Long days, warm nights and sun to spare: August is all about the dog days of summer. For us, this month is a celebration of summer’s most flavorful bounty: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, melons and cucumbers. If it’s juicy, colorful and fresh, we’re eating it in August.


Happy Birthday, Leo! This month belongs to you, the zodiac’s warm-hearted, passionate and (occasionally) headstrong lion. If you’ve got a bit of extra pep in your step this month, it’s no accident: that same bountiful energy feeding the August harvest is in your corner, too. You’ve got energy to spare, so now’s the time to tackle those ambitious projects you keep putting on the backburner. Have you long dreamed of canning your own veggies or making your own hot sauce? The farmer’s market should have no shortage of peppers for your homemade spicy masterpiece, or tomatoes to make and can the perfect marinara. Trust us: you’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying a delicious bowl of spaghetti come fall.


You’re thinking big this month, Virgo—Jupiter is keeping you optimistic and open-minded, which makes August the perfect time for travel. If you’d rather stay close to home, why not take a culinary odyssey? Try cooking a cuisine you’ve never attempted before and experience a whole new culture without leaving your kitchen.


Diplomatic Libra, August is a great month for you to work on repairing fraught or challenging relationships. If there are any olive branches you’ve been waiting to extend, this is the month to do it. And is there anything that brings people together better than a delicious home-cooked meal? So fire up that barbecue and get ready for some catharsis!


If you’re feeling competitive this month, Scorpio, it’s no accident. In August, your determined and resourceful attitude is laser-focused, which makes it the perfect time to challenge yourself and set expansive personal goals. Have you always wanted to try your hand at soufflés? Never roasted a whole chicken before? Roll up your sleeves and dive in, because if there was ever a time for you to achieve a major culinary milestone, it’s now.


For Sagittarius, this month is all about simple pleasures. You’ll find that it won’t take a lot to delight you in August! Nurture your love of the outdoors by taking in a gorgeous sunset or meal al fresco. Even a simple breakfast in bed will feel like the ultimate treat—so go ahead and indulge!


August is a month of reversals: that is to say, Capricorn, you may find yourself with a new appreciation for things you once disliked. It might finally be time to revisit some of your least favorite foods—you may just find the way to prepare them and create something irresistibly delicious.


We feel you, Aquarius—there’s no shortage of delicious ways to eat, drink and be merry in August! It’s definitely a month for you to treat yourself and enjoy every minute of it. Of course, try not to go overboard: at the end of the day, there is such thing as too much of a good thing (even when that good thing is ice cream).


With options, requests and information coming at you from all angles, it’s no wonder you’re feeling a bit scattered this month, Pisces. We get it: it’s hard to know what you want, but we say, embrace the chaos—when it comes to your food, at least! Try Japanese one night, Southern comfort food the next, then Mexican or Filipino. A range of different flavors is sure to appease your subconscious desire for variety.


Aries, your August will be full of adjustments. You may find yourself in a new position at work, starting new relationships, or just in a new environment. To balance out all the adjustments you’ll have to make in your work and personal life, it will help to enjoy some familiar flavors. Try cooking a favorite family recipe, or bringing back homemade pizza night. Some deliciously comforting meals will be the key to keeping you sane this month.


You may be feeling stressed or worried in August, Taurus, but fear not! While you’ve got a lot going on, a well-timed break from the day-to-day will help get you out of your head. Bake bread, go berry picking and make your own pie or do some grilling. A few hours working with your hands will do you a world of good.


Someone wants burgers, someone else wants pizza. It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a different demand. But what do you want? When you close your eyes and think about tonight’s meal, what’s in your heart? If it’s breakfast-for-dinner, we say go for it! Make yourself happy for once, because if there’s a lesson for this month, Gemini, it’s that you can’t please everyone.


Feeling inspired, Cancer? Run with it! Your sudden interest in new cultures, ideas and cuisines is no accident. Follow those impulses and you may find yourself with a whole new perspective on life. Go ahead and book the dumpling-making class you’ve been eyeing, or take that barbecue-centric road trip. Even trying out some totally unfamiliar recipes may do the trick—anything to get you looking at the world in a different way.