NOTHING LIKE a bowl of good hearty vegetable soup after a day's work (well, okay, a half day's work, or less) on a hot day. This one is Bean and Farro soup, with cabbage, onion, garlic, and tomatoes, and flavored with onion, garlic, rosemary, and red pepper.
With it, just bread. That bread, rescued from Chez Panisse two weeks ago, then frozen, then taken on last week's road trip, during which it was now and then re-frozen in badly adjusted motel-room refrigerators, and finally brought home, and re-heated tonight after sprinkling the crust just a bit with water, was still very good indeed. Acme Bread.