I love how-to home books–recipes, projects, organizational tips. I love them so much, that I am a pretty easy shot at the supermarket checkout line…I often thumb through Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, Real Simple and have to display huge amounts of restraint not to bring them all home 🙂
That being said, I was pretty excited to get the opportunity from the One2One network to preview a copy of Heather Solos's book Home-Ec 101, based on her blog of the same name. I was actually pretty disappointed when, as a result of too much interest in the campaign, I was only given one chapter to read: Meal Planning:Not Just for the Control Freaks. I was even more disappointed that it was the chapter on meal planning, because that it not the area that I really need the most advice.
I did not gain any insight or useful advice from Heather Solos's chapter on menu planning. As a vegetarian who cooks almost every day, there wasn't much for me among the meat-heavy menus and recipes in the chapter. I did, however, enjoy reading it because the author's style is so chatty and self-effacing that it seemed almost like reading a light memoir–complete with admissions of some of her own mishaps. I kind of feel like I would have enjoyed the rest of this book more, and would've glossed over this particular chapter as 'not for me.'
I would certainly be interested in learning more about how to make my own cleaning solutions and to get tips on repairing things around the house. Maybe I'll even go out and get myself a copy of the whole book one of these days 🙂
**Disclaimer: I received a free download of a chapter of this book in exchange for my honest review**