Somehow we missed the earlier book, so we are making up for the omission by reporting on them jointly. These are definitely menu books, books to help the housekeeper or hostess who needs a jolt to her complacency to plan more interesting and varied meals. And they do the jot. I found both books chockful of original and appetizing the recipes themselves (which accompany the menus) are reasonably economical. (Can one be too economical and rate high as a cook?) The second volume takes the question of shortages and atitutes and sugarless recipes and butterless recipes and meatless meals into consideration with excellent results. The indexing is good-and that is not always true of cookbooks. The first volume sold about 30,000, and this should prove as popular, and creats now buyers for the first volume.