The Single Housewife recommends:
Sixpence In Her Shoe, the quintessential housewife’s manual by Phyllis McGinley
The Betty Crocker Cookbook, an American classic — be sure to get the original version!
French Cooking in Ten Minutes, a must-read for the gourmand with a day job
A Room of One’s Own, to remind the single housewife why it’s so nice to be single, have autonomy, etc.
My Mama Made That, recipes and homemaking tips from — who else? — the Junior League of Hamtpon Roads, Virginia
The Breads of France and How to Bake Them in Your Own Kitchen, an amazing read — part cookbook, part francophilic travelogue — that meanders through the French countryside bringing lessons and loaves
Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home, Emily Post’s definitive work on how to behave in social settings, how to host and entertain, how to dress appropriately, and most of all, how to treat others with dignity, mutual respect, warmth, and kindness
French Women Don’t Get Fat, a primer on loving what you eat and staying healthy