Martha Stewart’s Very Good Things: Clever Tips & Genius Ideas for an Easier, More Enjoyable Life

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Jan. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781328508263. $30. GARDENING
Visually appealing and wide-ranging in topic, this newest Stewart idea book offers a curated collection of 30 years of “Good Things,” her signature offerings of useful, doable projects and tips. Projects include lining a lampshade, making a trivet out of wooden beads, building a pegboard organizational system, and decanting dish soap into pretty bottles with pour spouts. Stewart also addresses visible mending, sheet-pan suppers, painting tips and hacks, and unclogging a drain. There is much to keep crafters, cooks, gardeners, and DIYers busy with new projects and methods to try. The value of the book lies firmly in its great design and its small hints and ideas, which will delight readers. While there is much to enjoy, some readers might wish for more detailed instructions. The book’s tips for entertaining, celebrations, and gatherings aren’t particularly timely in the middle of this pandemic.
VERDICT A treat for the eye and lovely to page through. Devotees of all things Martha Stewart will be pleased. This is the kind of books that garners steady circulation and delights readers looking for highly visual, browsable nonfiction.
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