Home Comforts

Home Comforts

The Art and Science of Keeping House

By Cheryl Mendelson

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743272865, 896pp.

Publication Date: May 2005


The classic bestselling resource for every American home. Choosing fabrics, cleaning china, keeping the piano in tune, making a good fire, folding a fitted sheet, setting the dining room table, keeping surfaces free of food pathogens, watering plants, removing stains -- Home Comforts addresses the meanings as well as the methods of hands -- on housekeeping to help you manage everyday chores, find creative solutions to modern domestic dilemmas, and enhance the experience of life at home.

Further topics include: Making up a bed with hospital corners, Expert recommendations for safe food storage, Reading care labels (and sometimes carefully disregarding them), Keeping your home free of dust mites and other allergens, Home safety and security, A summary of laws applicable to the home, including privacy, accident liability, contracts, and domestic employees and more in this practical, good-humored, historic, philosophical, even romantic, guidebook to the art of household management.

About the Author
Cheryl Mendelson is a Harvard Law School graduate, a sometime philosophy professor, a novelist ("Morningside Heights" and "Love, Work, Children), " and a homemaker by choice. Born into a rural family in Greene County, Pennsylvania, she now lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Praise For Home Comforts

"The bible of good housekeeping."
-- People

"Home Comforts is to the house what Joy of Cooking is to food."
-- USA Today

"Mesmerizing -- and, in its own way, revolutionary." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"An extraordinary achievement that has no peer in this century and may well have none in the next." -- Newsweek