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Check It Out: Celebrate the season with holiday recipes

December 22, 2011|By Andrea Jason

With the holidays upon us, it's time to bring out the cookbooks to look for new recipes. The Newport Beach Public Library has many to choose from for making your holiday menus delectable.

"Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining by Food Network star Daisy Martinez presents the latest Latin-themed collection of multi-course menus for gatherings of all sizes.

Recipes are grouped by event, such as a Christmas Eve dinner for six that includes Tamarind Margaritas and the challenging Arroz Con Pato, roasted duck served over a rich base of rice cooked in duck broth.

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Preparation schedules provide timelines and detailed instructions for making items well in advance, and helpful photo guides give novices confidence. Entertainers looking for a twist on the classics or simply a new dish to bring to a holiday potluck will find plenty of flavorful ideas here.

"Southern Living Cooking for Christmas: Favorite Holiday Recipes to Share with Family and Friends" is an all new collection containing 350 recipes and 200 photos for the ultimate holiday and entertaining guide.

The book opens with 20 menus specially designed for the holidays — from casual family meals to dressier party fare. A recipe section features holiday food categories from appetizers to entrees to desserts-all perfectly suited for seasonal meals.

Bonus sections feature "Get Set for the Season" and a "Holiday Journal" filled with expert cooking and entertaining tips as well as handy calendars and charts for party planning and Christmas card and gift lists. American cuisine New American cuisine, using highest quality ingredients

Chef Bradley Ogden is celebrated for his New American Cuisine, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. In his first cookbook in over a decade, "Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden 150 Festive Recipes for Bringing Family & Friends Together," Ogden has broken up into sections on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

The recipes take center stage and are followed by suggested menus and preparation schedules. The especially helpful "Special Note" sections offer tips on identifying fruits and vegetables, and one even tackles hangover remedies.

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