If you’re like me, you probably remember those orange Idiot’s Guides from the late 90’s. Virtually on every topic imaginable, I’ve borrowed, browsed and bought these books as they suited my interest. But, they’ve changed! I’ve had the opportunity to review two titles from the new line of Idiot’s Guides by DK Canada which includes FULL colour and step by step photos in the books. ‘The Idiot’s Guides to Organizing your Life’ and ‘The Idiot’s Guides to Canning & Preserving’ are the two titles I’ve had the opportunity to peruse.
Along with these books, I have the ‘Kitchen Gardening for Beginner’s’ book to showcase as well, from DK Canada’s extensive selection of gardening. Since I’m not a gardener by any means, this title was an obvious choice for myself.
Idiot’s Guides: Organizing your Life, by Cyndy Aldred
I love the photos in this book. Honestly, the steps and projects couldn’t be any clearer. There are many interactive tools in this book, including printable lists, checklists to jot down notes, and DIY projects both big and small. I like how the author includes small, doable projects, such as inserting drawer organizers into existing drawers. One constant in each chapter of the book is “quick tricks” which are little things you can accomplish right away in an effort to organize your life. There are tips galore which obviously draws from the extensive experience author Cyndy Aldred shares with the readers.
From organizing your fridge to organizing a children’s bathroom, there isn’t one area of the house that isn’t covered in this organization book. The ideas are modern and thoughtful and I particularly liked the chapter on entryway organization. But, I could relate to most of the sections and was often nodding or saying “what a great idea!” out loud to my husband. I can see myself using this reference book often and picking it up for guidance and inspiration as we continue the giant task of organizing areas of our home.
Idiot’s Guides: Canning & Preserving, by Trish Sebben-Krupka
I decided to review one book from the line on a topic I know nothing about but have a great deal of interest in pursuing. This summer, I would like to try my hand and canning and preserving, and it looks like I’ve found just the book to help me along.
Another guide filled with vibrant photos, this book covers all the basics and necessities of taking on canning and preserving projects. It doesn’t skimp on the tools needed or the safety precautions to take when canning. For example, there are “Spoiler Alert!” notifications scattered throughout the book, warning the readers of this guide on ways a (homemade) canned good could be ruined. Little tips like this are so important to novice canners like myself. Once you have safety measures underway, there are many canning recipes to choose from, along with conversion charts, and supplies needed. Need a way to use these canned goods? There are more recipes to extend your salsas and jams, too. If you’re unsure of one of the terms used, check out the useful glossary at the back of the book.
Both of these titles in the Idiot’s Guides line really do showcase how they take the guesswork out of everyday interest topics, making one feel less like an idiot.
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This simple looking book with its whimsical illustrations on the front and back covers really had me fooled! By no means is it a wimpy book when it comes to gardening. This is full-fledged gardening! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that beginner gardening goes far beyond my imagination. From creating plots, to storing and preserving your bulbs, this reference book spends the first half describing projects to prep your land and get ready for actual gardening. Then, it dives in to how to plant specific fruits and vegetables. The detailed care given to preparing your soil and protecting gardens from the elements just shows that no matter how big or small, gardening is a project that needs attention to detail. At the same time, it’s not overly daunting to worry about as the step-by-step photos really bring tasks to the surface and provides great information in completing these steps. There are many DIY projects available, and one I found intriguing is how to create an onion and garlic drying rack. If you are at all interested in gardening or considering giving gardening a try this spring or summer, then you must check out the new line of DK Canada gardening books.
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Disclaimer: I received these books from DK Canada in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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