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Hoisin-Roasted-Pork-with-Slaw2Late summer is the transitional time between summer and fall. It is the beginning of harvest time. Ripe fruits are falling to the ground and vegetables like squash and pumpkin are growing big and plump. Since Asian cooks believe that the best foods that can be eaten are freshly picked or killed it makes sense that this is the time of year to feast on apples, tomatoes, beans, sweet potatoes, and zucchini. We can still eat lightly, but as the weather turns colder, it’s time to strengthen the body with slightly heavier and more “yang” or heating, robust foods that will “warm” the body. In addition to seasonal vegetables, whole grains such as millet, barley and chickpeas are recommended. Pungent herbs such as basil, mint, and cilantro, plus curry, hoisin and black bean sauce not only provide flavor, but they protect the body against the seasonal dampness. At Nina Simonds