Home Comforts

Home Comforts

The Art and Science of Keeping House

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1999
ISBN: 9780684814650
Characteristics: x, 884 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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clindsay0406 Sep 18, 2014

This book totally discouraged me. It's more than 800 pages long and reads like a rambling personal journal. Mendelson never states her thesis until several pages into the book. It's a double column layout and the font is probably size 8. I was hoping for bullet points. She wrote a dissertation.

Dec 07, 2005

Author Cheryl Mendelson out-Martha-Stewarts Martha Stewart with HOME COMFORTS, producing the definitive work for the domestic diva (or the domestic diva wannabe). In the first chapter, Mendelson confesses, I am a working woman with a secret life: I keep house. An on-and-off lawyer and professor in public, in private I launder and clean, cook from the hip, and devote serious time and energy to a domestic routine not so different from the one that defined my grandmothers as ''housewives.'' And what a routine it is! The book''s sections are entitled Food, Cloth, Cleanliness, Daily Life, Sleep, Safe Shelter, and Formalities; the author delves into minutiae such as the individual properties of natural and man-made fibres; how best to sort laundry; how to clean everything in the home from your crystal to your fireplace; how often to change your bedlinens; how and where to store your hats, gloves and shoes; and how to prevent injuries and accidents. I found the section on sorting laundry particularly entertaining: if I sorted my laundry the way the author suggests, I wouldn''t have time enough to do anything else! But all of the information in the book is tempered with good old common sense. There is an excellent glossary of fabric terms, and a definitive explanation of those hieroglyphics on clothing labels that are supposed to tell you how to launder the item. This is a fascinating reference and a darned good read to boot.


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