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Hi there!

Today is the day I have to learn cooking again.

I moved.

I said goodbye to the flames and welcomed an induction cooktop. I left a static oven for a steam-capable one. 

"Day One", I bought delivery (you know, new house, dishes still in the boxes). "Day Two", see Day One, but with the stoves unpacked. 

It's time to start day three. And learn again from zero. I never thought about it, but maybe that's what I like the most about cooking. Starting over and over again. 

Piero

Picture: Totem No. 8, 2009-2011 © AlainDelorme/courtesy of Magda Danysz gallery via SLATE (flipped from the original)
THE DAILY QUOTE
The only thing better than early dinner is late lunch.
→  Lauren Collins, writer
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
MORTARS & PESTLES
Once upon a time, I was lurking some 3-stars chef and he met Toshio Tanahashi (video), master of Shojin Cuisine, aka traditional Buddhist cooking. This guy told him a lot of weird things ("Don’t be a star chef, be a moon chef", "Bad temper makes bad food", ...) and explained that grinding sesame every day was for him a kind of meditation. 

Mortars and pestles come from an ancient past and are completely forgotten in our fast-forwarded homes. This delicate article by Yewande Komolafe is a good reminder of that past before our lives were Vitamix-ed. 

When the time was the most important ingredient. But it still can be.

Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash
A BOOK FOR VEG-EXPLORERS

Take this with a grain of salt
★★★1/2

When was the last time you had pizza? Me, yesterday. Now, when was the last time you had Freekeh? I think you get me. This book - 200 recipes included - looks like a staple to up your veg cooking and make barley and mushrooms meatloaf, peanut butter and barley cookies, quinoa tempura, and cast-iron skillet spelt cinnamon rolls. 

Grains for Every Season: Rethinking Our Way with Grains by Joshua McFadden, Martha Holmberg
→ Shortplot: 🍚 🌾 🌽 🍁
RANDOM ACTS OF HUNGER
This is a space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🍿 Ice-cream plus pop-corns equals WTF (★recipe) 👕 I need this Gricia sweatshirt (★recipe) 🐐 A 2002 song by the Mountain Goats about a doomed divorce is suddenly big on TikTok 🍳 Supercook is a recipe generator to help you with your pantry 🎄 It's 45 days to Christmas, it's time to master some "These cookies are my present" (★recipes: classic and hardcore) 🚢  Who's the most delicious on Succession?
FOOD FOR LATER
Andrew Webster / The Verge
"It’ll be a new kind of verse, where multi and meta combine, and free time is nonexistent". Basically my life any given Monday.
Ian Parker / The New Yorker
Michael Pollan wrote that already, somewhere: there’s no way to confirm that a crop was grown organically. Meet Randy Constant, who "exploited our trust in the labels—and made a fortune".
SEASON 2 - ISSUE 54
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