Find yourself needing a culinary gift at this last minute? Whether it's a splurge or a stocking-stuffer, we have the perfect thing!
"Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations." What more exciting way imaginable for a foodie to start 2012 than with Martha Stewart? This enchanting oversize book features Stewart entertaining throughout the seasons, each event complete with food and recipes, flowers, and the fabulous decor of her homes and gardens. The occasions range from a simple blueberry breakfast in her Maine kitchen to a sophisticated holiday gathering at her Bedford farm; the recipes from Rustic Pear Tart to Lobster Shepherd's Pie. If you really need something for that special someone, this spectacular volume is sure to hit the spot. Hardcover. Clarkson Potter/Publishers. $75.
"Handheld Pies: Dozens of Pint-Size Sweets & Savories." If you only need a little goodie, this book would work great as a sweet gift or a stocking-stuffer. Co-authored by journalist Rachel Wharton and baker Sarah Billingsley, it is a collection of free-form pies (handheld), structured pies (baked in mini pans) and jar pies. There is also a Nuts and Bolts chapter of crusts and fillings. Frequent readers of this column know by now that I am crazy about pie -- but I am not alone! These are dainty delights. Hardcover. Chronicle Books. $19.95.
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