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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If only I had the amount of idle time on my hands she apparently does, to iron underwear, fold sheets I vacuum 3x a week correctly, reline my chimney, bake scones, make my own... Read morePublished 15 days ago by No1
Amazing book. Fun to read with wonderful information for those who value cleanliness!Published 19 days ago by Heather Loomis
The book is ok, but too much of extra unneeded thing. Feels like someone was trying to make it bigger.Published 1 month ago by Maksym
The best book on homemaking that I have ever read or would ever need. Period.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Poor adaptation into e-book. Numerous scanning errors. The original text contains multiple internal references, but few of these are hyperlinked in the Kindle book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Rice