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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. This is a comprehensive reference book that should serve homemakers well and induce a greater appreciation for the effort and specialized knowledge that go into keeping house. --Kris Law
Great book! Note that all the information from the Laundry book by the same author is found in this book.Published 15 days ago by Amit M. Shanker
This book is a wonder! It doesn't matter if your home is a mansion or a tent, the author helps you make the best of it. Cheryl Mendelson gets to the heart of the home, comfort. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lorriedel
Especially great for young people, anyone really. This covers so much in managing a home.Published 1 month ago by Angela Book
I thought it would have more tips about how to actually do things from an authoritative perspective, instead in comes off as overly preachy regarding what your attitude should be. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book because It has so much information in it! I've been referencing it pretty regularly, and it's full of helpful hints and recommendations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Earth Creature
An excellent resource for both the beginner and advanced home maker.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really good information on cleaning everything you can think of. Great used book,would never know,looks like new.Published 7 months ago by JUDITH GRIMES