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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

Popular Nutritional Practices: A Scientific Appraisal by Jack Z. Yetiv, M.D., Ph.D. (Popular Medicine Press, P.O. Box 12607, Toledo, Ohio 43606, $23.95 hardcover, $17.95 softcover, 318 pp.)

Dr. Yetiv is a physician-researcher who is also a good communicator. He covers the most-talked-about--and controversial--nutritional topics, which are shrouded in mystery, have become fads or are just plain scientifically controversial.

Anorexia nervosa, vegetarian diets, hypoglycemia, megavitamins, osteoporosis, cholesterol, the Pritikin diet, herbal remedies, weight-loss diets, megaminerals, food allergies, life extension, hair analysis and fish oil remedies are appraised with scholarly verve and plenty of bibliography to back up the verdict. This is a good stocking stuffer for health-conscious people who would like a second opinion from a good doctor.

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