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Exotic Recipes From Around the World

Exotic doesn't have to mean involved. The adventurous mom who likes ethnic foods will want Padma Lakshmi's Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes For Every Day ($35). Padma's a busy TV host and mom, so she's designed recipes along the lines of tangy jicama salad, South Indian spinach and lentil soup, and barbecue Korean short ribs to offer abundant ethnic flavors without complicated instructions or ingredients.