Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Novelist Audrey Niffenegger on alternatives to delicious ice cream now she cannot eat it.
4/5 Author Simon Van Booy, transplanted to New York, compares hot dogs and lobster rolls.
3/5 Author TC Boyle considers how cookouts are memorable markers of his American summers.
2/5 American author Nathan Englander discovers an obsession with cheese in Midwestern markets.
1/5 Author Susan Orlean celebrates corn on the cob, integral to an American summer.