Summer is over. Most people are pretty bummed about this, but I am thrilled. Summer in Miami is like whipped cream on a doughnut---overkill! I am looking forward to the shorter days and longer nights and temperatures in the high 80s as opposed to the high 90s.
The one thing that I will miss about the summer is that suddenly you’re not encouraged to read lighthearted books anymore. From May through August, every magazine, radio show, and blog is inundating you with a list of great summer reading---usually books about romance, travel, food, or anything else not expected to make you think deeply or furrow your brow while you sip a Mojito and roast yourself under a plastic umbrella at the beach.
But I say, let’s not deprive ourselves of cheap thrills, useless knowledge and belly laughs over the fall and winter. Towards that end, here is my recommendation for a great read any day of the year. I recently finished the book, Lunch in Paris: a Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard. As the title would suggest, this book is primarily a memoir of an American who moved to Paris where she fell in love, got married, had a child, and did a lot of eating. At the end of every chapter, she provides a recipe for a dish that in some way relates to the contents of the chapter. The book is very much an exploration of the differences between French and American culture and what happens when these two worlds collide but the moral of the story is that despite our differences, love conquers all. Especially when there’s a soufflé involved.