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For the Kitchen Bookshelf : Cookbooks. Big books, little books, showy cocktail table books . . . all arrive in time for holiday shopping each year. The Times' Food staff took a look at some of this year's offerings, many of which will make excellent gift choices for last-minute shoppers. Here's a rundown on some we found interesting.

December 21, 1986|Rose Dosti

Pita the Great by Virginia T. Habeeb (Workman: $6.95. 176 pp., illustrated).

If you are a lover of pita bread, this book will be your bible. It has everything you need to know about baking, filling and creating pita dishes you never imagined could exist: pistachio and banana toffee rolls, glazed pita puffs, pita cheese crepes with orange-blossom syrup, pita pizza, meat pies and more.

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