During Pope Francis' September 2015 visit to the U.S., chef Lidia Bastianich cooked several meals for him. "We were nervous about it. How were we going to do it?" she says. "But as we got closer, an easiness, a peacefulness came about."
Cara Nicoletti, author of Voracious, cooked her way through dishes from her favorite novels. "Cooking the meals that [the characters] ate always felt like a natural way to be closer to them and make them feel more real," she says.
"I really don't eat another tomato between my last one picked in say September and the first one picked in June unless they're canned, sun-dried or preserved in some way," says Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes.
"My mother taught me that food was fuel," says writer Elissa Altman. "That food was dangerous. That food was the enemy." As Altman's mother grows older, Altman is finding it difficult to get her to eat.
"Somebody who wants to learn how to differentiate and appreciate different wines -- they say that anybody can learn how to do that," says Wendy Suzuki, author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life. "You may not become a master sommelier, but you can learn."