For gifts that keep on giving -- yearlong and lifelong -- look no further. These books are readable, reliable choices for the health-conscious folks on your Christmas list.
Away from home
*"Fast Food Facts: Nutrition and Exchange Values for Fast Food Restaurants." Marion J. Franz. 3rd Edition. DCI Publishing, 1990.
*"The Restaurant Companion: A Guide to Healthier Eating Out." Hope S. Warsaw. Surrey Books, 1990.
*"Eating On the Run." Evelyn Tribole. Life Enhancement Publications, 1987.
*"Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook." Nancy Clark. Leisure Press, 1990.
*"Food For Sport." Nathan J. Smith, Bonnie Worthington-Roberts. Bull Publishing Co., 1989.
*"Eat to Compete: A Guide to Sports Nutrition." Marilyn S. Peterson and Keith Peterson. Year Book Medical Publishers, 1989.
*"Eating for Endurance." Ellen Coleman. Bull Publishing Co., 1988.
*"Child Of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense, and How to Get Your Kid To Eat . . . But Not Too Much." Ellyn Satter. Bull Publishing Co., Distributed in the United States by Kampmann, 1986.
*"A Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Prevention and Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia." Brett Valette. Avon Books, 1990.
*"A Healthy Head Start: A Worry-Free Guide to Feeding Young Children." Mary Abbott Hess, Anne Elise Hunt, Barbara Motenko Stone. H. Holt, 1990.
*"Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables From A to Z." Lois Ehlert. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.
*"The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food." Stan and Jan Berenstain. Random House, 1985.
*"Gregory, the Terrible Eater." Mitchell Sharmat. Four Winds Press: Macmillan, 1985.
*Environmental Nutrition, 2112 Broadway, Suite 200, N.Y., N.Y. 10023; (212) 362-0424. $36/year, published monthly.
*Nutrition Forum, Journal Fulfillment Dept., J. B. Lippencott, Downsville Pike, Route 3, Box 20-B, Hagerstown, Md. 21740; (800) 638-3030. $30/year, published bimonthly.
*Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Letter, P.O. Box 57857, Boulder, Colo. 80322. $20/year, published monthly.
Colleen Pierre, a registered dietitian, is the nutrition consultant to the Union Memorial Sports Medicine Center in Baltimore and national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.