The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop

by David Bowers, Sharon Bowers


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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 toolboxes. 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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594890966
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 103,089
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Bowers is a woodworker, painter, author of Bake Like a Man: A Real Man’s Cookbook, and stay-at-home dad.

Sharon Bowers contributes to iVillage and Parents magazine, and is the author of Ghoulish Goodies, Candy Construction, and The Idiot’s Guide to Cooking Chicken.

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The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
The book, The Useful Book by David and Sharon Bowers is a trip through Home Ec and Shop Class! I really never attended either, but my sister did take Home Ec and they made some delicious treats. However, I never had that luxury because the course filled up too quickly! Therefore, I am so glad to have a chance to check out this wonderful book, which takes both classes, Shop and Home Ec and allows you to learn new tips and ways to repair, create and fix up anything you'd like! It's pretty nifty and a useful book to own! I absolutely love not relying on someone else or having to afford someone to fix a simple household or any type of problem. When I mean anything, I mean anything from put on a tie to fixing a piece of carpet on the floor, this book will guide you with images and step by step text through each project. Inside there is a total of 138 common projects that we all faced or will face in our lives, something that we normally deal with. So expecting something strange to be listed that may never normally come up, may not really be in this book, but if you're interested in the normal things such as setting a table for dinner, making a bed, sewing, mopping the floor, measuring, cutting, and possibly building your first birdhouse ever, well this book has it and plenty more! I am one of those people that love to create and DIY myself. Therefore, this book caught my attention right when I've seen it! I couldn't wait to read it and actually that was before the release days, months ago. However, it's finally in my hands and I'm so happy to have a chance to read this book and learn a few new tricks and ideas to create and organize the home better! Also, when this book is called USEFUL, it really means it!