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These are the cookbooks that have crossed our desks recently.

"WORLDWIDE WARD COOKBOOK: Mom's Best Recipes," by Deanna Buxton, Covenant, $21.99 (concealed wire binding)

More than 250 recipes from LDS moms from more than 30 countries. Included with the recipes are stories of the mothers and their families, and photos of the foods from around the world.

"THE SONO BAKING COMPANY COOKBOOK: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes for Every Occasion," by John Barricelli, Clarkson Potter, $35 (on sale March 9)

John Barricelli was the featured chef of PBS's "Everyday Food." He then became the host of its spin-off, "Everyday Baking From Everyday Food" and is a regular guest on "The Martha Stewart Show." His SoNo Baking Co. & Cafe in Connecticut has become a sought-after destination for artisanal breads, specialty cakes, delicate pastries and more.

"I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT FATTENING!" by Devin Alexander, Broadway Books, $19.99 (on sale March 9)

Alexander, co-author of "The Biggest Loser Cookbook," offers more than 150 simple, easy-to-follow, healthful recipes to match her quote: "Twenty minutes in your kitchen can save you three hours on a treadmill." She also talks about healthful alternatives, organics, options in the kitchen to save time, and the conflict between natural ingredients versus artificial ones.

"ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN KITCHEN," by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir and Mika Ono, Da Capo Press, $19.95 (on sale March 15)

The authors make the Eastern tradition of healing with food accessible to the West with simple, step-by-step instructions for more than 150 curative recipes. The book also provides an overview of traditional Chinese medicine, herbs and food therapy.

"THE 5-FACTOR WORLD DIET," by Harley Pasterniak, with Laura Moser, Ballantine Books, $25

Pasterniak follows up his "5-Factor Diet" with this book which examines how other cultures in the world use food to be more healthful. He examines some the world's healthiest diets, including Japan, France and Sweden, and he tells how Americans can apply these techniques to help them become healthier. About half the book is explanation of how the five-factor principle works as related to other cultures, followed by 120 recipes.