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Letter from Rach: Stay Sharp!

Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind for September, and what’s cookin’ in the magazine. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!

When I was a kid, this time of year was so exciting. Mom would take me shopping for new school clothes, and most important, I got to pick out my new stationery! Back then, everything I drew a picture of—animals, fish, people—had a bag. Mom asked why I only drew girls with purses and I said, They’re not all girls— everyone needs a bag to hold their pens and paper!

I write everything down on paper and have done so for more than 20 years: recipes, thoughts, grocery lists, doodles of furniture, even my cookbooks! I love what a new notebook means—a fresh page, a new start. Anything is possible; all there is to do is write it down.

September and the smell of early fall in the air to me is what springtime is to everyone else. This is the season when I was married, began my own daytime show and brought home Isaboo for the first time. Fall is a symbolic season that is both a new beginning and a celebration of where I’ve been and who I am.

It’s also about gearing up for what’s to come! In the spirit of back-to-school season, check out our guide to upgrading your lunch (page 47) and an after-school snack extravaganza on page 66.

And on a personal note, it is an honor to have my friend Jacques Pépin in this issue. His contribution to the quality of my life and my food education is immeasurable. He is an artist in every sense and a wonderful man, grandfather, mentor, human. Our feature story, shot inside his home, is a must-read (page 69).

Now, go enjoy the new school year. And buy a new notebook!


Rachael Ray