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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|Joan Drake

Faye Levy's Chocolate Sensations by Faye Levy (HP Books: $25, 202 pp., illustrated).

This would make an ideal gift for the chocoholics on your list. The beautifully illustrated book is designed for people with busy schedules. Although many of the recipes are lengthy, Levy outlines the portions that may be made ahead, notes the amount of time a dessert may be prepared in advance and tells how long the dish will hold once assembled.

Techniques such as tempering chocolate, making chocolate designs and writing and forming cutouts and decorative scrolls are included, along with making chocolate leaves. The recipe collection includes all types of cakes, pies, pastries, souffles, custards and puddings, frozen desserts, cookies, brownies, candies and sauces.

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