Bring 4 cups water, 1/2 cup basil leaves, 1/2 lemon, 3 tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add 4 ears of corn; cook about 5 minutes. Mix 1/2 cup torn basil, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Drain the corn and toss with the flavored oil and a splash of the cooking water.
Photograph by Kate Sears