I love summer as much as anyone else, but every year when fall rolls around, I feel like heaving a huge sigh of relief. Thank god we can all get over rosé cocktails. Thank god we can all move on from watermelon in salad. Thank god we can all stop shaving our thighs. Thank god we can put pumpkin with everything (including cats). Thank god it's time to get nice and fat for winter.
I'm kidding about half of those things. (But which half...?) I'm not kidding when I tell you that I spent a crazy amount of money at the Lincoln Park farmers' market last weekend because there is no time of year in which the produce is more beautiful and tempting than this time during which we are living right now, ladies and gents. There are mounds of squash everywhere. Kale like you wouldn't believe. Apples out-the-wazoo. It looks like an elementary play about Thanksgiving on some kind of multiplier steroid, and I LOVE IT.
This time of the year is prime for doing things that make you feel good. Eating lots of food and having an excuse to do so? Check. Hanging out on the couch and watching all of the movies you didn't go see over the summer now that they're on Amazon? Check. (And yes, that includes Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales because I have no shame.) Having an extra beer because hey, it's fall, the temperature is dropping, and you need a beer jacket. Check. And guess what? That's exactly why you'll make this soup (as soon as the weather cools down) and read this book. It'll make you feel good.