This book is not, as I expected, a clear overview of the domestic arts through the ages. It is neither well-written nor well-edited, and is riddled with unclear, awkward phrasing and murky transitions. The author's thinking seems to be similarly muddled.
It's terrible, she says, that almost no one makes cakes from scratch, or weaves cloth, or cleans house as scrupulously as our grandmothers. It's terrible, she says, that modern women have been so totally conditioned to cook and sew and clean that we don't realize the depth of our oppression. She seems to miss the point entirely that any of the valued skills of the past should be cherished and maintained because (and as long as) they are valuable, not because they serve a particular agenda or satisfy the cravings of political correctness.
i was hoping to get a book that is somewhat along the line of the " back to basics" idea , with ideas and recipes and such . i was greatly mistaken ! i concur with the previous reviewers who also were disappointed . i skimmed through the book looking for redeeming pages of info , but there were none .
if you are interested in 266 pages of ramblings and other musings ... the book is for you . if on the other hand you want concrete information , hints and actual useful pieces of insights from long ago ... i;d forget about this book and rather invest time and money in "the complete encyclopedia of country living " by emory .