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Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living - Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it Paperback – January 4, 2011
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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.
Top customer reviews
This book has lots of homemaker tips on how to make good use of your time, be frugal, how to clean and repair things. Everything that your mother should have taught you but probablly forgot :)
This book can get a little boring to read, its not very colorful, but an economical book chock full of things to learn for sure!
Well I got news for you, nothing Heather Solos does is dull or, for that matter, normal. She approaches all parts of life with the gusto most of us reserve for the impending zombie sweeps week. The scary thing? I even caught my daughter reading this book - just for fun!
Years ago when I moved away from home after college, my mother gave me a copy of The Bachelor's Cookbook. It was fantastic book. Aimed for those, like myself, who knew nothing, the author made no assumptions. The book demonstrated oft overlooked skills like how to boil water and how to make minute rice. That book was a favorite of mine well beyond the time my dog ate the front cover off.
But that book has been replaced in my heart. Home-Ec 101, Skills for Everyday Living has replaced it due to combining those same types of overlooked skill sets with an amazing sense of humor. Now, not only can you look up the teaspoon equivalent of three cups, but you will get a good laugh while you do so.
This book should be on every graduation and wedding present list this Spring. Heck, colleges should just hand it to the graduates as they give the seniors there diplomas and send them off into the world of fire alarms and mixed color washing.
Heather Solos has a wry sense of humor and there are silly things sprinkled throughout the book. Who says home ec has to be boring? I took one home ec class in school and it was pretty much useless, so the rest of what I know has been through trial and many errors (resulting in melted blouses, among other things).
There are several appendices, including one on how to make your own inexpensive cleaners, and a section that tells you what NOT to mix with what else -- and why. I read the book through from front to back, but you don't have to read it in any order. This is definitely a handy guide to keep on the shelf for when you need information on cleaning particular types of floors, removing stains, or quick home repair jobs.