An unsensational packet, from Mrs. Burpee of the seed company and Fordhook Farms, this proceeds through the seasons and, for each season, alphabetically by vegetable--a plentiful spread including Brussels sprouts, celeriac, Chinese cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, and so on through zucchini. . . with references here and there to the Burpee varieties. For each vegetable, there are some basic gardening and preparation tips and some simple recipes, essentially Farm Journal-American in character with several sweet-and-sour dishes and a few Indian spices mixed in. There are also snatches of autobiography, with kitchen memories of a childhood in Palestine and a later one of growing cress on a doormat to emulate the cress on cocofiber sold in Dutch and Scandinavian markets. Older folks, in particular, are apt to find it congenial.