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There is a book that helps us to understand and above all to explain to our children, without any preconceived ideas, but based exclusively on documented facts, what is happening in the world. Because it talks about Ukraine, Afghanistan, today’s conflicts. “Looking beyond the border” is by Francesca Mannocchi (DeAgostini) which takes us to territories of war on a journey made up of ancient places, cultures and traditions, but above all of people, adults and children, real lives of survivors and combatants called to defend their homes, their own rights and your future. It starts from Lebanon, then from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Libya and Iraq. Why talk to the war boys? Mannocchi’s response: “Because war must teach us to listen to the other’s reasons”.


What to watch

On Netflix, the docu-series Wanna, by Alessandro Garramone. Written by Alessandro Garramone and Davide Bandiera himself, it is directed by Nicola Prosatore and produced by Gabriele Immirzi for Fremantle Italia. The 4 episodes were made through 22 testimonies, approximately 60 hours of interviews and images taken from more than 100 hours of archives to reconstruct the events in a factual and precise way and tell a story that caused a sensation through the testimonials from everyone, from those directly concerned to the victims, passing through the most significant figures in the nascent world of private television and teleshopping at the time.

Throughout the 1980s, her image and products went crazy, making her very rich and famous, as well as her only real right-hand man, her daughter Stefania. The two go from success to the shattering fall of the early 90s, when the “Wanna Marchi empire” crumbles and throws them out on the pavement. A disaster that triggers the desire for redemption in both. After selling the illusion of perfect physical shape, they will move on to marketing the one thing no one ever thought of selling: luck. Slimming and anti-wrinkle creams thus give way to amulets and blessed numbers sold with the master of life Do Nascimento. This incredible slot machine will later turn out to be something else: a sensational scam, carried out thanks to an unsuspected accomplice, television.

What to listen to

From September 26, on Audible, Cineastri. With the usual wit that sets them apart, popularizers Luca Perri and Adrian Fatrade are back with a new Audible Original podcast titled “Cineastri” in which, episode after episode, they chronicle the dynamics that are unleashed in the human mind (especially in that of astronomers) while watching a film at the cinema. Indeed, if during the screening the film addresses familiar themes, perhaps with pretensions of realism, it may happen that the mind does not suspend disbelief and analyzes the work, ending up appreciating it or hate whatever its beauty.

In recent years, the issue of disinformation seems to have taken on crucial importance for public opinion. But did you know that fake news has existed since the dawn of time? Thus, Costantino Andrea De Luca and Marco Luoni, in their new podcast “Bella Storia”, produced by While Reliving Stories and Spotify Studios, will tell us the anecdotes and stories that are hidden in the most remote corners of history. An example? In 335 BC. BC, when the news spread in Greece that the young Alexander the Great, who had just inherited the throne of the Macedonian kingdom, had died in battle. There is even a man who appears before the assembly of Athens and swears that he saw him die fighting barbarians. This news caused a wind of rebellion to blow through all of Greece, but it was only a hoax, because Alexander was alive and his reaction was terrible. To find out more, don’t miss the daily 4 minutes of Bella Storia, available on the platform from September 26 exclusively on Spotify.

what to write

Three days in Milan dedicated to those who love TV series. Back with its fourth edition, from September 23 to 25, FeST – The Festival of Television Series, the first Italian festival entirely dedicated to television series in the age of streaming services. Major broadcasters – De Agostini Editore, Disney+, Paramount+, Prime Video, Netflix, Rai Fiction, Rai Kids, Sky and NOW, Warner Bros. Discovery – will be the protagonists of FeST with some of their titles of the moment and the most loved characters with the aim of telling on the one hand the evolution of seriality itself, and on the other hand to question its relationship to the real through representation.

Also this year, on Saturday and Sunday, 4 stages will be confirmed which will host the FeST activities: the main stage, the industry stage, the unstage stage and the children’s stage. For this second edition of the Serial Awards, Aurora Leone (The Jackal) and Edoardo Ferrario will lead the award ceremony to be held on Sunday September 25 at the Triennale Milano theater. For the second year, the Serial Awards, prizes awarded to the best Italian television series, were voted on by a jury chaired by the artistic director Marina Pierri and composed of experts and representatives of the sector.

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what to cook

“Modern Canning Kitchen” by Kylee Newton (Guido Tommasi Editore, photo by Laura Edwards), came out just in time, at the end of August, when some of the best and tastiest seasonal produce starts to run out. Tomatoes, zucchini, peaches and other delicious fruits are ready to welcome us but also to come in jars to last all year round. The author thus teaches us to experiment with preserves, chutneys and pickles, to have good food available all year round even outside their season. What could be more sustainable? With basic techniques, tips and recipes, the author offers omelettes with pickled peas, breakfast eggs with kimchi, brioche bread with chicken liver pate and blackberry and apple chutney and mini pancakes with peach and mint jam.

The book is divided by type of preserves. With each recipe there will be suggestions for incorporating it into more elaborate dishes with ingredients, pairings and notes for alternatives. Many preserves and recipes are influenced by their geographical origins, but no claim to authenticity starts from this book: the key word is to experiment, to find the right combination.
As in the case of the New Zealand pavlova with jam.

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Ingredients for 6 to 8 people. 4 large free-range egg whites, at room temperature; 225 g of granulated sugar; 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar; 2 teaspoons cornstarch

To serve: 200 ml heavy whipped cream 3 to 4 tablespoons clementine and whiskey jam (or other type of jam) diluted with 2 teaspoons water; a handful of coarsely chopped roasted pistachios or almonds strips of carrots and slices of dried orange peel (optional)

Method. Heat the oven to 160°C (140°C ventilated).
Draw a circle 20 to 21 cm in diameter on a large sheet of parchment paper and place it on a baking sheet.
Beat egg whites on high speed in a planetary mixer with a whisk or in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, at least 4 minutes. Lower the speed and add
1 tablespoon sugar at a time, whisking to dissolve before adding more. Beat for 10 minutes after you have finished adding the sugar, until the meringue is glossy and stiff. Be diligent and respect deadlines for the excellent result of the recipe.
Add vanilla, vinegar and cornstarch and beat on low speed until well blended. Drizzle the pan with a little water and distribute the meringue mixture inside the circle using a spoon or a piping bag. Build the meringue by distributing it in height, leveling the surface and using a spoon to create some peaks to give it texture.
Lower the oven temperature to 120°C (100°C ventilated) and cook the meringue for 70 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave to cool inside for at least another 3 hours or overnight, without giving in to temptation to open the door.
Just before serving, cover the pavlova with whipped cream, pour over the diluted jam and sprinkle with toasted almonds or pistachios. I like to decorate it with ribbons of dried carrots and sometimes dried citrus or fresh peel.

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