August is the perfect time to learn about ice cream on its churn from luxury item to summer juggernaut. Joan Nathan gives the scoop:

How did a Polish immigrant come up with a name like Häagen-Dazs? He was inspired by Jewish history: “The only country which saved the Jews during World War II was Denmark, so I put together a totally fictitious Danish name and had it registered,” Mattus told me. “Häagen-Dazs doesn’t mean anything. [But] it would attract attention, especially with the umlaut.”

Also, for those in chilly moods, you ought to check out “The Frozen Rabbi,” a novel written by Steve Stern, illustrated by Paul Rogers, and serialized by Tablet. It will not disappoint.