This is the most enticing cookbook that has come my way this season -- or for that matter, in many a month (and I am a pushover for cookbooks). I found myself at midnight carefully copying out recipe after recipe for my own use. The viewpoint is refreshing, there's humor and originality in the side comments, even in the introductions to various favorite family dishes. There are recipes for all sorts of things found in books and seldom in cookbooks,- red flannel hash, hot tamale pie, pea shortcake, the bishop's bean pet roast. The order is unorthodox, the omissions would baffle the neophyte with this as an only cookbook. But for the cookbook addict with a yen for a new sensation, here is the cookbook to add to the working shelf. To be sure, as a ""countryman"", Haydn Pearson accepts the existence of cream and butter and plentiful eggs in every refrigerator, and makes a few salty comments on stingy cooks. You can sell this book- and use it too. Let's hope it has an efficient cross index.