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Erika Szymanski has commented on (13) products.

Home Comforts the Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
Home Comforts the Art & Science of Keeping House

Erika Szymanski, December 10, 2013

This is indeed a remarkably thorough, well-researched, and generally well-written compendium. Just beware: reading it will make you feel inadequate, and will probably prompt you to wonder how (and whether) the author manages to keep up with all of her own recommendations. This is not a book for the busy multi-hat homekeeper...unless you're willing to take it with more than the recommended daily allowance of salt grains.
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Voices of Silence: Lives of the Trappists Today by Frank Bianco
Voices of Silence: Lives of the Trappists Today

Erika Szymanski, September 1, 2011

If you want to laugh, cry, be inspired, and finish a lazy-Saturday read before Monday morning, read this. Regardless of your experience -- or lack thereof -- with monks, and no matter your faith -- or lack thereof -- something in these stories will speak to you.
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Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide
Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide

Erika Szymanski, January 1, 2011

Well-named, the only reasonably comprehensive and solidly informative guide to Washington as wine-country and Washington wineries. Indispensible for anyone interested in the topic.
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The Summer of the Great-Grandmother by Madeleine Lengle
The Summer of the Great-Grandmother

Erika Szymanski, November 14, 2010

An unparalleled (in my reading experience) discussion of death and dying, disguised in L'Engle's always-engrossing memoir story-telling style. This is the only book I've read that is gentle and hard-hitting, thought-provoking and easy to read, challenging but fun all at the same time.
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Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors
Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors

Erika Szymanski, July 19, 2010

This is one of those marvelous cookbooks that is as much story as recipe collection. In this case, the story is a collection of stories, a world tour of cuisines and cultures. "Frug" prefaces recipes from each "immigrant ancestor" with a few pages about their way of life and of eating, what drove them to become American immigrants, and how they have adapted to their new country. Even better, the recipes are reliably good and most of them are easily accessible for the average american cook. This has become one of my standby references for recipes and for cultural information alike.
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