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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.·

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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.<P>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.<P>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 f

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [847]-855) and index.

About the Author

Cheryl Mendelson received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and has taught philosophy at Purdue and Columbia Universities. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

BEGINNINGS

1 My Secret Life

2 Easing into a Routine

3 Neatening

FOOD

4 The Whys and Wherefores of Home Cooking

5 Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

6 Serving Meals

7 Stimulating Beverages

8 The Center of a Dwelling

9 Kitchen Culture

10 To Market, to Market

11 Cold Comfort

12 Bread and Honey

13 Safe Food

CLOTH

14 The Fabric of Your Home

15 Transformations

16 The Natural Fibers

17 The Man-Made Fibers and Blends

18 Fabrics That Work

19 Carefully Disregarding Care Labels

20 Gathering, Storing, and Sorting Laundry

21 Laundering

22 Drying the Laundry

23 Ironing

24 Folding Clothes and Linens

25 How to Launder Tricky Items

26 Common Laundry Mishaps and Problems

27 Sanitizing the Laundry

28 Removing Stains from Fabrics

CLEANLINESS

29 The Air in Your Castle

30 Peaceful Coexistence with Microbes

31 The Chemistry of Household Cleaning

32 Aprons, Rags, and Mops

33 Dust and Dust Mites

34 Vacuuming, Sweeping, and Dusting

35 Textile Furnishings

36 Floors and Furniture of Wood and Woodlike Materials

37 Resilient Floors

38 Ceramic Tile

39 Stone

40 Man-Made Solid Surfaces and Other Plastics

41 Bathrooms

42 Pipes and Drains

43 Walls, Ceilings, Woodwork, and Windows

44 China and Crystal

45 Metals

46 Caring for Jewelry

DAILY LIFE

47 Kindly Light

48 Fireplaces

49 Some Quiet Occupations

50 Sewing

51 Caring for Books

52 Music

53 Images and Recordings

54 Home Offices and Computers

55 Pets

SLEEP

56 The Cave of Nakedness

57 Beds and Bedding

58 Closets for Clothes and Linens

SAFE SHELTER

59 Being Prepared

60 Fire

61 Electrical Safety

62 Slips and Falls

63 Further Miscellaneous Safety Rules

64 Poisons, Hazardous Substances, and Proper Disposal of Hazardous Household Wastes

65 Additional Safety Measures for Children

FORMALITIES

66 Understanding Your Castle

67 Too Late to Say You?re Sorry

68 Promises, Promises

69 Domestic Employment Laws

70 Working with Household Help

71 Insurance

72 Fond Records

NOTES

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND

SOURCES

INDEX

PREFACE

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Heard about it from Merlin Mann and looking forward to reading it!
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Cheryl Mendelson is a geinus. Her book is comprehensive, sound and a surprisingly compelling read. If nothing else, the laundry section makes the entire book worthwhile.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684814650
Subtitle:
The Art and Science of Keeping House
Author:
Bates, Harry
Author:
Bates, Harry
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Home economics
Subject:
Interior decoration
Subject:
Repair
Subject:
Cleaning & Caretaking - Household Hints
Subject:
Consumer education
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
9.52x6.84x1.83 in. 2.99 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.<P>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.<P>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 f
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