The Martha Manual: How To Do (Almost) Everything

Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2019. 400p. index. ISBN 9781328927323. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781328927330. HOME ECON
The latest from lifestyle expert, entrepreneur, and TV host Stewart is the first in a series covering the expanse of her cooking, entertaining, and homekeeping experience. From organizing a bathroom to hanging picture frames, each "how-to" in this heavily illustrated guide is addressed in one to two pages, providing just enough practical and attainable information for readers to get started or to become inspired to learn more. The work is divided into several categories: organize, fix and maintain, refresh and embellish, clean, launder, craft and create, garden and grow, host and entertain, enjoy, cook, celebrate, and care for pets. Throughout are helpful features such as a guide to removing various types of stains and an extended DIY to growing houseplants. The kitchen section is a standout, with extensive compare-and-contrast tips for sautéing, frying, broiling, roasting, poaching, and steaming.
VERDICT This most recent compendium provides everything one might expect from a Stewart manual—clean and elegant design along with detailed instructions. For everyone with similar DIY experiences, and anyone looking to get started.
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