The Kitchen Linens Book
Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos
A collector of vintage cloth: “the textiles our mothers and grandmothers crafted for both daily comfort and enduring legacy,” author EllynAnne Geisel celebrates the art of homemaking and sounds the timely plea to “Go Vintage, Go Green!” Geisel opens her virtual “trunk” of linen treasures and shares them with us: crash linens, damask, and twill—just to name a few—classically plain or featuring embroidered, embossed or appliquéd patterns. While the main focus of The Kitchens Linens Book is, well, kitchen linens, there are so many other helpful and enlightening tidbits on its pages: recipes, how to pack a picnic basket, removing candle wax from cloth…
Geisel has woven together some history with a bit of nostalgia and bold threads of hosting and homemaking savvy, and gifted the reader with a charming tribute to the fabrics that drape over, and color, our lives. Domestic tranquility is handsomely displayed over its 139 glossy pages and is a visual treat for both the vintage cloth expert and those of us who really had no idea.