Book review time! 😀
I am a homemaker/blogger. As such, I think Heather Solos’ Home-Ec 101 is an excellent resource for all of the following:
- A person who thinks that toilets are always clean.
- A person who thinks that beds are magically made when you leave for school or work
- A person who thinks that dinner comes out of the pantry and onto the table like an episode out of the Jetsons.
Exhibit A (just watch 20 or so seconds of that clip to get the point):
So, if you are one of the above or are just like me and need a little advice when it comes to everything home, you should consider this book a valuable resource.
I’ve been reading Heather’s blog, Home-Ec 101 for about a 9 months now and I love it! The information is always so useful. You should definitely check it out!
And as a little side note, I was first introduced to Heather’s blog by a friend who went to college with me at the College of Charleston. Heather is a local Charlestonian! Yay for the Lowcountry! 😀
Okay, back to the book.
There are 4 main parts to the book:
- Clean It
- Wash It
- Fix It
- Cook It
The obsessive cleaner and homemaker in me LOVES the Clean It and Wash It sections of the book…however, the home-baker and food blogger in me forgets about that stuff and is drawn straight to the Cook It section. 😀
I love it! She gives tips all throughout, lists all of the essential cooking utensils and appliances for a successful home cook and a lot more information that you’ll just have to read the book to discover.
In my opinion, the most important advice she gives in the Cook It section is when you are following a recipe, read the recipe in its entirety first. Then, conquer it.
This is what I do before I cook any recipe. I usually even start reading it a couple of days ahead of cooking, especially if it’s an important recipe: i.e. birthday cake, special dinner, etc.
One last note. Every week, Heather reminds me (the rest of her readers) that I need to put together a weekly menu plan for dinners. I’ve been doing it the past month now and I have noticed that it really has saved me a lot of time and money. I mean, admit it, 5 o’clock will roll around, you’ll stand at the refrigerator and at the pantry, switching back and forth between the two…then, you’ll look up and say, ‘I have no idea what to make.’ You’re tired, hungry and brain-fried for the day. If there’s a menu plan, you’ve already planned ahead and made sure you have all of your ingredients…all you have to do is cook it! Genius.
After all of that jibber-jabber, I hope that if you want to make your home life easier, I’d seriously consider the investment in Heather’s Home-Ec 101 book. Awesome-sauce.