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Perhaps the first celebrity chef, Alexis Soyer (1810-58) was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who nonetheless took his profession very seriously. As the chef of London's Reform Club, he modernised its kitchens, installing refrigerators and gas cookers. They became something of a showpiece, even opening for tours. In contrast, Soyer also organised soup kitchens during the Great Famine in Ireland and volunteered his services in the Crimea in 1855 to improve military catering. He was also a prolific inventor of kitchen gadgets, notably promoting the Magic Stove, used for cooking food at the table. This work, first published in 1849, was aimed at the middle classes. Conceived as a dialogue between two housewives, it contains hundreds of recipes and tips, giving modern readers a rich insight into household management of the time. Also reissued in this series are Soyer's Gastronomic Regenerator (1846) and Culinary Campaign (1857).
"No, you cannot live on kisses,
Jane Ellen Panton (1847 1923) was the second daughter of the artist William Powell Frith, and a journalist and author on domestic issues. First published in 1890, this was one of a series of advice guides written by Panton on life and work in the middle-class home. With each chapter focusing on a different area of the house, the book offers advice to young married couples on how to make their homes 'tasteful without undue expense' by devoting time and effort to renovation and furnishing, and by choosing decorative styles that would not date. The author encourages her readers to become 'house proud', and to this end suggests that men should learn basic carpentry and refurbishment skills, while women should become proficient in needlework, as opposed to 'dawdling' over 'mere society flutter'. Providing a revealing snapshot of life in late nineteenth-century England, this book will appeal to historians and sociologists.
From the "The New York Times"'"Queen of Green" comes the ultimate guide for finding and eliminating the toxic chemicals in your home today.
There is no longer any question that consumer products contain toxic chemicals harmful to our families. But how do we protect ourselves, and where do we start?
In "Toxic Free," Debra Lynn Dadd, hailed by "The New York Times" as the "Queen of Green," discusses the hidden toxic chemicals already present in our homes, their varying degrees of danger, and precise, proven methods for eliminating them from our lives in a cost- effective, environmentally friendly way.
Are you suffering from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression? Are you worried about the link between chemicals in the home and the rising rate of cancer? Or are you just looking to save money (and the planet in the process)?
From tips and do-it-yourself formulas to world-class research and in-depth exploration and explanation, this book provides: a basic understanding of how toxic chemicals in consumer products affect your health; all the tools you need to remove these toxins from your home and body- starting today; and helpful guides on how to immediately save money on home-care products, as well as on the rapidly rising cost of your health care.
* Charming and invaluable potpourri of questions from the readers of The Field with answers from their knowledgeable columnists * Subjects include household to garden, sporting lore to legal, animals to natural history * Quirky illustrations throughout by Kerry Lemon make this book an ideal gift
The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. "Urban Homesteading" is the perfect "back-to-the-land" guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment. Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide is an approachable guide to learning to live more ecologically in the city. The book embraces the core concepts of localization (providing our basic needs close to where we live), self-reliance (re-learning that food comes from the ground, not the grocery store; learning to do things ourselves), and sustainability (giving back at least as much as we take). Readers will find concise how-to information that they can immediately set into practice, from making solar cookers to growing tomatoes in a barrel to raising chickens in small spaces to maintaining mental serenity in the fast-paced city environment. Full of beautiful full-color photographs and illustrations, and plenty of step-by-step instructions, this is a must-have handbook for city folk with a passion for the simple life.
Can you make your own bread (sans bread machine)? Grow a garden all
winter? What can you use instead of toilet paper? What if the power
went out for a month? What if the grocery store closed? Can you
make a solar oven? Store food without electricity? Raise a water
buffalo? Make fine linen from stinging nettle? Make your own
shampoo? Deliver a baby? Is it possible to be totally
self-sufficient? This massive, full-color book answers all these
questions and thousands more and includes checklists, diagrams, and
instructions on how to buy a sheep.
Who doesn't want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and
eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very
much "on" the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide
on the basics of living the good, clean life. It's written with
country lovers in mind--even those who currently live in the city.
At a time when environmental consciousness has penetrated the population, more and more people are wondering how to have a fun, environmentally responsible holiday season.This book tells the reader how to enjoy the Christmas season - and leave a small carbon footprint. Included is advice on how to: create less waste at Christmas by recycling; choose between a real tree and an artificial one; host a green Christmas dinner. As well as: suggestions for green gifts; online resources to have a sustainable holiday; and, tips about recycled greeting cards.The environmentally aware reader will be able to have a great holiday celebration while not damaging the planet and setting a great example.
The traditional American devices contained in this intriguing compilation date from an era long before milking machines, pesticide sprayers, and industrial hay bailers. Yet the simple inventions described for doing everything from managing young bulls to protecting drain outlets can be just as useful for today's farmer as they were for the homesteaders of over a century ago. Discover how to make such items as a movable nest for hens, a ribless boat, a contraption to extricate a mired animal, a farm cart with adjustable racks for larger loads, a wire fence tightener, a fruit picker, a grindstone set and frame, and much more. This book is a boon for the rancher, farmer, or anyone who loves the rural life.
The editors of "Yankee" magazine scoured scores of vintage books, magazines, journals, and memoirs to find the very best old-time secrets for preparing meals, cleaning, doing laundry, decorating, repairing the home, treating common ailments, caring for pets, celebrating the holidays, and gardening outdoors and indoors. Throughout this treasury, the editors suggest ways to adapt yesteryear's methods using today's technology and materials, giving readers the best of both the old and the new. As readers explore these pages, they'll discover: how to mix a stain for wood furniture from coffee and salt; how to air condition a hot, stale room without relying on electricity; and how to fashion a beautiful garden trellis from twigs. With this book by their side, readers will always be in the good company of an old-timer who is set to dispense a helpful hint, encouraging word, or sage secret at the turn of a page.
Get---and stay---organized!Let your natural inclinations guide you toward gaining control of your environment and learn to live life on your own terms. Drawing on the science of brain function and her experience as a professional organizer, Lanna Nakone offers tailored and specific advice that will actually work to help you tame your desk, unclutter your closet, manage your time, and save your sanity.Take the Brain Style quiz to determine which of the four parts of the brain you rely on the most to process information, and which organizing style complements your brain function. If you rely on the*Posterior left section of your brain, you're a Maintaining Style. You develop and follow routines well and adhere to traditional organizing methods. *Frontal right section of your brain, you're an Innovating Style. Artistically creative, you have a unique stacking system that no one else understands. *Posterior right section of your brain, you're a Harmonizing Style. Valuing interconnectedness with your family or coworkers, you need to be organized enough to keep your environment peaceful. *Frontal left section of your brain, you're a Prioritizing Style. Adept at analyzing data, you prefer to delegate organizing. Chapters specific to each type offer practical tips and strategies for implementing an organizing system, maintaining your system, and coexisting with different brain styles.Insightful and understanding, "Organizing for Your Brain Type" turns the task of managing your life into an enjoyable experience.
Ronni Eisenberg, author of the popular but slightly more
intimidating Organize Yourself , has deconstructed the potentially
hair-raising projects of getting the house in order: organizing
closet space, filing household documents (do you know for sure if
junior needs a tetanus shot anytime soon?), finagling some counter
space in the kitchen, and even keeping photo negatives from seeming
to multiply like rabbits and threatening to overtake the living
room. Eisenberg reveals how to trim daunting tasks (like clearing
up the garage) into manageable chunks.
The self-proclaimed "#1 Avoidance Expert" tells all in this outrageous, smart, and practical compendium of tips, hints, and secrets for maintaining a spotless home without lifting a finger.
er*go*nom*ic (er-ga-'na-mik) adj: designed to allow people and the things people use to interact in the safest, most effective, and most comfortable manner
You work indoors. You're not on your feet all day and you do no heavy lifting. You have escaped from the brutal nature of most human labor. And yet at the end of the day you feel exhausted. You have vague aches and pains that you are embarrassed to mention to your doctor. If you do, the doctor gives you some equally vague advice: take it easy; don't push yourself; get more rest. If that doesn't work, maybe you're a whiner, a hypochondriac.
Or maybe you're being attacked by your possessions.
Perhaps you've been making do with a worn-out old mattress in the bedroom, an office chair that won't let you sit up straight, and a computer screen that you struggle to read with your bifocals. You bought a desk and a file cabinet whose colors complement each other perfectly, but you had no idea how downright irritating ordinary furniture can get if the only choice you bother with is matching style and color.
Somewhere in this world is a reading light, chair, bed, perhaps even a keyboard and desk, built just for you. This book will show you how to find them.
How to Enter Your Home
The Child-Friendly Home
How to Prepare Food
How to Relax
How to Sleep
The Inner Circle
The Personal Computer
The Information-Age Habitat
An easy-to-read, idea-packed guide for anyone who wants to be more
organized and who doesn't?
Stay Safe in the City Here's the book that won't advise you to flee the city and set up a homestead to avoid potential disasters. With many other survival-planning resources emphasizing that approach, urban dwellers that plan to stay put in the city, no matter the circumstances, have been overlooked. Not only do 58 percent of Americans live in cities, but certain risks are higher in cities than elsewhere. Urban Emergency Survival Plan delivers a common-sense approach to urban survival planning rather than advocating that city survivalists need to figure out a way to grow an acre of food, raise goats, and build an underground bunker. The clearly outlined approach here will help you to reduce the risks inherent in disasters that occur in well-populated areas. Inside you'll find: * Packing lists for get-home bags, everyday carry items for adults and kids and bug-out bags * An overview of threats that face an urban area and instructions for planning safe travel during and after disasters, as well as how to plan a temporary escape * Instructions for sheltering in place at work * Chapters on food storage and water procurement in urban areas with emphasis on limited space and budget * A detailed chapter on security options in urban areas * A detailed chapter on sanitation, first aid and shelter * Ideas for how to respond and cooperate with government disaster plans * Photos of important survival gear Discover the skills you'll need to weather any storm, whether you live in an apartment, townhouse, condominium, single-family home or any other urban setting. With planning and practice, you'll gain the confidence to always feel safe in the city.
Cleaning can be a chore, but the results of a well-cleaned home far outweigh the effort spent making it that way. Sparkling surfaces, a clean kitchen, scrubbed floors and a shining bathroom will transform your home into a sanctuary in which you can relax from the stresses and strains of the day. This book is full of hints and tips to help you tackle every aspect of your home, from baths and basins to carpets and clogged drains. Once you get yourself into an established routine, your home will become a sparkling haven and cleaning it will not only be satisfying but a pleasure, too.
Original high society notes on how to live well--recipes from Cinnamon Spinach to Pitchcocked Eels, herbal remedies for everything from smallpox to "inhibitions"
During the 18th century ladies of high society kept handwritten notes on recipes, remedies, gardening, and household tips in their personal House Books, and it became fashionable to exchange the most successful with friends and neighbors. Very few of these fragile House Books have survived, and this compilation celebrates the recent discovery of two: one from Lady Talbot of Lacock Abbey and the other from Lady Louisa Conolly of Castletown House. This charming compilation is full of fascinating information and useful tips and offers insight into the lives of those living in the grand houses of the 18th century.
Eucalyptus has long been known for its excellent medicinal properties, but did you know it has untold uses around the home too? Whether made into a fragrant disinfectant, a handy insect repellent or used to soothe a headache, eucalyptus will do the job, and is a fantastic natural alternative to other products. Discover a multitude of hints and tips for improving your house, garden and health, all with the power of eucalyptus oil. With straightforward, practical text and attractive illustration, this guide will become well-thumbed in no time.
As the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces continues
to blur, creating greater fluidity and a feeling of openness,
homeowners are eager to tap into the projects that will enrich
their lives and beautify their homes. With over 300 fresh ideas
covering a range of patio and walkway styles and sizes, plus
top-notch design advice, "Patio & Walkway Ideas that Work "is
the most complete and up-to-date patio and walkway design
sourcebook. From pergolas to grilling islands, poolside patios to
front paths that make a grand statement, readers will delight in
having instant access to all the essentials of designing and
installing a new patio or walk, as well as accessorizing an
existing patio. "Patio & Walkway Ideas that Work "creates a
path to affordable, smart home improvement whether undertaking a
project yourself or hiring a contractor.
"Patio & Walkway Ideas that Work "is the latest book in the
popular IDEAS THAT WORK series, which includes "Outdoor Kitchen
Ideas that Work, Bathroom Ideas that Work, Deck Ideas that Work,
Kitchen Ideas that Work," and others.
A housewife has to face many problems while doing household activities. The contains tips to get rid of such problems. These are practical tips for everyday recipes, which are equally effective also. Adopt them and become the perfect homemaker. #v&spublishers
Finally, a way to get rid of the clutter -- and keep it away -- without making the process a full-time job Organizing expert Donna Smallin shows you how to enjoy the happy, healthy, inviting home you long for with hundreds of time-saving tips and solutions to your clutter and cleaning problems. Her approach is manageable and simple, helping you focus on the things that will make the biggest difference with the least amount ofeffort and time. You'll discover small, quick routines that will keep your spaces clean and clutter-free over time, as well as lots of things that you can do to introduce order and serenity in just one minute Clear away the clutter once and for all, and enjoy the happiness you'll find hiding underneath
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