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In a dystopic future, a family has just bought and renewed a house.

They're having a "nothing-fancy inauguration party", with wine and snacks, but they don't want the guests to stain the freshly painted walls, scratch the new floor, or put a greasy finger somewhere. No crumbles are allowed either. Chocolate? It is forbidden as red wine, oily sauces, raspberries, and exploding one-bite tomatoes.

What would you cook and serve in this situation? Feel free to answer this email.

Next week I'll tell you what we finally prepped for our happy guests.


PS: yes, every future is dystopic until you live it.
PPS: while searching for a picture, I remembered this site, Ruined table: "The messy scene at the end of a dinner party. It’s also a symbol of living in the present, having fun and finding beauty in the grey zones". It is worth a visit, and it has playlists too! 

Picture: (I think) HANNAH KIRSHNER from this Edible Brooklyn Story.  See also The Verge, same 2017 Dystopian Dinner Story.
→  Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen in Episode 1 of House of the Dragon. That's the Westeros version of Eat, Prey, Love. 
Italians love many things. One they can't stop loving is ranting about pizza. During the last year people got angry for:
  • the 22 euros you have to pay to have a pizza at Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco place in the center of Milan.
  • the 1 euro per pizza raise at L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, in Naples.
  • Domino's pizza shuts down in Italy (well, they were not angry about that).
  • the 65 euros tag price of a Jamon Iberico pizza at Crazy Pizza, owned by the controversial entrepreneur Flavio Briatore.
The truth is that pizza is very different if you eat it in Milan, Rome, or Naples, and every one of us has his own taste. Naples is the golden standard, for sure: you have to go. That's it. Rome gives you something thin and crusty (that I personally love). Milan started playing the Neapolitan standard, now is a land of well-marketed sourdough and autolysis.

Pizza is also a world treasure, and Netflix decided to produce a Chef's Table special about that. No Deep dish, no Sbarro's, just traditional pizza. 

Chef's Table: Pizza starts streaming on Sept. 7 with six 45-minute episodes, and we can start salivating following the five pizza chefs featured: PS: I had tried the two Italians featured and they're awesome.

Picture: Gabriele Bonci, Rome. Chef's Table: Pizza. Netflix © 2022
The colorful food stories of a Jew of color

Ok, this is probably the worst book cover of 2022, but let's forget that for now. Michael W. Twitty is an African America Jew, and just those three words are making me imagine a world of fantastic flavor. Jewish educator and culinary historian (and also "Black, Jewish, gay and Southern"), says that the question that most intrigues him is not just who makes the food, but how the food makes the people. The answer comes with 50 preparations (such as Senegalese-Inspired Chicken Soup recipe) and many diaspora stories that make Twitty one of us, whoever you are.

Khoshersoul by Michael W. Twitty 
→ Shortplot:
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This is the space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

🍕Healthy Pizza with Thai Chicken (recipe) 🍔Deep fried queso burger and the other Iowa State Fair new food reviews 🥚Make a better Tortilla Española (★recipe) 🥚Copycat Oven-Baked Starbucks Egg Bites (★recipe) 🍞Ok, I made an Italian Beef (★recipe) 🍟 Sporked is a fantastic website, think about a Wirecutter living along the food aisle, then you can get The Best Plain Potato Chips to Buy or the Best Plant-Based Bacon (or just know If Sodas Were ’90s Boy Bands) 🥯How Russ and Daughters bagels are made 🌴The Resort is my favorite show of the summer 🍰I forgot the cake! Ottolenghi's no flour blueberry, almond and lemon cake should do (★recipe)
I still do not know if this will be the "Best tweet of this summer" or "The Tweet that will make unsubscribe you". Anyway, the answers to the question were real fun.
I have this idea that sex and art have much in common with cooking. This is a piece about obscenity intended as a powerful tool that artists and activists have leveraged through history. It's about the importance of a "shock factor". 
If you think there is no such thing as too much garlic, this is the reading for you. Bettina's brilliant lead says it all: "As the memes go, the proper way to measure garlic is with your heart. One clove is not enough for any recipe, unless it’s a recipe for “how to cook one clove of garlic,” in which case you should still use two".
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Piero Macchioni
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