The Gentle Art Of Domesticity
Jane Brocket delights in domesticity. Lively, curious, and creative, she takes inspiration from her surroundings, from art, literature, and nature, and expresses her passion through the gentle arts of needlework, cooking, gardening, and homemaking—and now through her writing. In The Gentle Art of Domesticity Brocket celebrates everything that is, and can be, wonderful abou...more
1) Faux Book
It takes more than a cover and pages to make a book. This appears to be a printout of blogposts, without the interactivity of an actual blog and without the structure of an actual book. While there is a table of contents, and there are "chapters," this "book" has no real bones to it. There's no thesis the author develops and the chapters are thrown together.
2) Faux Feminism
Convincing your husband to do the "domesticated" tasks of, s...more
I have devoured all of the pictures and slowly made my way through the text. Brocket is an excellent and thoughtful writer. There are so many good thoughts that the photos offer a welcome diversion to some of the text. Not in a bad way, but in a way that allows me to process the words.
The photos are similar to...more
I've read just 50 pages or so and I feel vindicated to have bypassed the prejudices and given this book a chance.
Rather than a...more
"There is a world of difference between domesticity and domestication. This book is about domesticity and pleasures and joys of the gent...more
Jane Brocket does have some charming thoughts about the domestic arts. However, this is not a perfect book. I have to agree with other reviewers who have remarked that the book reads too muc...more
The photography i...more
She creates a lot in her life - yummy cakes, colorful quilts, lush garden plots - and her book is derived from her blog "yarnstorm". She writes a lot about inspiration for her crafts, from books to paintings, garden colors translated into a quilt, etc. and takes beautiful pictures to boo...more
As I climbed into the book, I learned that Jane Brocket has a domestica...more
I enjoyed it, but it made me feel a little bad. I've been quilting for 30 years, and knitting for 43 and could have done a blog like Yarnstorm and...more
I enjoyed every single page of this book, and it inspired me with a ton of new ideas--both the author's and my own.
In the afterword, the author, Jane Brocket, pens these words: "I was wondering how to explain what I believe is the key to...more
Okay. I was so excited for this book to only find out that it was just a random mismatch of very unimportant information! Want to know what movies this author likes but have no importance to your life at all? Read this book! Want to look at somewhat cute cakes and kind of pretty knitted projects but not have a pattern/ recipe to learn how to make them? Read this book! It was kind of like a really...more
I also didn't like how it jumped from one idea to another so quickly, although retrospectively I'm thinking it might be good bathroom reading. I guess if I owned the book I'd...more
I would recommend it to anyone who likes cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening, etc. Don't be put off by the title, it is not endorsing the barefoot, pregnant in the kitchen image that the word domestic now seems...more
My first book The Gentle Art of Domesticity was published by Hodder & Stoughton in October 2007. My second book Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer was published by Hodder & Stoughton in July 2008 and my third book with Hodder Ripping Things to Do was published in July 2009. September 2008 saw the publication in the USA of The Gentle Art of Domesticity by STC Crafts/Mel...more