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footnote to history. "We Hungarians," he wrote, "have our last hope in what is going on in this building. It is very en couraging to know we have friends here. ... " The business of winning friends and influencing votes keeps delegates on a continuous round of luncheons, dinners, and receptions. Adlai Stevenson, in the few months he has been the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, has invited the heads of 95 missions to his Waldorf Towers suite. But much of the official entertaining goes on in the United Nations head quarters itself, in the Delegates' Dining Room, the West Terrace, and private dining rooms. The job of providing food and refreshment to delegates, Secretariat staff, press, and visiting public is im mense, and it is complicated by the culi nary tastes and taboos of nearly every culture on earth. Recipes Offered by Delegates' Wives I toured the kitchen with Mr. Frank W. Reickert, general manager of catering on loan to the U.N. from the Knott Hotel Corporation of New York. We watched the chef and 32 assistants operating a food factory with assembly-line effi ciency. "We work in the frame of a French American cuisine," Mr. Reickert told me, "but the special-of-the-day is always a dish from a different part of the world. Every three months we circle the globe by menu." "How do you get your recipes for for eign dishes?" I asked. "Well, the wives of delegates have a standing invitation to submit recipes. Not long ago one delegate's wife even in sisted on coming to the kitchen and per sonally cooking her favorite. "Our chef isn't infallible," Mr. Reickert recalled. "Once we had a request to serve adobo, a Philippine national dish. When I inquired, the chef said certainly, he knew how to fix it. "Adobo, a concoction of chicken and pork seasoned with garlic, duly appeared on the menu, and a luncheon party of Filipinos ordered it. " 'It was simply marvelous,' one diner said, folding his napkin. 'It wasn't adobo, of course, but it couldn't have been more delicious.' " KODACHROMEl) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOLCIIT Blue bird, symbolizing enlightenment leading to nation hood, soars above the teak image of a child that repre sents the U.N . Trust Territories. The sculpture, carved by Denmark's Henrik Starcke, adorns the Trusteeship Council chamber. Japanese guide Hiroko Shiokawa shows it to sixth-grade students from Long Island.