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Side dishes, the crux of holiday dinners, are the subject of several great cookbooks, including Best American Side Dishes: A Best Recipe Classic and Fred Thompson's Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate. Here, food writer Desmond (The Complete Idiot's Guide to Easy Artisan Bread) takes a unique approach, providing both a variety of recipes and a convenient framework for selecting them. Readers who know what's for dinner can use the "Main-Course Pairings" chart to find instantly complementing sides, or they can rely upon the chapter titles and index to browse by occasion or ingredient. Each recipe lists pairings—for instance, Desmond recommends serving orecchiette verde alongside roasted salmon (recipe not included; she suggests googling). VERDICT This title makes it easy to spice up weeknight meals, holiday feasts, and potlucks.