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Secret Breakfast

An exclusive newsletter, the best place to start your day in Paris, eat all the bread... and let them have cake
Hi there!

Do you really believe it was just a coincidence I was in Paris while a man disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair attacked the Mona Lisa with a cheap cake? Sure it was a coincidence, but it was a sweet one for sure. 

The act itself showed the world a couple of things: 
  1. The idea of protecting that old paint with thick glass is still very effective. 
  2. Cheap cakes deserve to be thrown away (or shouldn't be baked at all).
That said, her makeup may be flaking but her smile, still, stays on...

Piero

PS: there will be some more Paris than usual in this issue. Pardonnez-moi.

Picture: screenshot from the Mona Lisa Cake Attack
THE BEST QUOTE
→  Romain Gary, quoted by Anne-Gaëlle Huon in Ce que les étoiles doivent à la nuit. The book is about Liz, a prodigy chef, leaving for the Basque Country in the footsteps of her mother. Currently reading. 
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
THINGS TO KNOW FOR A QUICK STOP IN PARIS
I've been in Paris for about 60 hours, thanks to Takeaway.com*. I had the unbelievable opportunity to be part of the Champions League grand finale and see a magnificent city invaded by Spanish and British football supporters. 

Sometimes I escaped and got a few bites of the city in my neighborhood. Here they are, in no particular order. 

🥖La baguette aux graines at Boulangerie bo (★recipe).

🥧 Aux Merveilleux de Fred for the Belgian Cramique (★recipe).

🎪The Marché Beauvau for the artisan coffee (→Early Bird), the figs paté (→Chez Fabien, look for the stall near Early Bird), and cheese (basically everywhere). If you have an oven, you'll also find the best poulet in the world: you'll get it when you see it.

🧀Since you bought the baguette, you need some cheese: I went with the Saint-Félicien, but the choice is infinite (ok, I may have had some Tarama too). 

🥚Don't forget the crêpes. Actually, I had a galette, an impressive buckwheat crêpe from Brittany (★recipe). I had mine here.

🍪Souvernir de Paris. I ditched magnets long ago: bring back the very best macarons de Paris, instead. You find them at Pierre Hermé. The flavor combinations are insane.

📚Books. Number one last week was Guerre by Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Virginie Grimaldi has two romances among the bestsellers. I went with Anne-Gaëlle Huon (see "The Best Quote") and Chef by Gautier Battistella. 

🍸Thirsty? Go pink and try the French Spritz, aka The Lillet Spritz (★recipe).


PICTURE: TOUR EFFEIL, BY ME ON THE BATEAU-MOUCHE
*no affiliation or sponsorship with Secret Breakfast
The psychological blueprint of an anorexic chef
★★1/2

Shaina Loew-Banayan is the chef and owner of Café Mutton in Hudson, NY. This is the story of the young cook’s tumultuous relationship with their body, sexuality, and eating. Tamar Adler wrote about that in The New Yorker: "We find the psychological blueprint for both the ambitious chef and the anorexic—a double edge of rigid discipline and knowledge of its futility".



Elegy for an Appetite by Shaina Loew-Banayan
→ Shortplot:
⚖️ 🥩 🌈 🥂
RANDOM ACTS OF HUNGER
This is the space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🍿I have to finish this newsletter, then I'll watch season 5 of Somebody Feed Phil: the Oaxaca episode was good. 🍔Kim Kardashian Is Being Roasted For Seemingly Pretending To Eat The Food In Her New Advert As Beyond Meat’s “Chief Taste Consultant” 🐟The U.S. Has Spent More Than $2 Billion on a Plan to Save Salmon. The Fish Are Vanishing Anyway. 💪"Creatine for women" is one of the 100 most popular searches in the US in the last three months. 🍔What if veggie burgers were the menu default and beef a special request? 🍞Eat like an ancient Roman by recreating bread from Pompeii (★recipe) 🤡There Are 7 Variants of Stupidity 🙅🏻‍♂️Countries are limiting food exports. It may make global hunger worse. 🥔Life's hard, have a Potato Flatbread if you can (★recipe)
FOOD FOR LATER
Rebecca Seal / The Guardian
Are alternative “milks” better for us than dairy? What’s the truth about coffee?
Is red wine the acceptable face of alcohol? Can red meat really be that bad for us? Should we cut the carbs? The answers are in.
belkarx
If you don't have a dozen oysters at hand, kissing can be a good alternative. Here is whatever you can ask about it. Premise by author: "Before my first kiss, I scoured The Internet for every valuable scrap of information available on the topic while trying to stray away from anything opinion-based. This is the result".
Alicia Kennedy
Vegan milk: old more than you'd believe. Oppressing more than you think. Flawless essay. 
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