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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Book Peddlers; 1st edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916773531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916773533
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Feed Me I'm Yours, my first book, began as a local fund raising cookbook in 1974 and turned me into an author. I thought it was the only book I'd ever write and then for a while, I thought that each new book would be my last. Was I wrong!

Along the way I also became a publisher. Feed Me I'm Yours was first published from my husband's and my home on Meadowbrook Lane (i.e., Meadowbrook Press). Our company grew very fast as we learned the publishing business. After our divorce 8 years later, I left Meadowbook Press with no plans of being a publisher again. However, as the books I wrote for others went out of print, I established my own imprint, Book Peddlers, which now publishes over half of my 30 titles...including (naturally) Vicki Lansky's Divorce Book for Parents.

When you write parenting books, everyone glances critically at your children. Thank goodness mine had the good grace to turn out well. Despite my mistakes (and they'll be the first to point them out) my thirty-something twosome have survived and thrived in spite of having had a "professional" mother. Lucky me!

I think my mother would be astonished to know that I give out cleaning and household advice to millions of people as a columnist for Family Circle magazine. After all, she 'not I' had made a career of homemaking. In 1988, when Family Circle asked me to be a contributing editor to their "Help" column, I was delighted. This would be a place for me to share "grown-up" tips. I was now moving beyond the days of needing to know that peanut butter removes gum from children's hair!

Writing about household hints has been more of an education than I ever dreamt. I'm often asked what my favorite tip is. Usually it's the one I've not heard before, which is what keeps my work so interesting. My books on Baking Soda tips and Vinegar tips have sold in the hundreds of thousands copies. Amazing. How lucky I am to be able to share so many helpful ideas...and it is good, clean FUN too.

Recently we have had most of my titles made available in eBook format.

I'm not sure of my next projects as I've decided to cut back a bit on my book life and work a little more on just my life. But I'm never far from my computer and I know there are idea gremlins scrambling around my brain waiting to escape. Stay tuned.....

For more about Vicki Lansky look her up on Wikipedia.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicki_Lansky)

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The book is a great way to get started.
Zino Davidoff
I think vinegar is great, and this book shares its history, uses for food and cleaning, how to make it and much more.
Jbell
This book has many great tips for uses of vinegar.
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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
In Vinegar, Vicki Lansky (a contributing editor to "Family Circle" magazine) provides homemakers with a complete and comprehensive household reference to the uses of vinegar as a home remedy, diet aid, stain remover, condiment, odor eater, grooming aid, preservative, cleaner, recipe ingredient, and more. Lansky reveals the history of this versatile kitchen ingredient along with such invaluable advice as to how to make basic vinegar, how long it can be safely stored, and how to make flavored vinegars. There is even information about vinegar museums and science tricks involving vinegar and suitable for kids to perform. Vinegar is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to family and community library reference collections.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2009
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A book filled with so many useful tips in such an easy reading style easily earns five stars. "Vinegar: over 400 various, versatile, and very good uses you've probably never thought of"-- The title alone tells you just how much you are missing without this book.

Home remedy, diet aid, stain remover, condiment, odor eater, grooming aid, preservative, cleaner, recipe ingredient--that's our vinegar!

Home Remedy: To relieve poison ivy itching, pat on a mixture of cider vinegar and water and let dry. (I wish I had known this two weeks ago when the last of four (4!!) different episodes of poison ivy rashes were finally disappearing. I've been clearing out different areas of my yard with heavy poison ivy growth. I had poison ivy rashes three months, almost non-stop!)

Grooming aid: To an unfinished bottle of water add a little vinegar and use for a hair rinse; to get rid of hair lice and dandruff, rinse with white vinegar and water.

Preservative: Use vinegar for making pickles (which I do every summer). The acid kills bacteria. Using white or cider vinegar determines taste outcome. There's a recipe for making pickled eggs.

Recipe ingredient: How about Vinegar Pie? (It's really a custard pie!) If you're out of wine, use a flavored vinegar in making Coq au Vin. If you add too much salt to a recipe, cut the salty taste with a spoonful of vinegar and sugar (this idea is going to my sister-in-law, heavy-handed with a salt shaker!).

Cleaner: Clean out your drain and garbage disposal with a special combination of baking soda and vinegar. Spray vinegar (use an old empty sprayer or find one in the travel section of your pharmacy) full strength on a cutting board at night and don't rinse.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. Varry on June 1, 2007
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If you want to go green this is a way to start. Vinegar does an amazing number of things to keep your house and yourself in top shape. And best of all it does not leave a lingering smell as other cleaners do. Try it.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nora Sline on September 21, 2007
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This book will help us toss out expensive chemical products to acheive the same results with less harm to ourselves, our children and our environment. Use it liberally without fear. One thing, you can use a small amount of diluted vinegar as a rinse for washable silks. Silk is a protein, like your hair, both of which benefit from the acid to rebalance their ph.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zino Davidoff on February 26, 2008
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If you've read the other reviews you know what this book is about. Just wanted to confirm the positive aspects... this book has solved so many problems that I've become the vinegar guy among friends. I just can't help telling people how well it works for this or that, and have seen many converts. Yes I know it sounds ridiculous at first... until you try it.

Worried about the smell...? It's no big deal and I'm very sensitive to smells. The vinegar smell goes away very, very quickly. Commercial products cost literally many-times the amount and contain all kinds of cheap perfumes. Who needs it?

We get white vinegar at Sam's Club, 2 gallons for $3.00. It's cleaned the skunk smell off my dogs, saved a beautiful vintage bathroom faucet that had lime scale that caused it to drip, cleans rust off metal and kills weeds in the driveway. I've used it with great success to clean the glass-top of our stove, with table salt as an abrasive.

The book is a great way to get started.

A couple of cautions:
Be aware that mixing vinegar with chlorine bleach creates poisonous mustard gas. You CAN hurt yourself or your pets! Also, keep it away from electronic circuits... dampen a cloth to clean the appliance knobs, but NEVER let it get inside a device or you may lose the function of your equipment. I learned this the hard way.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. Alsup on June 18, 2011
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You're paying for time. The time that you would use for researching vinegar and the uses online is cut drastically. This book has several different uses for vinegar. I think what bothered me the most is that the author said she doesn't know if everything in the book works or not. I thought that was a little weird. The information tends to repeat itself as well. Overall, helpful information.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Valerie B. Lull on May 24, 2012
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This is probably the most practical, and useful book I've read in a decade. I did not know that there were so many kinds of vinegar, and I really did not now how versatile and useful it is, not to mention cheap (the white kind that you can use around the house).

It was like a glimpse into yesteryear and how my grandmother kept things sweet and clean before all these popular cleaning chemicals were invented. For example, running your washing machine on an empty cycle with one cup of vinegar to clean out the pipes and hoses, or doing the same with the dish washer. I did not know that washing in vinegar water could make your glassware shine, or that it was good for cleaning toilets. It is good for everything from pet stains to fireplace bricks, to jazzing up your clothes in the laundry, to adding to your pet's water to combat fleas! It's useful in the kitchen,the bathroom, for beauty and grooming, as a home remedy for minor medical problems, outside in the yard, in your car, for cleaning up after kids, etc.

I'm getting carried away with household uses. The author also discusses vinegar for culinary uses. I was in awe of the concept of vinegar pie. I've never heard of such a thing. I'm just wondering what that would taste like? There are tons of hints on cooking with vinear like vinigrettes and salad dressings, makiing your own vinegar, recipes for making your own flavored vinegars, and desserts made with vinegar.

What appealed to me most was all the money I can save on expensive cleaners on things that can be done simply and cheaply with vinegar. I would say that this book is a must in every home. -- Valerie Lull, Author Ten Healthy Teas
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