An assortment of vintage cookbooks!
Who doesn't appreciate some new recipes to try out for the holidays? The Woman's Day "Famous French Cookery" contains such kitschy visual delights as....
A Veal and Ham Mousse, which according to the book "is easy to prepare and can be made well in advance. Served with crackers or bread, it can accompany cocktails with elegance" (especially when decorated with squeezable cheese, and surrounded by vegetables filled with same).
I think Julia Child would turn over in her grave at the sight of what is one of the least appetizing looking meals in the book - Filet of Sole Veronique, "a dish any cook would be proud to serve". Those round things floating in the white sauce are green grapes.
The Holiday Cookbook has recipes for every holiday of the year, and it suggests that Crab Nippies (recipe above) would be an excellent Hors d'oeuvre to serve on New Year's Eve. I would make these just to be able to say to guests, "Crab Nippie?"
The above pictured cookbooks, and many others, are available at City Lights Bookshop.