Fourth of July: A taste of summer in the US
3 July 2013 Last updated at 01:18 BST
Thursday marks the Fourth of July holiday, when families in the US gather for long weekends and celebrate the country's independence with picnics, barbeques and fireworks.
For many, no matter how much life changes, eating a favourite food outdoors brings back happy memories of days in the sun.
Whether the humble hotdog or freshly grilled corn on the cob, these dishes are also a part of the American identity.
Three writers based in the US - including The Time Traveller's Wife author Audrey Niffenegger - describe their favourite summer foods and what these mean to them for BBC Radio 3's A Taste of Summer in America.
Video journalist: Melanie Burford, Prime Collective. Audio production by Judith Kampfner.