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The Distracted Housewife's Library

Cath Homer
 
Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House: The Art and Science of Keeping House
Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House: The Art and Science of Keeping House
"Achingly comprehensive, but it never lets me down."
The New Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good Housekeeping
The New Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good Housekeeping
"A bit evangelical (and very American) but if you're messy, this book could change everything."
Domestic Bliss: How To Live
Domestic Bliss: How To Live
"Seriously stylish, with some great ideas.  I've tried quite a few things from this book."
House Rules
House Rules
"I wish I had time to be as glamorous as the people in this book.  I don't have a guest room, let alone a laundry room.   I can dream, though..."
Tidy Your Room: Getting Your Kids to Do the Things They Hate
Tidy Your Room: Getting Your Kids to Do the Things They Hate
"This stuff really works. My two-year old now dusts, polishes and is desperate to help.  Hope it lasts..."
The Last-Minute Party Girl: Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining
The Last-Minute Party Girl: Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining
"If I ever have time to party again... Very good for general entertaining ideas, too - and some fab recipes."
How Not to Be a Perfect Mother: The International Bestseller
How Not to Be a Perfect Mother: The International Bestseller
"THE best parenting book I've found.  Funny too."
How Not to Raise a Perfect Child
How Not to Raise a Perfect Child
"And again."
How Not to be A Perfect Family
How Not to be A Perfect Family
"And again."
New Toddler Taming: A Parents' Guide to the First Four Years
New Toddler Taming: A Parents' Guide to the First Four Years
"Not as funny, but very helpful indeed.  I especially  recommend the section on sleep and controlled crying.  It works for us, though the whole 'sedation' thing is still baffling."
Mr Thrifty's How to Save Money
Mr Thrifty's How to Save Money
"I bought for my husband.  We already did nearly everything in it, but it made us feel good!"
How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food
How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food
"I've got 200+ cookery books and this is my favourite.  Covered in splatters of God-knows-what and in use constantly.  Can't praise it enough!"
Lunches
Lunches
"This book, and the accompanying 'Suppers' rate very highly with me.  Good, sensible, family food."
Suppers
Suppers
"This and 'Lunches' (above) are great favourites.  Wholly unpretentious, and the recipes always work."
If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?!
If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?!
"This is my favourite one, but EVERY woman should read ALL of Cynthia Heimel's books.  They are, quite simply, brilliant, even if they are by now a little dated."