readers is a pastry chef and her signature dish is pineapple upsidedown cupcake... One second after she signed in I happened to see this cake (★recipe) 📦10 Items to Shop from Amazon's Small Kitchen Organization Storefront 💧Brad Pitt's latest action movie real star is a water bottle
FOOD FOR LATER
Tammie Teclemariam / Grub Street
The hotel Breakfast buffet was somehow a standard, scrambled eggs trays, frozen croissants, fancy self-pancake machines, and average coffee. Then came the Pandemic. Now the best places are baking madeleines and canelés in-house. 
Alissa Wilkinson  / Bon Appétit
Once upon a time, you invited people at home and hat to show some status. Now the best thing you can offer is comfort. Make themselves at home. One reason: a dinner party “can activate the will to live".
SEASON 2 - ISSUE 95
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Piero Macchioni
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