In which the poverty dinner is not equated with pea soup, this collection of recipes begins with a nickel dinner (now 25 cents)-- a minestrone, and two others-- a Still Life Omelet and a pot au feu called Cats'lleatit (lots of innards). The collection of more imaginative recipes for the indigent grows; herbs and wine decorate and disguise throughout; in fact it is prefaced with the directives that fresh bread be served, butter used, and wine accompany each meal. Many of the recipes are on the cosmopolitan side and some are outright exotic. Lots of personal annotations all synchronizing the gourmet-in-a-garret origin and destination. Try New York and San Francisco first. It's an additive, certainly not basic.