Picks and Pans Review: The Gift-Giver's Cookbook

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Judith Choate and Jane Green

Sometimes the best presents are edible. And for those whose preferred source for holiday giving is their kitchen cupboard, here is a 142-page idea book, revised from the 1970 original. Its tidy pages fairly burst with recipes for tea breads and cookies, candies and other sweet concoctions. There are chapters on jellies, marmalades and jams; spiced fruits and chutneys; relishes and pickles; savories and snacks; festive beverages and an uninspired selection of low-cal specials. And on the final page: tips on shipping. After all that work, you won't want your crumb cake to be mistaken for a crumby upside-down cake when it arrives. (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $18.95)

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