TO MANY persons a new cook book may seem an ill-advised and altogether unnecessary work; but when we consider the leaps and bounds by which domestic science has in the last few years progressed and the eagerness with which the modern woman strives to learn the newer and better ways of doing things, there seems to be ample need for a work that is at once comprehensive and up-to-date.

The author has endeavored to make the recipes as economical as possible and has suggested a few ways in which the expense of foods and their preparation may be reduced. She has desired above all things to simplify the work of the kitchen and to reduce the present high cost of living.

The recipes are planned for a family of four, because four seems to be the average number today. They can readily be divided by two for a family of two, multipled by one and a half for a family of six, multiplied by three-fourths for a family of three, etc. Some things, like cakes, for instance, will serve more than four; but they will keep for several days, and are better made on the original scale.

It is the earnest wish of the author that this book may lighten the labors of many women and carry to them suggestions of variety and economy. Housekeeping should be a delight instead of drudgery, and perhaps it is for the women of America, with their ingenuity and eagerness to try new ways of doing things, to show the world that woman's work in this, her special field, is neither menial nor stupid.

Acknowledgment is here made of the kindness of the friends who have contributed recipes, and especially of the courtesy of The Ladies' Home Journal in permitting reproductions of copyrighted cuts which originally appeared in black-and-white and in color in the pages of that magazine. Much help and inspiration have also been received from the very able bulletins published from time to time by the United States Department of Agriculture.