Books: Feasts for Holiday and Every Day

New cookbooks bring goodies from afar

With the standard North American Christmas dinner about as predictable as a Norman Rockwell rendering, the time has come to borrow from other countries their versions of foods that seem traditionally American: the turkey, the yam, the potato, the pumpkin. For starters, how about pumpkin soup? Or bawd bree, the rich hare broth of Scotland? It might be followed by Colombia's pato borracho (drunken duckling) or Gaelic roastit bubblyjock wi' cheston crappin (roast turkey with chestnuts) and rumblede-thumps (creamed potatoes and cabbage). Dessert could be Mexican...

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