Good morning. Times are mixed and I imagine this weekend we will record the charged atmosphere, the 246th anniversary of our declaration of independence from Britain and the beginning of our experiment in democracy. I hope you will keep your family and friends close to you. I hope you cook for them the best you can. Fellowship should be something we can all agree is important no matter how and what we cook.
For me this weekend it’s burgers, especially these mushroom beef burgers (above), cremini rich and juicy. There is something very remarkable about how the mushrooms accentuate the meatiness of the patty and add weight without fat. But I’m not just going to make burgers. I will also make hot dogs and grilled chicken. (Or maybe roasted chicken with pickled bananas!) Maybe some baby back ribs. And certainly a big pile of steamed mussels.
To serve: How about a creamy vegan tahini potato salad with charred spring onions? And a classic coleslaw with celery seeds? I love this mango avocado salad, inspired by a Vietnamese green papaya salad: ripe fruit with crunchy sugar snap peas and greens in a lime-and-fish sauce vinaigrette. Also this green bean salad with warm mustard dressing, sweet and fiery. And definitely this Southern broccoli salad in a creamy dressing with Cheddar, sunflower seeds, raisins and bacon.
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Now, you couldn’t be much further from things like bread and wine than this, but Sam Dolnick referred me to Ken Kalfus’ exciting and captivating novel “2 AM in Little America,” and I’m happy to prepay for that kindness.
Read Louisa Lim in The Guardian about the King of Kowloon, a folk hero who became a cult graffiti artist in Hong Kong and whose work was erased by authorities – until it started to reappear after his death.
And then to lead us away, here’s a new poem by Jorie Graham in the London Review of Books, “Fog.” I’ll see you Sunday.