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The Gentle Art of Domesticity: Stitching, Baking, Nature, Art & the Comforts of Home Hardcover – August 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797364
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A gorgeous visual feast of domestic perfection, packed with ideas for creating your own idyll.' -- Eve Magazine 'The book... packed with jewel-bright pictures of her work, from shimmering iced cupcakes to knitted carrot-coloured tea cosies, is an eccentric delight.' -- Evening Standard 'Good for an interesting read, but even better for cute domestic projects and light-hearted words of wisdom.' -- House & Home (Eire) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jane Brocket is the creator of the gorgeously colorful blog www.yarnstorm.blogs.com, which has a huge international following. A Master of Wine and lapsed Ph.D. student, she lives with her husband and three children in Berkshire, England.

Customer Reviews

I discovered this book by reading the author's blog Yarnstorm.
Mum K
Update 3/17/09 the publisher has contacted me to let me know they have just done a second printing of this book with the correct recipe conversions.
N. Pearce
This really lovely book will give you a warm glow and lots of creative ideas for enjoying your home.
J. MACDONALD

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Red Clay Reader on December 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book suffers from a misleading title. "The Gentle Art of Domesticity" suggests a how-to book filled with recipes and patterns and helpful hints. A more accurate title might have been "The Portrait of the Artist as a Housewife" or "Gentle Domesticity: The Art of Jane Brocket."

Have no doubts about it: Jane Brocket is an artist. She has a vivid sense of color, pattern and texture that bursts through every page of this book. You wonder how anyone can bring themselves to eat her baked goods, they're so gorgeous. She is also a marvelous photographer.

Instead of a how-to book, consider this an illustrated argument that domestic crafts--knitting, quilting, baking, sewing--should be taken seriously as artistic endeavors, that utility is not the enemy of beauty, that everyday things can and should be aesthetically pleasing, that there is value in the homemade. The domestic arts are deeply pleasurable for both those who practice them as well as for those who are the lucky recipients of homemade socks and brilliantly frosted cupcakes.

When I was a kid, back in the '70s, it was common for people to say, "If women are equal to men, why are there no great women artists?" It took me years to realize that I was surrounded by great women artists, knitters, needleworkers, and cooks, to mention only a few. Jane Brocket is an artist. Her book is inspiring, visually delightful, and well-written. I enjoyed learning more about her process and her thoughts about color (she is a color genius) and the joys of crafting.

My only caveat would be: Understand what kind of book you're getting yourself into before you buy it. The negative reviews posted here seem to be the result of people buying "The Gentle Art of Domesticity" thinking it would be something other than what it is.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Luxton on October 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because it was recommended in some of my favorite blogs but I must agree with the 2 star review that the author seems almost secretly embarrassed that she spends her days cooking, knitting, quilting, etc. So coming out to the world with this book she brings up her education credentials constantly. I guess I am trying to express that I found her writing (to emulate her dearth of the common vernacular) grandiloquent. So that is the Hate part of the review. The Love part is that I do like to look into what inspires, moves & drives people to create. I am a list person so an introduction to some new movies, artists, recipes and places kept me reading. I personally do not subscribe to her color theory but the product & photos are beautiful. So my final word is I am happy to have read the book. I feel I got my money's worth but I would recommend skipping her more pretentious passages. I mean, really, when is the last time you used the word ludic?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shoshana37 on March 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm really perplexed by the snippy reviews here. This book was wonderful! What's wrong with Mrs. Brocket mentioning her education? It's fascinating that she started off in search of a doctorate and then veered off in an entirely different direction because she really listened to her heart. I found her unpretentious - she makes a point of underplaying her gifts, reminding the reader repeatedly that her talents are humble, but she gets as much joy from them as possible. Most lifestyle books are tediously written, with generic, safe language right out of your average women's magazine. I liked the quirkiness of Jane Brocket's voice.

I haven't tested any recipes yet, so I appreciate the comments by other reader who discovered that the conversions were off. Mostly, though, I want this book for inspiration. It lifts me above my daily stresses and makes me want to do a bit of gardening, learn to knit (something colorful), read a few Persephone novels or watch an old Cary Grant movie - simple, affordable pleasures for a difficult time. This was the first lifestyle book I ever bothered to read cover-to-cover. I carried my library copy for weeks on my bus ride to work and it was the most wonderful escapist pleasure. I lost myself in the colors and the vivid sense of happiness and a life well-lived, and I walked into work smiling. I will definitely be buying a copy.
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful By thesweetestpea on September 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited when this book was released in the US, however I find myself disappointed.

The photos are fantastic and the few (maybe five or so?) recipes that are in this book interest me. Other than that this book falls flat. I find the book MUCH too wordy (and yes, I know books usually do contain many words). She just talked about herself way too much, almost to the point of annoyance. It seems like a collection of favorite stories, quilts (no patterns, just pictures), knitting (once again, just photos), and favorite movies and books. The reader is also constantly reminded of her education throughout the book (MA, MW, shelved PhD).

Long story short- this seems like a personal journal full of fantastic photos. I don't know the author, so I couldn't really care less about her personal prefrences. I feel like this will be a nice book for her children/grandchilren one day. Way too personal. I really don't feel that this should be called a "craft book". This book is more inspirational if anything.

I will keep the book though, only for the photos.
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More About the Author

Jane Brocket is the acclaimed author of four books including The Gentle Art of Domesticity (STC Craft, 2007) and The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking (C&T Publishing, 2010). She started writing about, and photographing, colour, pattern, quilting, knitting, cakes and the texture of everyday domestic life in 2005 on her blog Yarnstorm (www.yarnstorm.blogs.com).

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