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Secret Breakfast

An exclusive newsletter, the best place to start your day with sonic catering, bakers, bankers, and cursed hot chocolate
Hi there!

We already had a self-consciousness session about the ingredients we buy and then forget somewhere in the larder. 

I happen to have the same problem, but 100x, with digital notes, quotes, and sparks of ideas. I jot them down, then I completely neutralize them because I don't find time for the further two steps: review and connect. 

New ideas are always made by connecting ideas from the past. Like new recipes are done by connecting old ingredients and techniques. 

So what? Last week I spent the extra time I usually use for this newsletter to learn more about Zettelkasten, which is a system to atomize your notes, then connect them. You can learn more about that by looking for fashionable definitions like "Second Brain" or you can use geeky apps like Obsidian

The takeout, for now: take time to connect things, save them from oblivion, or just use that Vadouvan in the drawer, maybe with those preserved lemons you never opened.

Piero

PS: if you're interested in digital Zettelkasten-ing, write me. 

Picture: Vegetable Season at noma, but rotated 90°
THE BEST QUOTE
→  Guy Kawasaki, Enchantment, an excellent example of something I highlighted years ago and found back just yesterday.
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
SONIC CATERING, OR WHY I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE
Take your excitement for a new movie about food. Throw it in your mixer and blitz it till you get enough regret. 

Flux Gourmet (trailer) is a speculative comedy about art, desire, and gastrointestinal discomfort and it's not my cup of tea. 

You get a group of artists performing something called "sonic catering":  yes, they extract disturbing sounds from various foods. This might be interesting, but all the movie - praised by critics - requires a strong stomach. 

Image: Asa Butterfield, Fatma Mohamed, and Ariane in “Flux Gourmet" - IFC Midnight 
944 pages of hot chocolate for your summer
★★★

Summer is for reading hard. Then I decided to skip a cookbook this week and give you a 944-page epic novel about the secret recipe for a cursed/magical hot chocolate. The book tells the story of a Georgian family across the 20th century: “a century that cheated and deceived everyone, all those who hoped”. Good book for traveling in time, reflecting on Russia, and loving your family even more. 

The Eight Life by Nino Haratischvili (🇮🇹 Italian edition)
→ Shortplot:
☕️ 🍫 ⚡️ 🇬🇪
RANDOM ACTS OF HUNGER
This is the space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🍪Raw dough and other edible things that we shouldn't eat 🍞Atlas Obscura podcast about a sourdough library in Belgium 🍓Bites of summer: baked piroshki filled with strawberries and rhubarb (recipe) 🎒The best products for your next trip ☕️Cold-Brew Coffee Concentrate to Cool Your Summer 🔥13 Host Gifts That Will Make You the Hero of the Barbecue (+1, this cool Meater thermometer) 🍳Learning to Love an Induction Stove 🍸Cool off (and stay steady) with these low and no alcohol cocktails 🏳️‍🌈A diet for gay sex, is this a thing?
FOOD FOR LATER
Meghan McCarron  / Eater
Head chef Dan Barber is one of the food gods, he's the one fighting for better seeds, better agriculture, and better taste. Now, this long-form says that he may have been the victim of his own narrative, while his staff was treated poorly like many hospitality workers are.
Isaac Fitzgerald / Esquire
This story by Isaac Fitzgerald is probably the most linked of the past days. Not having kids, and showing up for relatives and friends who do. 
FANCY A CUP OF TWEETS?
Have you guessed it? My answer is here, on Secret Breakfast's super-lazy Twitter (more followers would wake it up, I suppose).
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