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FROM A SOUTHERN OVEN: THE SAVORIES, THE SWEETS
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FROM A SOUTHERN OVEN: THE SAVORIES, THE SWEETS by Jean Anderson (Wiley, $32.50)

Anderson, one of the country's most respected cookbook authors, focuses her talents on her Southern roots (she's a die-hard Tarheel) in this appealing, trend-free volume. Anything baked (from chicken casseroles to towering cakes) is fair game. With lots of photos, cooking tips and historical notes.
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Best cookbooks of 2012

A cookbook is so much more than a collection of recipes. It can be an armchair vacation to a place you've never been or a return to a favorite destination; an introduction to a new skill or a master class in one already acquired. From the scores of cookbooks published in 2012, here are eight guaranteed to whet the appetite. --ERICA MARCUS / erica.marcus@newsday.com