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

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

by Laura Fronty, Yves Duronsoy
 

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The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods to ensure the smooth running of our homes 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

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The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods to ensure the smooth running of our homes 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 emphasises the satisfaction gained from even the most mundane of tasks and offers indispensable tips for activities that cover a variety of domestic themes. They range from making bitter orange marmalade or instant shortcrust pastry, lighting a wood fire, treating wooden floors with wax, protecting clothes from mothballs, mixing ivy water for cleaning delicate fabrics, pruning rose bushes, to preparing lily oil as a face moisturiser.

A Well-Kept Home transforms our approach to the daily chores surrounding the upkeep of our home. The practical advice and natural recipes make it possible to take real pleasure in those essential household duties, while at the same time evoking the atmosphere and spirit of a time gone by.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789305282
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Laura Fronty is a journalist, stylist, and contributor to a number of interior and lifestyle magazines. She is also the author of more than a dozen books. Yves Duronsoy is a photographer who works regularly for international fashion and lifestyle magazines.

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