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Book cover for A Work in Progress: A Journal

A Work in Progress: A Journal

Author: René Redzepi

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Journal

Themes: Burnout, Creativity, Journal

Format: Hardcover

Finished: March 11, 2019

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Amanda got this book for me for my birthday last month because she saw me geek out over the Noma Guide to Fermentation. She had no idea that it was Rene Redzepi’s journey to get back on track, figure out what to do with Noma, cure his burn out, and get his creativity back. Nor did she know that I’m also experiencing burnout and a dip in creativity right now.

It is Rene Redzepi’s work journal for a year between 2013 and 2014. It really spoke to me. Some of their approaches (Trash Cooking, Saturday Night Projects, using unconventional ingredients to make a dish that looks like a conventional dish but that tastes completely different) have parallels in tech world and I’m excited to try them out. I also appreciate Redzepi’s focus on putting in the work with your hands in order to clear your head. Pure coincidence: Multiple times the entries I read reflected similar struggles or triumphs that I also experienced that day.

This book inspired me to keep my own work-related journal this year. Like Redzepi, I want my creativity back. I want to get out of the weeds. I want to get excited about my work again. I started on my birthday and I haven’t missed a day yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year produces.