December 12, 1994 12:00 PM

by Martha Stewart

Ready for a pink-peony dinner party or a Tuscan outdoor buffet? You may be once you open this new production from Stewart, whose magazine Living is published by Time Inc., the owner of PEOPLE. Organized around such theme menus as a North Carolina Barbecue (Roquefort potato salad, stew and slaw), a Small But Special Baby Shower (brown-sugar cookies and coconut ice cream) and, naturally, ideas for celebrating Christmas, Martha lends her unrivaled ambience to each page. The dishes are not daunting to fix despite an occasional exotic ingredient like 10-inch organic grass (this is Martha, after all). Toss in luscious photos (by Dana Gallagher) of cozy rooms, golden children and creative table settings, and you’ve got a must-have for Martha fanciers. (Crown, $30).

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