Here are 75 menus, with accompanying recipes, and covering simple home meals, seasonal parties, great occasions, holiday menus, children's parties, and so on. The characteristic that strikes one forcibly is the good balance between dependable, orthodox food, and that unusual twist that gives the housewife the reputation for gourmet touches. The stress laid on planning for the servantless kitchen does not indicate that here are short cuts. Actually there are few -- or no -- short cuts to turning out the perfect meal. I found this provocative, suggestive, stimulating. I found, too, some recipes I've been hunting, notably one I sought in vain just last week through some sixty cookbooks, for Coq au vin. Next week-end, I'll use hers: A book I'll want to own.