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."
For the project "To Live and Dine in L.A.," Josh Kun combed through the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of 9,000 menus dating back to 1875. The resulting book and exhibit show the transformation of the city's restaurant culture.
In Pasta by Hand, Jenn Louis defines dumplings as "handcrafted nubs of dough that are poached, simmered, baked or sauteed." Louis, chef at Lincoln Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, says Italy's dumplings vary by region.
Keith Wilson is the curator of the exhibit "Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes" at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibit includes a variety of Chinese wine vessels from the period between 1200 and 1000 B.C.E. that were used for ceremonial banquets.
"The most delicious things that we make are often things that are grown in and around our world," says chef Mario Batali, a champion of eating local. One of the best places to find local produce? A farmers market.