This is a combination vegetable garden book and how-to-do- it cookbook. In what ways does it differ from others in like combination? In the first place, an experienced gardener contributes his portion, an experienced cook (and writer of cookbooks- Stella Standard's Menus is one of my most useful cookbooks) her portion, so both sections are authoritative. This is a definite asset- only too often does a good gardener hurt his book by setting himself up as a cook. Another variation from the norm is that in both sections, basic procedures are taken for granted:- that the gardener knows- or can readily learn elsewhere- how to plant his seeds; that a housewife, using these recipes, is looking for something different, not basic preparation. Mr. Barr puts his emphasis on gardening as a delightful hobby that repays the time and effort in personal satisfaction. He charts various roads to organic gardening, modern procedures to good compost in combining manure and vegetable matter, in good soil as the answer to insect pests, to beauty in a garden through combining flowers and vegetables. The cookbook end takes thrifty vegetables and provides original recipes for varying their use. Some of the ideas seem a bit outre, but many are provocative and tempting. This for the experienced vegetable gardener and cook.