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When the moon in the sky looks like a big pumpkin pie...

This is my favorite time of year. It's the harvest season. Sandwiched in between a hotter-than hot record setting heat wave last week, and the triple-digit forecast for next week, LA is giving us a little taste of fall with rainy dark days and cool, crisp nights. It's this kind of weather that always causes me to move back into the kitchen and search for a good cookbook.

I love to go to the Farmers Market. LA has so many good, neighborhood farmers markets where you can buy fresh local (California-grown) produce. Just a couple of weeks ago, I got some delicious white-and-yellow corn that had been grown on fields in Encino! Who'd a thunk it?

I find myself wandering through the cookbook section of bookstores in October to find out what the newest recipes are. Check out "West Coast Cooking" by Greg Atkinson for the latest on how California cooks are still setting trends. We're more than just a gathering of food trucks.

If you love food but you'd rather spend a rainy day in front of the fire with a good book than in the kitchen, a great new read from Allegra Goodman called "The Cookbook Collector," may be just what you're looking for this harvest season. For Jane Austen-lovers, the book uses the framework of "Sense & Sensibility" to tell its gentle and engrossing tale.

And just in case you don't get the urge to be in the kitchen when the weather turns cold, I've got a suggestion for you -- "The I Hate To Cook Book." It's a vintage classic from the 1960s that's just been reissued. The author, Peg Bracken, will charm cooks and non-cooks alike with her wit and sarcasm.



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