Book Review – The Kingdom of Fungi by Jens H. Petersen

Ever since I learned about koji from The Noma Guide to Fermentation, I have developed a deeper fascination for all things fungi. So I picked this book up after seeing it recommended during several internet searches. Each page has stunning pictures of the wide variety of fungi that are known. Additionally, though the text is …

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Trompe-l’œil à la Saint-Jacques: or How to Make a Multi-Course Scallop Meal without Scallops

Since I first learned how to cook by binge-watching all of Good Eats almost fifteen years ago, I've enjoyed coming up with creative cooking endeavors. More than anything, I like when there are specific constraints that require me to come up with interesting solutions. This began with early Lentil and Alphabet Challenges, although arguably the …

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How to hot-wire a scooter with a paper clip

Disclaimer: This lesson is intended as a fun introduction to how an ignition works and not a guide to performing illegal activities. If you steal someone's scooter and get caught, that's your own damn fault. Also, shame on you. Nearly a year ago, during the initial two-month lockdown here in France, my scooter was vandalized. …

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Book Review – How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens

Reading without taking notes (via Anne-Laure Le Cunff) Most of the time as adults, we read a book, put it back on the shelf (or close the Kindle app), and maybe occasionally think about that book ever again. Perhaps a passage every once in a while sticks with us. Or we come across the idea …

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