Reading like a magazine (or perhaps like a blog - the author refers us back to her blog, Yarnstorm), this book is a wonderful look at the acreative inspiration that can be found in the mundane, domestic world we live in. Okay, maybe it's a bit idealistic, maybe occasionally a little twee, but crafting does sometimes have a tendency toward timelessness, and I think that is partially what this book celebrates.I love the short-but-not-brief entries about random things like buttons and patterns, random experiments to find colour inspiration in a jar of jelly beans (etc), interspersed with recipes, photos and illustrations. It's one of those decadent books that nobody really NEEDS, but is just really nice to cosy up in a corner and relax with.If you've been working too hard and don't have the energy left to indulge in the domestic arts yourself, or if you just want to take a vicarious peek at somebody else's inspiration (who knows where it might lead your own ideas?), go on, treat yourself!
Before we start; this isn't some sort of schmaltzy, Mrs Beeton-meets-WI nostalgia trip. Nor is it a chauvinism-packed approach to household chores with quaint culinary charm dolloped on top. The Gentle Art of Domesticity is a journey through the delightful, the quirky, the kitsch and the inspirational within the home through craft, design and cookery. A lovely, freshly-designed book with real solutions to some of your home's more drab queries.
Review 3 for The Gentle Art of Domesticity
Penelope Bullock, WATERSTONE'S LANCASTER CORN MT
03 February 2008
This glorious book is a must for any one of a crafty or domestic nature. With loads of beautiful photographs and thought provoking prose it is a pleasure to read cover to cover or just to dip in and out of for inspiration. Be warned though after just one glance at this book you will be longing for a steaming cup of tea accompanied by a beautiful iced home made cake!
Review 4 for The Gentle Art of Domesticity
Rebecca Hirst, WATERSTONE'S SCARBOROUGH
10 November 2007
This is a book you cannot miss - a large pink love heart on the front will see to that. Inside is a colourful celebration of domesticity. Domesticity isn't about being a doormat, it's about celebrating our creativity and the enjoyment we get through that process. Read with a hot drink and a (homemade) cake!