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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440308535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440308536
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Heather Solos created home-ec101.com in 2007. The site had nearly 400,000 visitors in 2009. The website and the author have been featured by StrollerDerby, ParentDish, Lowcountry Parent, The Post and Courier, and ReadCharlie. The website was also cited as a reference in Woman's Day Magazine. Solos has served as a featured blogger on Type-A Mom and Blissfully Domestic. Hidden by her monitor, Heather Solos is charming, a little snarky, and can answer household questions with the greatest of ease. In public, she's a little shy and happiest at the nerd's table riffing on web tech and shiny toys over beer and nachos. At home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she's a writer and blogger. She stays busy with four kids and a patient husband who doesn't seem to mind living in a test kitchen where food must be photographed before it is served.

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Hidden by her monitor, Heather Solos is charming, a little snarky, and can answer household questions with the greatest of ease. In public, she's a little shy and happiest at the nerd's table riffing on web tech and shiny toys over beer and nachos. At home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she's a writer and blogger. She stays busy with four kids and a patient husband who doesn't seem to mind living in a test kitchen where food must be photographed before it is served. Visit her website at Home-Ec101.com.

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Highly recommend as the gift you give at graduation parties, wedding showers and for a house warming.
Mary Johnson
I really enjoyed this chapter and am looking forward to reading the rest of the book - I think there is something to be gained for everyone who reads this book!
SaraV
This chapter puts it in perspective and is a quick easy informative read, with a dash of humor to make it fun.
A. Fleming

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mirek on February 15, 2011
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I love having this book available in an e book. It is great, because it is easily searchable for whatever cooking or cleaning advice you might need. It is very easy to navigate, and I found myself using it within a day of me downloading the book for the best way to remove wallpaper, and it worked great. The hints, how-tos, and tips are concise and well tested, written with wise words, sprinkled with humor. This is a book that is good for just about anyone. I have a feeling I will be giving this book to the newly graduated college kids in my life, as well as first time homeowners, or those newlyweds. We all stand to benefit from the wisdom that Heather Solos has provided us with, all without the information overload of searching the web for it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheepmama on March 20, 2011
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This is a great book! I wish I'd had it when I was setting up my first home away from home. And even then, wish my mom had had it too! Had many chuckles flipping through this book, and the conversational tone makes it far more readable, enjoyable, and thus useful, than most other references on this subject. Despite having been a home maker for over a decade, I learned a few new tricks looking through. The charts in this book alone make it well worth its value. Tips on how not to mix your cleansers into a deadly concoction, disaster preparedness for the conspiracy theorist and unfortunate realist alike, down to simple things like menu planning and chore charts. A must have for any household.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Mah on March 19, 2011
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Full of hints, tips and techniques written in that funny, quirky Heather style. If you know Heather (I do), you'll know what I mean. If you don't know Heather, you'll get an idea of the kind of person she's like as you read the book. Perhaps the most entertaining book on home economics you'll ever read.

Heather's book, like her website [...] is divided into 4 sections: Cook it, Clean it, Wash it, Fix it. Each section includes tips, techniques, hints and suggestions for dealing with various parts of the household, interspersed with posts from the website. You'll find the toilet cleaning tutorial on pg 66. Basic mending techniques for clothing are covered in chapter 10. Save time dealing with laundry by skipping the underwear folding (pg 119). Do you burn water in the kitchen? Head straight for the Cook it section.

It's a great book to read that will leave you chuckling and ready to take on the house.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Romeo on April 13, 2011
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Look out GoodHousekeeping! Move over Betty Crocker! Heloise, you day as reigning champion of household tips is over! If there is a book that is the 21st century standard that should be a gift for every new couple starting out, it is [author: Heather Solos] Home-Ec 101.

From the cover, to the topics covered, it starts to look like (and is probably an homage to) a 1950's "housewife guide book." Fortunately for the reader, Heather's writing personality and writing style come through wonderfully, and rather than your static, boring how to, you get fresh, current, real world tips and ideas that are useful *today* (after all how many people are still trying worried about caring and storage for a mink stoll these days?)

This book is essentially a "Cliff Notes" version of the home-ec101.com website. This is a good thing, because first, it gives many basic day to day problems a solution and keeps them at your fingertips (because, if the power is out, it is hard to look for a solution on how to fix it on a computer with no power, isn't it?), and because that means, when you are done with this book (though, are you ever really "done" with a good reference book?), there is a whole world more information available from Heather readily available for you to continue reading. Unlike your favorite thriller author where you will have to wait months if not years for the next installment, you can see tips and tricks that didn't make this book, and the possible tips and solutions that may make up the next edition, as they are being developed... on a basically daily basis.

If there is one drawback to this book, it is that by making it so clearly a sort of tongue in cheek dedication to the 1950's housewife, it will not be picked up by as many men as it probably should be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily on December 26, 2011
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I had been eyeballing this book for some time on Amazon.... after being able to read for free with prime on kindle, I am glad I didn't purchase it. HOWEVER, I am not negatively reviewing this book. The authors writing style with her own added humor was a great addition to this book. I felt this book was too basic for me although I did obtain some very helpful hints throughout. I am a homemaker with 2 children (11&8) and an even messier husband :) Over the past couple years I have become a real "nester" and cleaning and organizing actually is somewhat of a hobby, theraputic and enjoyable at times for me ( I promise, I am not crazy). There really is joy and satisfaction to be found in keeping a well maintained home, so in my continuing efforts, I am always looking for ways to improve. This book is excellent and full of great information for those starting out or those who do have the natural "Susy homemaker" gene. I found a lot of the info to be too basic for me, but for those on a different level or life situation than myself, I found that this book would be very useful to have on hand to refer back to from time to time. For that reason, I felt it was a 4-star book, because it really is quite good.
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