In an area where bad cookbooks abound, the editors of Seventeen have in the main avoided the pitfalls and produced an excellent -- if unduly oversize -- cookbook for the young. The introductory material actually does approach the subject from the assumption of ""know virtually nothing"" and provides abc information on equipment, terms, utensils and procedures. An adult might question the selection of items for the first meal- but psychologically a glamorous gesture may keep the young aspirant cooking! Occasionally, the experienced cook will wonder if too much is assumed about such things as routine seasoning and alternate procedure (Lacking a named piece of equipment). One wonders too if there might be a bit more reliance placed on packaged foods. But the only basic criticism has to do with the inclusion of too many frills, fancy terminology, and woman's magazine trickery. Aren't teenagers too hungry to want to bother? Everything is here -- even the yeast breads and some gourmet cookery. And the last section is devoted to cooking and planning- for parties round the year, for quantity preparation (parties of 40!) etc.