Fall is the season of turning inward. The crops are nearly all harvested. The trees are silently shutting down, turning the leaves from green to red, to brown. The days are shrinking in length giving rise to longer cooler nights. The wind may begin to blow, and nature responds. Whoever was born during the spring and summer is hopefully strong enough now to survive. It’s time to store food, stock up on reserves.

For macrobiotic cooking this means longer cooking times, cutting larger pieces of vegetables. We may start using more short grain brown rice, but not eliminating the longer grains completely. We may see more root vegetables at the farmers market, and incorporate them into our thicker soups. Of course it depends on how we feel, but listening to the seasons talk to us is a great step towards health.