October 25, 2010

Against Pumpkin: A Polemic

Each fall, I find myself getting annoyed with everyone's obsession with pumpkin. I read a lot of food blogs, and almost every single one has featured at least one post about how it really feels like autumn when you can start cooking with pumpkin. They then feature pumpkin recipes, including pumpkin yumkins (???), pumpkin tortellini,  pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin gnocchi---anything that can be remotely pumpkin-ized has been pumpkin-ized here in 2010.

Now, I do like some pumpkin foods. Pumpkin pie is in fact one of my all-time favorite foods. But I eat it on Thanksgiving and I eat it on Christmas and I keep my mouth shut about it at other times. From September to November, the pumpkin talk and the pumpkin love in the world is just overkill. Every coffeeshop or restaurant features "special" pumpkin goods, and I've just had enough. I don't want to hear any more about pumpkin lattes, pumpkin scones or pumpkin ale.

I can't believe I typed pumpkin that many times; the word looks totally weird to me now.

If you too are fed up with the pumpkin-centric world, tell me in the comments. Or, if you completely disagree with me and you can't get enough of pumpkin, tell me that too.

More posts later this week, including a feature on a soup party I attended this weekend, and Robbie on blackberry brownies!


  1. But how do you feel about butternut squash?

  2. But... but I love pumpkins and pumpkin products....

  3. If you think about it there isn't a lot of "flavor" to pumpkin. It's all creative placement of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

  4. emily had this fantastic pumpkin alfredo at her wedding. like best wedding food i've had in a long while. thinking of trying to make my own.
    and i LOVE (certain) pumpkin ales, like saranac and heavy seas. so don't hate on all of it!


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