Cooling Off

Cooling Off

W e know it’s too hot to think, so we did the research for you: According to H. Craig Heller, a biology professor at Stanford University, eating spicy food and drinking hot drinks makes you perspire, which cools you down. But if you’re already sweating, that won’t help. Cold drinks, on the other hand, cool down your core —the part of your body where your critical organs live.

Our favorite summer meals and drinks do just that. None of these tasty dishes require heat. Just the word “oven” makes us unhappy at the moment. So we show you how to “bake” a cake in your fridge. By summer definitions, that’s cooking.

Photographs by Tom Sicurella