This elementary textbook on the fundamentals of biochemistry is intended especially for use by students of home economics. Accordingly it has been designed to furnish a background for courses in dietetics and nutrition. The book fulfils its purpose exceedingly well. The material in each chapter is presented in didactic style with a minimum of names of investigators and with little information about the experimental procedures which have led to the conclusions given. Doubtless this method of presentation is necessary for an elementary course. There are two or three references at the end of each chapter to other books on the subject. The volume fulfils its purpose of providing the essentials of chemical physiology that are required for a further study of nutrition by college students.