Here's a made-to-order item for cooks who still occasionally yearn for the good ol' days when calories didn't count and cholesterol was a word unheard of in the kitchen. The author of "The Cake Bible" (1988) has drawn on her many years as cook and food writer to present an unusual grouping of 100 ethnic recipes. Dishes originating in Italy, Ethiopia, Spain, Japan, China, and other countries share space with those from Beranbaum's own kitchen in a selection ranging from appetizers to desserts to beverages to brunch. For cooks ready to be challenged, there's dobos torte, a multilayered cake that combines the flavors of chocolate, butter cream, and caramel; those yearning for something homestyle or familiar will find chopped liver, hollandaise, and "perfect" American French toast. With full-color photographs, precise instructions, and a nice bit of anecdote to personalize the recipes, Beranbaum's delectable roundup is sure to deliver more than a few savory moments.