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This classic volume--now available in a new, smaller format and at a reduced price--provides time-tested advice and old-fashioned wisdom for maintaining a lovely and inviting home. The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods has submerged our awareness of the inherited and seasonal patterns of effective domestic ho This classic volume--now available in a new, smaller format and at a reduced price--provides time-tested advice and old-fashioned wisdom for maintaining a lovely and inviting home. The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods has submerged our awareness of the inherited and seasonal patterns of effective domestic household management. A Well-Kept Home revives the more natural methods used by our forebears to run their homes, reflecting on the traditional way that earlier generations cooked, cleaned, decorated, groomed, and gardened. In this exquisitely illustrated book, Laura Fronty draws on her own grandmother's life experiences in the home and the garden, providing helpful tips and natural solutions for effective food preparation, cleaning methods for clothes and the interior, restorative beauty treatments, and basic approaches to gardening. She emphasizes the satisfaction gained from even the most mundane of tasks and offers indispensable tips for activities that cover a variety of domestic themes, such as making bitter orange marmalade or instant shortcrust pastry, lighting a wood fire, treating wooden floors with wax, mixing ivy water for cleaning delicate fabrics, and preparing lily oil as a face moisturizer. A Well-Kept Home transforms our approach to the daily chores surrounding the upkeep of a home. The practical advice and natural recipes make it possible to take real pleasure in essential household duties, while at the same time evoking the atmosphere and spirit of a time gone by.


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This classic volume--now available in a new, smaller format and at a reduced price--provides time-tested advice and old-fashioned wisdom for maintaining a lovely and inviting home. The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods has submerged our awareness of the inherited and seasonal patterns of effective domestic ho This classic volume--now available in a new, smaller format and at a reduced price--provides time-tested advice and old-fashioned wisdom for maintaining a lovely and inviting home. The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods has submerged our awareness of the inherited and seasonal patterns of effective domestic household management. A Well-Kept Home revives the more natural methods used by our forebears to run their homes, reflecting on the traditional way that earlier generations cooked, cleaned, decorated, groomed, and gardened. In this exquisitely illustrated book, Laura Fronty draws on her own grandmother's life experiences in the home and the garden, providing helpful tips and natural solutions for effective food preparation, cleaning methods for clothes and the interior, restorative beauty treatments, and basic approaches to gardening. She emphasizes the satisfaction gained from even the most mundane of tasks and offers indispensable tips for activities that cover a variety of domestic themes, such as making bitter orange marmalade or instant shortcrust pastry, lighting a wood fire, treating wooden floors with wax, mixing ivy water for cleaning delicate fabrics, and preparing lily oil as a face moisturizer. A Well-Kept Home transforms our approach to the daily chores surrounding the upkeep of a home. The practical advice and natural recipes make it possible to take real pleasure in essential household duties, while at the same time evoking the atmosphere and spirit of a time gone by.

30 review for A Well-Kept Home: Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin Hendrian

    I was hoping this book would be the helpful/practical sort, but it turned out to be useful only as a sort of historical account of rural French housecleaning techniques. Most of the advice and instructions were for pretty outdated practices (or at least, not ones common to the US), like whitewashing your house with lime every year, and most of the ingredients and recipes for preserves or cleaning solutions were things I've never seen in stores. So, maybe an interesting book to flip through, but I was hoping this book would be the helpful/practical sort, but it turned out to be useful only as a sort of historical account of rural French housecleaning techniques. Most of the advice and instructions were for pretty outdated practices (or at least, not ones common to the US), like whitewashing your house with lime every year, and most of the ingredients and recipes for preserves or cleaning solutions were things I've never seen in stores. So, maybe an interesting book to flip through, but don't expect it to be very helpful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Historical oddities for household hints, but some very pretty pictures!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Xia

    Lovely. Informative. Folksy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lanigan Vitaceae

    One of my favorite books of all time for inspiration in natural homemaking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    Recommend by my good friend, Happy. This is the perfect coffee table book full of beautiful photos and vintage household tips and how-tos to naturally cleaning with essential oil recipes...but only a few, baking, preserving and homemade recipes for soap and other beauty care. Love it! But, a lot of stuff in there is not really practical.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie Elwood

    This was a fun and pretty light read. There were household tips on each page, many of which I could use, although there were quite a number involving ingredients that aren't at all common. Lovely photographs as well. This was a fun and pretty light read. There were household tips on each page, many of which I could use, although there were quite a number involving ingredients that aren't at all common. Lovely photographs as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annette McIntyre

    A very nice book with lots of photos but also lots of really good tips for how to make your home nicer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Has interesting tips for things like making your own soap, preserving lemons, washing the floor and other stuff that French country women do.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

  12. 5 out of 5

    Khipi

  13. 5 out of 5

    Keli

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charity

  15. 5 out of 5

    nynnie whale

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra Schoenberger

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lexy Sauve

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessa Leigh

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nedra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heike

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  24. 4 out of 5

    Luci Taylor

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate Ann

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Winstead

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace McGregor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Summer Rae Garcia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

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