THE USEFUL BOOK: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop


A modern and energetically designed encyclopedia of DIY with everything you need to know to roll up your sleeves and cook it, build it, sew it, clean it, or repair it yourself. In other words, everything you would have learned from your shop and home ec teachers, if you'd had them.

The Useful Book features 138 practical projects and how-tos, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, relevant charts, sidebars, lists, and handy tool boxes. There’s a kitchen crash course, including the must-haves for a well-stocked pantry; how to boil an egg (and peel it frustration-free); how to grill, steam, sauté, and roast vegetables. There’s Sewing 101, plus how to fold a fitted sheet, tie a tie, mop a floor, make a bed, and set the table for a formal dinner.

Next up: a 21st-century shop class. The tools that everyone should have, and dozens of cool projects that teach fundamental techniques. Practice measuring, cutting, and nailing by building a birdhouse. Make a bookshelf or a riveted metal picture frame. Plus: do-it-yourself plumbing; car repair basics; and home maintenance, from priming and painting to refinishing wood floors.

This book is a most useful book in that in goes over what they used to teach when they had home economics, and shop. There are also guides to changing a tire, and some other minor car maintenance, and some basic electrical for your home. I will say in this day and age this would be a good book for a newly couple for it has a little of everything. Also like how to sew a button on a shirt, iron clothes, cooking and some small startup items to give you confidence in the kitchen. In this fast paced life not everyone was or is taught some of these what I call small items. It is more of an old school approach to life skills. I found most of the items talk about in the book were things my wife and I were raised with but that was because of the age of let say my parents, and grandparents. Both of our grandparents and my father had strong ties to the depression and as such these skills were taught. If you were at work you needed to know how to fix a button and most people card a small sewing kit with them, I did up until I retired. I remember at night my father darning his socks, that is sewing the hole in it instead of going out and buying a new pair of socks. Anyway you get the point this book would be could also for your children as well. Excellent book. Chapters are well defined and instructions are easy to follow. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at 

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