Politics Monday: Tamara Keith And Amy Walter On Convention Speeches (PBS)

NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest in politics, including last week’s Democratic National Convention and whether Joe Biden achieved his objectives during it and how President Trump will approach this week’s Republican National Convention in response.

Top New Culinary Books: “Sushi Shokunin” – Andrea Fazzari -“Stunning Images”

In this stunning monograph, James Beard Award-winning photographer and author Andrea Fazzari profiles twenty of the most celebrated sushi masters on the Japanese food scene. Through a combination of striking photography and intimate essays, each chapter introduces readers to a new master and restaurant, capturing the aesthetics, philosophy, and level of dedication that illustrates their status as the world’s finest culinary shokunin.

In Japan, cooking often bears aesthetic value, and the making of sushi is exalted as one of the finest culinary crafts. In line with this ideal of food as art, the Japanese often employ the word shokunin, loosely defined as “artisan”, to refer to highly skilled sushi masters. Connoting excellence and devotion to one’s craft, this title is reserved for those who approach their work with an artistic eye and seemingly spiritual sense of purpose, or ikigai.

A must-have for sushi enthusiasts—and for anyone interested in fine food culture—Sushi Shokunin is the first book of its kind to the most revered sushi masters and restaurants. Fazzari invites readers to explore the rarefied world of top shokunin who view sushi making not only as a career, but also as a way of life.

Andrea Fazzari is a Tokyo-based James Beard Award-winning photographer and author specializing in travel and the culinary world. Her previous book was Tokyo New WaveShe was chosen as one of “30 Photographers to Watch” by Photo District News in 2004. Her editorial and advertising clients include Travel + LeisureDeparturesSaveurCathay Pacific Airlines, and Four Seasons Hotels

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Top Road Trips In Germany: From Baden-Baden to Berchtesgaden In Bavaria

Bogner’s latest road trip took him and his fellow curve hunters from Baden-Baden across the Black Forest to Lake Constance and along the German Alpine road to Tegernsee, Berchtesgaden and numerous other wonderful corners of Bavaria.

Along the way, the Porsche convoy stopped at the Dornier aircraft factories, the Gmünd paper mill and a plethora of fabulous hotels such as Ellmau Castle and the Kranzbach. 

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Covid-19: The Realities Of “Automated Contact Tracing” (Rand Video)

Ben Boudreaux, policy researcher with the RAND Corporation, describes how contact tracing can be used to track the spread of COVID-19 and explains the differences between manual and automated contact tracing.

Get more insights from RAND on the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.rand.org/latest/covid-19….

Online Payments: What Is The Chinese App “Alipay” From “Ant”? (WSJ Video)

The Chinese fintech titan Ant Group—co-founded by Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma—is set to go public in what could be one of the largest listings ever. WSJ explains how Ant’s backbone service, Alipay, has revolutionized payments and investing in the world’s most populous country.

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English Country Houses: “Another Country” CEO Paul de Zwart’s ‘Hideaway’ Home In Dorset (Video)

See how since buying the house with his wife, managing director of creative agency Winkreative, Ariel Childs, 20 years ago, Paul de Zwart has transformed a 17th-century cottage into a refined take on the English country house idiom, with interiors that bear the mark of the couple’s desire for contemporary country living, where wellies are as at home as a cocktail shaker.

 London-based entrepreneur Paul de Zwart crystallized the concept for his fledgling furniture company, Another Country, while searching for some simple bedside tables and stools for his country house. “I realized there was a dearth of well-made, well-priced design with a modern craft heritage,” he says. His solution? An affordable line of pared-down pieces that are handmade in England from sustainable woods. “We’re going for timeless over trendy.”

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Top New Camper Trailers: “Pinea Mobile -Eco-Suite”

Pinea mobile is an eco-suite on wheels. ERA architects goes one step further by innovating in ecoTourism with this self-sufficient prototype thanks to solar energy, innovative fabrics, green roof and a rainwater collection tank (in addition to the usual natural materials such as wood and cork).

It is an ecological trailer-caravan between the vineyards of the residence of artists Mas els Igols who run Iris and Arnout in the Penedés. It also has a self-sufficient plant cover thanks to the rainwater tank that works by capillarity.

This innovative deposit is the FIRST TIME that it has been installed throughout the Peninsula. This prototype is supplied with solar energy, thus innovating in wine tourism, sustainable tourism, ecological tourism and self-sufficient construction.

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Morning News Podcast: Republican Convention, California Wildfires

Axios’ Jonathan Swan says to expect less of a traditional Republican National Convention and more of a reality TV show, featuring President Trump every night.

  • Plus, how the pandemic makes fighting California wildfires even harder.
  • And, an exclusive Harris poll shows Americans agree on who should get a COVID vaccine first.

Guests: Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Sam Baker and freelance environmental reporter Miranda Green.