A good, all-time cookbook, for those who want one that covers the ground thoroughly. There is more of the machinery, the hows and whys of cooking, than in Fanny Farmer; more of the entertaining hostess aspects than in The Settlement Cook Book. America's Cookbook is perhaps its closest competitor, in content and coverage. I liked the handling of problems of use, of index, of terms, of methods, of measurements, of marketing. The menus are scattered through the book, linked with specific sections and topics. The recipes cover the whole range from drinks and their accompaniments, to leftovers. The business housekeeper, the problem of cooking for one alone, for two, outdoor cookery, children's meals, all have a place. There is even the famous 9-day reducing diet -- and there are calory tables and charts. As for the recipes themselves,- the answers seem all to be there, for the household that demands good American cooking, spiced with occasional inherited delicacies. But it is not a book for the gourmet -- that need must be met elsewhere.