Synopses & Reviews
Bringing the curiosity and expertise of The New York Times
to the art and science of everyday life.
The wisdom of New York Times experts in every field is packed into one easy-to-use volume, making it an indispensable reference for every coffee table, kitchen, or bookshelf.
Would you like know how to choose the best insurance policy? How to get a copy of your FBI file? How to pick the best vegetables to grow in your garden? How to cure a hangover? The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything answers all of these questions and much, much more. From the office and the classroom to the kitchen and the garden, this book covers every setting of everyday life with insightful advice insider tips, which are accompanied by hundreds of helpful illustrations, diagrams, maps, and charts.
Expert Advice from New York Times writers, including:
- Eric Asimov on how to stock a wine cellar on a budget
- Mark Bittman on how to grill fish perfectly
- Marian Burros on choosing the best produce
- Michael Kimmelman on the best new modern art museums both in the U.S. and abroad
- Nicolai Ouroussoff on underappreciated architectural gems from around the world
- Michelle Slatalla on tips for shopping on the Internet
- Anthony Tommassini, Allan Kozinn, Jon Pareles, and Ben Ratliff on their album picks for a "desert island"
"When The New York Times says 'practically everything,' it really means everything. This extensive guide covers a wide range of topics-from 'Getting and Staying Trim' to 'The Braille System'-broken up into broad subject categories such as 'Health,' 'Food & Drink,' 'Money,' 'Careers,' 'House & Garden,' 'Sports & Games,' 'Arts & Entertainment' and 'Everyday Science.' Each of these subjects is broken up into subcategories ('Food & Drink' breaks up into 'Diet & Nutrition,' 'In the Kitchen,' and 'Wine, etc.'), sub-subcategories ('Wines,' 'Beer,' 'Spirits,' 'Coffee & Tea'), and specific topics ('The Perfect Cup of Espresso,' 'Java Jolts to Start You Up,' 'A World Tour of Teas'), making the massive guide somewhat manageable. Every topic includes background information, followed by a set of guidelines; few entries cover more than a page, and most are buttressed by sidebars, charts and illustrations. 'Insider Info' and 'Timely Tips' supplement the sections, offering websites and phone numbers for further information; unfortunately, those helpful resources are scattered throughout the book, rather than being collected in an appendix or bibliography. The guide would also have benefited from an index. As it is, this is a browse-worthy collection of general knowledge that should come in handy next time you're traveling to the Galapagos, building an igloo, or in any of more than 800 other 'everyday' situations." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The most browser-friendly reference book imaginable...this book is destined to become your essential tool."--O Magazine "This handy guide is a wide ranging and lively GPS system for the many bewildering choices and questions we all have every day. Here you can get useful tips on how to grow an artichoke, prepare for a biological attack, find a job, select a furnace, and so much more." --TOM BROKAW, author of The Greatest Generation
"This book is absolutely addictive. It's got answers to most questions you've ever wanted to ask, and it grabs you with questions you probably never thought of. Benjamin Franklin would be proud." --WALTER ISAACSON, author of New York Times-bestselling Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
"This book is better than Google and a whole lot easier to use. You don't have to sort through 2 million hits to find the information you're looking for; just flip through this single volume to find practical wisdom on a slew of topics." --DR. MICHAEL ROIZEN, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, You: The Owner's Manual
"The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything is that rare combination in a how-to book--very useful and a great read. The easy part is finding practical advice about something. The hard part is putting the book down." --EVAN THOMAS, Assistant Managing Editor at Newsweek and author of John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy
"A savvy, sure-footed guide through life's many minefields. Indispensable!" --BRIAN DUFFY, editor, U.S. News & World Report
A single-volume how-to reference to a broad range of key subjects features authoritative essays and advice on everything from personal finance and legal matters to home maintenance and gardening, in a guide that includes thorough indexing and subjects organized into such categories as Health and Fitness, Food and Drink, Travel, Everyday Science, Home and Garden, and more. 150,000 first printing.
About the Author
Amy D. Bernstein and Peter W. Bernstein work as editors and writers in New York City. Peter is a former top editor at U.S. News & World Report and Fortune magazines, and he edits the Ernst & Young Tax Guide. Amy recently contributed to the bestselling Secrets of the Code.