By Caren Weiner Campbell
Updated February 12, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Having swallowed up the online Gourmet Guide and, California cook Kate Heyhoe’s gastronomical guidebook expands the horizons of would-be gourmands with best recipes (peppermint brownies, anyone?), culinary tips (what Brits call a biscuit, Americans call a cracker), and such useful sections as ”I Love Chocolate” and ”Pasta, Risotto & You.” Worth celebrating — and salivating.