Michael Solomonov describes Israeli-style hummus as "a marriage of chickpeas and tehina." Michael Persico/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

itoggle caption Michael Persico/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Acclaimed French chef Jacques Pepin (center) has had an extraordinary 60-year career. He says his new cookbook, Jacques Pepin: Heart and Soul in the Kitchen, will be his last. Maybe. Evan Agostini/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Evan Agostini/AP

D. Watkins' work has appeared in The Baltimore Sun and Salon. He will start teaching English at Goucher College in the spring. Aaron Maybin/Hot Books hide caption

itoggle caption Aaron Maybin/Hot Books