‘Secrets of Louisville Chefs’ @ Bookstores

$21.95; available at local bookstores

It’s Christmas Eve, you only have a $5 pair of dryer balls for your mom under the tree, and you refuse to go the route of chain-restaurant gift certificates. Thank god you read LEO, because here’s what you’re gonna do to stay in her good graces. Get yourself over to Carmichael’s (Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue) and pick up the latest copy of the “Secrets of Louisville Chefs Cookbook.” More than 50 chefs from Metro-area restaurants share their favorite recipes (over 200 of ’em) and cooking tips in this third edition, published by Louisville Magazine. Appetizers, entrees, desserts — it’s all here, as well as brief Q&As and a section on food and wine pairing.

It’s the gift that says: “Hey, I shop local. I recycle. My carbon footprint is minimal. How about you take me out and treat me to some of these fine selections?” —Sara Havens

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