This readable but uncritical potpourri provides information on Costa Rican recipes, prices, business conditions, and customs, and so should be of some practical help to tourists and immigrants. The fact that officials of the Institute of Tourism are the only Costa Ricans mentioned in the foreword is indicative of the bill of fare. The volume falls completely short of its avowed purpose: “to give an understanding of Costa Rica—politically, economically, sociologically, and psychologically.” It adds nothing new to an understanding of the Costa Ricans, past or present.