Cynthia Nims’ Salty Snacks (2012 Ten Speed Press) is full of easy ideas for entertaining over the holidays. With a collection of 75 recipes for savoury puffs, chips, crackers, breads, nuts, veggies and meats, Nims puts a fresh, crunchy spin on homemade snacks. Broaden your horizons beyond microwave popcorn and bagged chips to include inventive snacks like coconut crisps (pictured above) and carrot chips. With all the excess sodium and hidden preservatives in prepackaged foods, it’s smart to make your own savoury bites from scratch. Perfect as snacks before Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve cocktail parties, after-school snack time, or anytime you need a nosh, this collection’s easy techniques and exotic flavours are sure to delight anyone with a salty tooth.