I've found Anne Robbins' Twenty Five Vegetables Anyone Can Grow (Crowell) an exceedingly useful, down to earth handbook. Her How To Cook Well (also Crowell) is just one of those cookbooks that spurs one on to bigger and better things. And now comes this excellent -- and not too fancy- handbook on growing annuals, which are the choice for beginning gardeners, and essential as fill-ins for the most experienced gardener. The one fault I find in this book is the introduction- too early in the text- of what seems a bit too advanced information on hybridizing, which might prove misleading to the uninitiated. Otherwise her preliminaries on the reading of seed catalogues, the selection of seeds, the limitations of extent of gardens, and so on, is sound. Particularly useful is the section on starting seeds indoors in early Spring- the do's and don'ts. The main part of the book is an alphabetical listing of annuals, with all the necessary data on varieties, when to plant, how to plant, care and cultivation, and suggested planting combinations. Occasionally she introduces some interesting bits of plant lore and history. A good basic book- should have a plus sale with young gardeners.