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Mendelson, a homemaker, lawyer, and mother, learned about housekeeping from an early age from her grandmothers, one Appalachian, the other Italian. The two grandmothers taught her that although different ways of keeping house can be appropriate, there are generally smarter, faster, and more creative ways of housekeeping that make it less of a chore and more of an art. In a practical, authoritative tone, Mendelson discusses the ins and outs of homemaking, such as washing dishes, recommended cleaning methods for various surfaces, housekeeping for those with pets or allergies, and emergency preparedness and safety procedures.
Mendelson's well-researched book includes meticulous sections on food (for example, which foods belong in the fridge versus the pantry, food storage times, picking the freshest fruits and vegetables, and keeping your kitchen and food sanitary) as well as laundry (caring for various fabrics, how to read--and read between the lines of--clothing care labels, and removing stains). Mendelson covers a lot of ground, and as she herself points out, readers shouldn't feel required to do everything mentioned in the book--simply pick the activities that seem appropriate for your particular home.--Kris Law --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Home Comforts is a lengthy, thorough, plainly written book which doesn't assume the reader knows anything to start with. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark Pack
This book provides clear and in depth information and strategies with regard to home making. It is wonderful and adicitve reading. It inspires mePublished 1 month ago by Jane Hart
I had high hopes for this book. However there seemed to be WAY too much information about things that you don't necessarily need to know, or already do know (I imagine most people... Read morePublished 3 months ago by fivefingersfivetoes
I must admit to thinking this would be a cringe making book about housework. However, much to my surprise, it has given me a new take on cleanliness and hygiene in the home and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by beth lamb
This is my holy grail of homekeeping books. At over 800 pages this book covers in depth (perhaps a little too much) subjects such as laundry, food, and cleaning. Read morePublished on 22 May 2013 by Cam
I absolutely adore this book ... and it's all about keeping house!
Cheryl Mendelson manages to turn caring for your home and family into an art form with her book "Home... Read more
I found this like a scholarly text book so i returned it!
You may find it useful if you are doing a thesis or if you like a lot of detail and history!