December 12, 1994 12:00 PM

by Chuck Williams and Kristine Kidd

Gifts from the kitchen—provided you can cook—are often a sweet treat for the holiday season, but where to begin? In this new edition in the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library, Kidd, an editor at Bon Appétit, suggests caramel-nut popcorn, pecan-molasses toffee or hazelnut amaretti for starters. On the savory side, how about lemon-spice olives or peach vinegar? Never mind the calories; each easy-to-follow recipe fits on a single page, and the photographs of the finished products look good enough to eat. (Time-Life, $14.95)

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