Monday, March 3, 2008

Tuesday Talks: "Home Comforts" by Cheryl Mendelson

Today I'm going to review a wonderful book that is quite a valuable resource for keepers at home and stay at home daughters. It's called, "Home Comforts" by Cheryl Mendelson.

This book is more of a reference book and isn't exactly meant to be read from cover to cover. It's filled with 884 pages of practical tips on the keeping of the home.

Here is the book's description:

The classic bestselling resource for every American home. Choosing fabrics, cleaning china, keeping the piano in tune, making a good fire, folding a fitted sheet, setting the dining room table, keeping surfaces free of food pathogens, watering plants, removing stains -- Home Comforts addresses the meanings as well as the methods of hands -- on housekeeping to help you manage everyday chores, find creative solutions to modern domestic dilemmas, and enhance the experience of life at home.

Further topics include: Making up a bed with hospital corners, Expert recommendations for safe food storage, Reading care labels (and sometimes carefully disregarding them), Keeping your home free of dust mites and other allergens, Home safety and security, A summary of laws applicable to the home, including privacy, accident liability, contracts, and domestic employees and more in this practical, good-humored, historic, philosophical, even romantic, guidebook to the art of household management.

The general chapters are:

-Cloth (includes ways to get tough stains out of various fabrics)
-Daily Life (with chapters like "fireplaces","images and recordings", and "pets")
-Sleep (with ways to make beds and care for different types of bedding)
-Safe Shelter (ways to make your home safe and hazard-free)

I refer to this book quite often and re-read chapters from time to time. I believe it's a must have for any young woman! It's also a great book for a hope chest! I highly recommend it.

You can buy it from our Astore or your local bookstore.


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The Chatty Housewife- said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing. I put it on my list of books to check out of the library, hopefully they have it!

Maria Pauline said...

I love this book! My mother suggested we sell it when I finish it, but I want to keep it forever.

I encourage everyone to buy a copy of this book. You will want to keep it.

Maiden Of Virtue said...

This is definitely a great book to read and refer to- I am putting one in my hope chest as well. It is an all-around really good book for homekeeping!


WendyJanelle said...

Great! Thank you for suggesting it. I love this kind of book, and hadn't heard of it. I wonder if it's at our local library...
I'd like to check it out before I purchase one.

WendyJanelle said...

The recommendation from One of the Bunch looks great, too. We homeschoolers always need encouragement and support!! :-)

Maiden Of Virtue said...

Tag! Flibby and Poppy, you're it! You can find the rules at my blog:

One Of The Bunch

Have fun!