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Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
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Jul 09, 10

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Whether you love Martha Stewart or tend to roll your eyes at the mere mention of her name, you have to like the new Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home. It is short on glitz—photographs are in black and white and the author herself appears only once, at the beginning of the book—but long (very long: 700+ pages) on practicality. The index is thorough with ample cross references. Stewart and her team of researchers want you to know every detail of how to take care of your home, and I find it legitimizing to read such serious prose about doing all of those routine chores we take for granted. And it is serious. You will learn that marble “is a calcareous stone” and what that implies for a kitchen countertop, to identify the differences among sixteen kinds of spoons and fourteen forks, and the recommended "inocula sources" to get your compost started. I found only one problem with the book: it is much too tempting to just sit and read about “homekeeping” instead of doing the real house cleaning. --Heidi

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