After having the book How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried on my "To Read" list for over a year, I decided it was finally time to pick it up. I do know how to sew a button, but I knew there are many bits of wisdom that our grandmothers knew that have been forgotten in these modern days. After realizing she was losing her ability to take care of herself, Erin Bried turned to 10 women from all over the United States. Through this interview process, Erin compiled over 100 bits of wisdom from how to carve a roasted bird to how to wear red lipstick. The information is useful and told with a humor sure to appeal to our modern times.
I picked up the book hoping to learn something and I didn't come away disappointed. I learned the best way to hone a knife, how to clean anything with vinegar or baking soda, how to dry apples, how to scent my home without candles, how to delegate chores, how to barter, how to host a potluck dinner party, how to introduce people, and many other things. I also came to the realization that knowing how to do many of these simple things went a long way in helping you save money, save time, and live greener.
Is this a book worth reading? Absolutely! Everyone should find something useful between the covers.
Erin Bried has also written How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew and How to Rock Your Baby: And Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms (which will be released on April 3, 2012). I plan on adding both of these books to my "To Read" list.
Is there any old skill that you don't know but hope to learn?