For busy cooks, but not the Peg Bracken audience--the authors announce that weight-watchers and budget-fretters can skip it. Not for gourmets either--the pre-preparation angle offers most help and appeal to a cook with middling interest and experience. The recipes forbid shortcuts on ""the night before"" but take less than an hour at serving time, much less for many of the multi-national, hors d'oeuvres-to-dessert recipes. Illustrations, not seen, and twenty suggested menus including wines. Prominent promotion.