Home Comforts

The Art and Science of Keeping House

Author: Cheryl Mendelson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743272862

Category: House & Home

Page: 896

View: 6709

Ranging from suggestions for the care of musical instruments to maintaining home safety, a celebration of and guide to the finer points of home-keeping offers a contemporary, creative, and positive take on a traditional subject
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Home Comforts

The Art and Science of Keeping House

Author: Cheryl Mendelson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743272382

Category: House & Home

Page: 896

View: 6671

Home Comforts is something new. For the first time in nearly a century, a sole author has written a comprehensive book about housekeeping. This is not a dry how-to manual, nor a collection of odd tips and hints, a cleaning book, a history book, or an arid encyclopedia compiled by a committee or an institute. Home Comforts is a readable explanation for both beginners and experts of all the domestic arts -- choosing fabrics, keeping the piano in tune, caring for books, making a good fire in the fireplace and avoiding chimney fires, ironing and folding, setting up a good reading light, keeping surfaces free of food pathogens, and everything else that modern people might want to do for themselves in their homes. But this reliable and thorough book on the practicalities of housekeeping is also an argument for the importance of private life and the comforts offered by housekeeping. Cheryl Mendelson is a philosopher, lawyer, sometime professor, and a homemaker, wife, and mother. Home Comforts is based on her domestic education, which she acquired while growing up on a farm in the hills of Greene County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, from her grandmothers, aunts, and mother. Learning from the distinct domestic styles of her native Appalachian relatives and her Italian immigrant relatives, she appreciated early on how important domestic customs are to a sense of comfort and identity in life. She writes out of love and respect for her subject, and hopes to inspire others to develop the affection and respect for home life and housework she was fortunate to have learned. Mendelson addresses the meanings as well as the methods of housekeeping with a keen sense of the history and values involved. The result is a warm, good-humored, engagingly written book with a message and a point of view, one that is overflowing with useful reflections and information. The clarity, breadth, and depth of the information collected here are unparalleled. You can read Home Comforts for thoughtful entertainment or use its ample index to help you find the answers to practical domestic questions. There is nothing quite like it. Among this book's unique features: · A skeptical discussion of the excessive use of disinfectants in the home. · How to iron a dress shirt and how to fold sheets. · How to make up a bed with hospital corners. · How to do all basic sewing stitches. · How to choose proper sizes for sheets, tablecloths, and other household linens. · How to set the table for informal and formal meals. · Expert recommendations for safe food storage. · The most exhaustive and reliable information on fabrics, textile fibers, and their laundering, drying, and other care that exists for nonprofessionals. · A thorough explanation of care labels and why and how you should often (carefully) disregard them. · Housekeeping guidelines for people with pets or with allergies. · What to do about dust mites. · How to clean and care for wood, china and crystal, jewelry, ceramic tile, metals, and more. · Guides to stain and spot removal. · Extensive recommendations for improving home safety. · A summary of laws applicable to the home, including privacy, accident liability, contracts, and domestic employees.· · 200 Elegant, Clear Drawings ·
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Home Comforts

The Art and Science of Keeping House

Author: Cheryl Mendelson

Publisher: Cassell Academic

ISBN: 9781841881805

Category: Home economics

Page: 896

View: 1365

A huge critical and popular success in the US, HOME COMFORTS has established itself as the book that no household should be without. Its scope is truly comprehensive - from setting the table to folding sheets, from the bedroom's ideal humidity to choosing a cookbook, from baking to bacteria - no subject within the realms of domesticity has been left untouched. 'HOME COMFORTS in its own way, is revolutionary. Nothing quite this Beetonesque has been published in decades it is a manifesto in praise and defence of the home' - Daily Telegraph'A delight, the book reads like a physiological, updated edition of Mrs Beeton' - The Times'An extraordinary achievement that has no peer in this century and may well have none in the next' - Newsweek'With breathtaking comprehensiveness, every domestic task you might have thought of - and many you will not -Ois explained sensibly, lucidly and in mesmerising detail' - Daily Telegraph'HOME COMFORTS is riveting. Wonderful even... the book is packed with genuinely useful, even fascinating information... no truly comfortable house should be without a copy' - Literary Review
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The Home Comfort Book

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Comfortable, Healthy, Efficient, and Long Lasting Home

Author: Nate Adams

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781979596886

Category:

Page: 194

View: 1407

Are rooms of your house uncomfortable or unusable at different times of the year? Is your home drafty in winter? Do you get hit with a wave of heat walking upstairs in summer? Are mold or pests frequent problems in your home? Do you get big icicles in winter? Do you suspect your home is making you sick? Do you sleep better out of your house? Do you have a damp, dank basement? How about air quality problems like dust or odors? Are you ready to solve those problems? Then this book is for you. Before you can solve a problem, you need to understand what is causing the problem. This book explains how your home actually works so you can address root causes, not symptoms. We've seen far too many folks waste thousands of dollars addressing the wrong problem. Armed with this book, you can find the right pros to solve problems, understand if the work was done right, and even DIY many things yourself. This is the book I wish I had when I entered the Home Performance eld. It connects theory to action and shows real world examples of work being done and the results achieved. It assumes you're a building science novice as well as smart and willing to learn. You'll learn about how your home works, what to look for in a new heating and cooling (HVAC) system, what kinds of insulation work best and why, how to choose and install the right bath fan, and more. Everything in this book is backed up by field experience, data, and an overwhelming passion to do things right the first time.
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Laundry

The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens

Author: Cheryl Mendelson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439188569

Category: House & Home

Page: 416

View: 948

For Cheryl Mendelson, laundering is the best part of housekeeping. It’s full of physical pleasures—the look of favorite clothes restored to freshness and beauty, the tactile satisfaction of crisp linens in beautifully folded stacks. Good laundering preserves things you love and protects your pocketbook. It doesn’t take much time or effort. What it takes is knowledge, and Laundry is the comprehensive, entertaining, and inspiring book on the art of laundering. Culled from the bestselling Home Comforts, with revised and updated information and a new introduction, Laundry is an indispensable guide to caring for all the cloth in one’s home: from kitchen rags to bedding, hand-washables, and baby clothes to vintage linens. Mendelson offers detailed guidance on when to disregard labels, removing stains, making environmentally informed choices, sewing, and storing clothing and fabrics. A much-needed antidote to the standard-issue how-to manual, Laundry celebrates the satisfactions of ironing, folding, and caring for clothes and linens. Both pragmatic and eloquent, Mendelson provides beginning and veteran homemakers with a seamless combination of reliable instruction, time-tested advice, and fascinating personal narrative. As a farm girl in Pennsylvania, Mendelson—who is a philosopher, lawyer, and professor, as well as a homemaker, wife, and mother—received a classic domestic education from her grandmothers, aunts, and mother. Laundry combines the best of the traditional lore they taught her with the latest in technical and scientific information. Writing with infectious love and respect for her subject, Mendelson is sure to instill in readers a newfound affection and appreciation for the art of laundering.
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More Home Comforts

100 new recipes from the television series

Author: James Martin

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 184949813X

Category: Cooking

Page: 192

View: 345

More Home Comforts introduces 100 new recipes from James Martin, favourites that you will want to cook time and time again. This brand new book features super-fast Instant Comforts, including Pea and Parmesan Soup and Keralan Prawns; Sharing Comforts for when you have a tableful, like Lamb Belly with Barbecue Sauce or Dahl Chicken with Naan Bread; Childhood Comforts such as soothing Fish Pie or Tomato Soup; Posh Comforts for when you’re entertaining, with the likes of Carpaccio of Tuna and Perfect Rump Steak; Indulgent Comforts that are naughty but nice (Dark and White Chocolate Cherry Brownies, Churros with Peaches and Custard); and Sweet Comforts, with classic cakes and bakes like Fruit Meringue Gateau and Sticky Toffee Roulade. James guides you through the recipes with their clear, easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful photography. Whether you want a seasonal summer salad or an autumnal roast, here are all the recipes you will need from a master of his trade.
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Home Comforts

Author: James Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781849494724

Category: Cooking

Page: 192

View: 8501

James Martin: Home Comforts, sees James in his comfort zone, cooking the food he loves best. He champions local produce and loves growing his own, and this irresistible collection of recipes ranges from fancy dinners to comforting puds. The chapters are divided into Lighter Comforts, Quick Comforts, Easy Comforts, Slow Comforts, Spicy Comforts, Sweet Comforts and Baked Comforts. Much-loved for wholesome, hearty food, James in this book showcases a wide range of recipes including quick tomato and basil soup with roasted garlic bread and beer-marinated rack of pork with chard gratin plus old favourites such as chicken Kiev, classic prawn cocktail and James's recipe for the ultimate burger. A love of spicy foods is also indulged with recipes from all over the world, including Thai lamb salad with spicy dressing and smoky chilli chicken wings, spiced potato wedges and padron peppers. In this book James shows off a fresh and light side, too, with dishes like salt crust dough-baked celeriac, crème fraiche and chive dressing. Beautifully shot in James's own home, this is a book of irresistible recipes to use everyday for years to come.
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Nelson's Home Comforts

Author: Mary Hooper

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781727071276

Category:

Page: 164

View: 7587

Nelson's Home Comforts Mary Hooper Boil two minced onions in a quart of the liquor in which a leg of mutton has been boiled, skim well, and when the vegetables are tender strain them out. Pass the soup through a napkin, boil up, skim thoroughly, and when clear add the contents of a tin of Nelson's Extract of Meat, stirring until dissolved.
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Home Baked Comfort (Williams-Sonoma) (revised)

Featuring Mouthwatering Recipes and Tales of the Sweet Life with Favorites from Bakers Across the Country

Author: Kim Laidlaw

Publisher: Weldon Owen

ISBN: 9781616288242

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

View: 5953

A collection of decadent, crave-worthy baked goods featuring beloved classics and new flavor pairings. Includes favorite recipes from top bakeries and bloggers from across the country. In this book you’ll discover just how fun it is to transform the simplest ingredients—flour, sugar, eggs, butter—into irresistible baked foods. With over 100 recipes, starring family favorites and tempting creations from seasoned bakers and popular baking bloggers, this enticing book will become your go-to source for the baked treats you crave. Whether you are new to baking or a pro, or lean toward sweet or savory, there’s something inside for everyone. Sample recipes include: -Bite-size bacon and cheese scones -Lemon-blueberry drizzle bread -Whoopie pies -Cherry pot pies -Savory goat cheese soufflés
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Simple Pleasures of the Home

Comforts and Crafts for Living Well

Author: Susannah Seton

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781573248549

Category: House & Home

Page: 200

View: 8257

In iSimple Pleasures of the Home, Susannah Seton urges readers to nurture the place that nurtures them. For anyone with the desire to enhance their surroundings - from accomplished decorators to those who simply enjoy a little domestic downtime - this book celebrates the ordinary and extraordinary moments of everyday life at home. Organized room by room, the book includes illustrations, dozens of simple activities for bringing the family together, creative ideas for pampering oneself and loved ones, easy-to-follow instructions for making aromatherapy products, tips on candlemaking, and recipes for comfort foods such as biscuits, apple pie, and chocolate pudding.
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The Comforts of Home

Author: Jodi Thomas

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101545585

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7633

In Harmony, Texas, twenty-year-old Reagan Truman has found her place, and found her family. But with her uncle taken ill and her friend Noah lost and disheartened with his life, Reagan is afraid of ending up alone again, and she's not the only one. When a terrible storms threatens the town, the residents of Harmony are forced to think about what they really want. Because making the connections they so desperately desire means putting their hearts at risk...
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The Comforts of Home

Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi

Author: Luise White

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226895000

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 8311

"This history is . . . the first fully-fleshed story of African Nairobi in all of its complexity which foregrounds African experiences. Given the overwhelming white dominance in the written sources, it is a remarkable achievement."—Claire Robertson, International Journal of African Historical Studies "White's book . . . takes a unique approach to a largely unexplored aspect of African History. It enhances our understanding of African social history, political economy, and gender studies. It is a book that deserves to be widely read."—Elizabeth Schmidt, American Historical Review
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My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag ... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha

Author: Jolie Kerr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0142196932

Category: House & Home

Page: 238

View: 4975

Based on her column "Ask a Clean Person," the author, using her signature sass and straight talk, takes on the tough questions in this guide to cleaning up life's little emergencies that is perfect for college students and anyone new to living on their own. Original. 50,000 first printing.
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The Age of Comfort

When Paris Discovered Casual--and the Modern Home Began

Author: Joan DeJean

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781608191352

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 4359

Today, it is difficult to imagine a living room without a sofa. When the first sofas on record were delivered in seventeenth-century France, the result was a radical reinvention of interior space. Symptomatic of a new age of casualness and comfort, the sofa ushered in an era known as the golden age of conversation; as the first piece of furniture designed for two, it was also considered an invitation to seduction. With the sofa came many other changes in interior space we now take for granted: private bedrooms, bathrooms, and the original living rooms. None of this could have happened without a colorful cast of visionaries-legendary architects, the first interior designers, and the women who shaped the tastes of two successive kings of France: Louis XIV's mistress Madame de Maintenon and Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour. Their revolutionary ideas would have a direct influence on realms outside the home, from clothing to literature and gender relations, changing the way people lived and related to one another for the foreseeable future.
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Home-Cooked Comforts

Oven Bakes, Casseroles and Other One-Pot Dishes

Author: Laura Washburn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781849750370

Category: Cooking

Page: 144

View: 3997

Perfect for both family meals and fuss-free entertaining, Laura Washburn’s delicious recipes for home-cooked dishes are the perfect solution for busy people who love good food. Choose from an array of bakes, pies, casseroles, gratins, and casseroles, all designed to be cooked and taken to the table in the same dish or pot. Comforting ideas for meals with meat include Steak, Leek, and Mushroom Pie; Braised Lamb Shanks with Potatoes; Black Bean and Chorizo Chili; Meatball Tagine; and Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes. Tempting recipes for Poultry include Farmhouse Chicken Casserole; Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie; Ginger and Star Anise Braised Chicken; Quick Cassoulet; and Chicken Tettrazini. Try a lighter choice from Fish and Shellfish such as Seafood Lasagne; Salmon, Broccoli, and Pesto Gratin; Smoked Haddock, Potato, and Wild Mushroom Bake; and Tuna Noodle Casserole, guaranteed to become a family favorite. Vegetarian options include Vegetable Enchiladas; Savory Bread Bake with Squash and Corn; Chickpea, Spinach, and Sweet Potato Curry; Root Vegetable Gratin; and Mushroom Ragout. • More than 60 great recipes for enduringly popular comfort food—ideal for family meals or casual entertaining. • Sumptuous new photography from award-winning food photographer Martin Brigdale.
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Creature Comforts

Author: Trisha Ashley

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007580444

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 6131

Fall in back in love with life in this gripping read about fate and second chances. The eagerly awaited new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
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The Comforts of Home: Simon Serrailler

Author: Susan Hill

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144813756X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 5008

DC Simon Serrailler's last, devastating case was nearly the death of him and left him confronting a new reality Recovering on a remote Scottish island, his peace doesn’t last long. He is pulled in to a murder inquiry by the overstretched local police. A newcomer, popular with the islanders, has died in perplexing circumstances. The community's reactions are complicated and fragile. It’s good to be back on the job. And when Simon returns to Lafferton, an arsonist is on the rampage and a woman whose daughter disappeared some years before is haunting the police station seeking closure. She will not let it rest, and Simon is called in to do a cold-case review. At home, Simon is starting to get used to having a new brother-in-law – in the form of his Chief Constable Kieron Bright. His sister Cat has embarked on a new way of practising medicine, and his nephew Sam is trying to work out what to do with his life. And then their tricky father, Richard, turns up again like a bad penny. In this gripping new Serrailler thriller, Simon's personal and professional lives intertwine in more complex and demanding ways than ever before.
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Love, Work, Children

A Novel

Author: Cheryl Mendelson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307431452

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3736

Morningside Heights, a Manhattan neighborhood sandwiched between Columbia University and the Hudson River, is home to an eclectic mix of academics, struggling artists, and rooted families. In this distinctive world, Peter Frankel, a successful partner in a prestigious law firm, lives a seemingly contented life with his talented wife and his two Ivy League—educated children. Yet in middle age Peter finds himself discontent. His wife’s narrowness and her preoccupation with appearances leaves him cold, his job does not fulfill his creative bent, and he fears that his children, Susan and Louis, have grown into skeptical young adults who shun marriage and stability. So when Peter’s wife is badly hurt in a car accident and lies in a coma, he finds himself guiltily relieved–and newly drawn toward his children as they too struggle with ambivalent feelings about the mother who’s never really shown them much love. As Susan, a cerebral doctoral student, becomes unhappily involved with an aspiring playwright and Louis is caught up in a futile pursuit of an ambitious journalist, Peter’s own quiet life is shaken up, and longings he has stifled for years come rumbling to the surface. Freed from his wife’s judgments, Peter throws himself into his greatest pleasure, the work he does for a foundation that funds offbeat artistic projects. And as his passion for this work ignites, so does his desire for another woman. But the stubborn morality that has steered Peter’s life is a force to be reckoned with–and one from which he may never entirely escape. Love, Work, Children is a profoundly insightful novel about two generations and the colorful urban world they inhabit. A superb portrayal of one of New York’s exceptional neighborhoods, this is a story, ultimately, about the self-imposed obstacles to true happiness–and a testament to the joy one can find in overcoming them. From the Hardcover edition.
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Betty's book of laundry secrets

Author: Betty Faust,Maria Rodale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780760732632

Category: House & Home

Page: 127

View: 7256

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The Comfort of Strangers

Author: Ian McEwan

Publisher: RosettaBooks

ISBN: 0795303696

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 4112

Colin and Mary are lovers on holiday in Italy, their relationship becoming increasingly problematic as they become increasingly alienated from one and other. They move from place to place in this foreign land but seemingly without aim or purpose and more, seemingly bored and without attachment. Then they meet a man named Robert and his wife, Caroline, who is crippled. Colin and Mary seem happy for the diversion--happy to meet another couple that takes the focus of off them (off of each other) for a while. Things become strange (and stranger yet; one could say horrific) when they attempt to leave: Robert and Caroline insist that they stay with them for a while longer. While Mary and Colin indeed rediscover each other in ways during this time--an erotic attraction to each other that was below the surface--they also find that their relationship/friendship with Robert and Caroline takes turns that are likewise erotic and violent in nature. A pervasive dread runs through this novel, leading to the terrible climax that no reader could predict. Absolutely in the key of McEwan, without match in the genre, and a very worthwhile read.
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