No surprises in this one, which is filled with a variety of mostly quick-to-prepare and easy-on-the-budget recipes, plus a host of menu suggestions, helpful hints. While some recipes require the addition of a can of soup or ready-made stuffing mix, most call for fresh ingredients and cover standard favorites as well as some more innovative ones. Main courses range from Old-Fashioned Beef Stew to Duck with Orange Sauce. Starters and accompaniments include a Basil, Carrot and Chicken Patâ€š, Monastery Lentil Soup and such vegetable dishes as Brussels Sprouts Soufflâ€š and Ratatouille. Nutrient values per serving precede each recipe and many dishes are supplemented by microwave and freezing directions. As might be expected, desserts abound, with several chocolate cakes, a Raspberry Roll, Mimosa Cake, and cookies galore. The pies include Spiced Raisin, Sour Cream-Walnut and Chocolate Chiffon. And if all this disturbs the conscience, among the selection of lo-cal desserts is a Yogurt Fresh Fruit Pie and No-Bake Black Forest Refrigerator Cake; all made with or without artificial sweetners. In sum: 304 recipes, 84 menu plans and 105 helpful hints. Worthwhile.