#46 | Blackberry, Blackberry, Blackberry
💜 Haricot Mauve
This poem always reminds us of summer:
All the new thinking is about loss.
In this it resembles all the old thinking.
The idea, for example, that each particular erases
the luminous clarity of a general idea. That the clown-
faced woodpecker probing the dead sculpted trunk
of that black birch is, by his presence,
some tragic falling off from a first world
of undivided light. Or the other notion that,
because there is in this world no one thing
to which the bramble of blackberry corresponds,
a word is elegy to what it signifies.
—Robert Hass, from Meditation at Lagunitas
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Haricot Mauve: You’ve boiled, blanched, simmered and most likely cooked green (or in this case, purple) beans to death before, but here’s a practically fool-proof method for the most flavorful beans ever: Roasted Green Beans. Edible San Francisco
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To Do List: From Now on, My Pancakes Will Be Masa Pancakes. Epicurious
Running With the Devil: “Is Hard Coffee the Most Chaotic Drink on Record? These days, the stuff is still harder to come by than a post-pandemic interaction that doesn’t induce hours and hours of social anxiety.” Food52 Drinks
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Just One More Drink: “In 2018, I drank every night. I developed this rhythm as a freelance writer: Once the clock hit 5:00 p.m., I would pour myself some mezcal and make a shitty cocktail with whatever else was lying around and I would drink until my mind got blurry.” Mayukh Sen in Good Drinks
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The Rancho Zen of Washing Dishes: “People would try to belittle me for being a dishwasher who never had a car, but there is absolutely no shame in working. And it’s never mattered how you get there, as long as you get there.” Arturo Soto in Pop-Up Magazine
Greed Burgers: “They’re not changing the food system; they’re just replacing one industrial product for another. That’s one of the reasons I wrote the book.” Larissa Zimberoff on her new book, Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley's Mission to Change What We Eat in The Nation
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“I’m looking for a truffle pig.”
That’s all for this week.
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