RAK writer/photographer Daniel Friedman was at Trader Joe’s one day when he rediscovered a “purely no-prep snack” with aesthetic appeal to his artistic eye. “Most people don’t eat many fresh figs, which look weird inside but are very sweet,” he says. “It’s a way to break out of the peaches-grapes-nectarine rut of summer.” Because there is no recipe for figs beyond buy-wash-cut-eat, Dan suggests tying this snack activity to the “beautifully illustrated book” The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg. How’s that for a cross-promote? A fruit with a literary tie-in. Learn more about The Sweetest Fig.