October 1, 2005

Samantha Ettus. Clarkson Potter/Crown $19.95 (352p) ISBN 0-307-23756-7
Classification: HOME IMPROVEMENT

The follow-up to The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do, the newest collection from Ettus combines the home improvement wisdom of celebrities and experts alike.

Ettus is back with another collection of handy hints for the home—compiled from an intriguing assortment of sources, including, among many others, Al Roker, Christopher Lowell, Rachael Ray and David Tutera—divided into logical sections: "To Nest," To Protect," "To Improve," "To Beautify," "To Relate" and "To Enjoy." Each entry is brief, straightforward and tendered by one who knows the subject. Terri McGraw, aka "Mrs. Fixit," covers the selection and cleaning of countertops; Kristin von Ogtrop, managing editor of Real Simple magazine, suggests having a "tag sale" to reduce household clutter; Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, offers dinner party advice; Giada De Laurentiis, host of Everyday Italian on the Food Network, shares her recipe for spaghetti and meatballs; and Art Smith, Oprah’s personal chef, demonstrates how to carve a turkey. And Mr. Roker? A family BBQ, of course.

With so many little details to keep up with around the home, this lighthearted yet practical collection is just the thing to keep everything running smoothly.