Picks and Pans Review: Entertaining with Regis & Kathie Lee

updated 12/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Regis Philbin & Kathie Lee Gifford with Barbara Albright

With a tone as perky as their morning show, Reege and his perpetually sunny sidekick chitchat about parties they have tossed and attended, dispense advice—some of it obvious (when you send an invitation, they instruct, make sure to include the date and time)—and introduce dishes that suit the year's holidays. The recipes—good, bad and dubious—are culled from friends, family and guests who have appeared on the show. The best fare is from food professionals like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who offers the secrets of Thai cuisine. But cooks may think twice about the recipe for sweet-and-sour chicken made with apricot preserves, Russian dressing and onion-soup mix. (Hyperion, $19.95)

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