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Quirk Books: Home Economics, Bento Boxes, and Tiny Food

We’ve been enjoying these fun reads from Quirk Books. I thought they would be interesting and haven’t been disappointed – maybe some of you will like then too! Quirk books specializes in quirky reads, and I find them to be a lot of fun!

Home Economics takes vintage homemaking advice and republishes it for the 21st century – literally republishes; as far as I can tell it was not updated in any way. This charming little book (7 x 5 x .5 inches) has advice on frugal living, sewing, baking, cleaning, and even hobbies! It’s all information you *could* find on the internet, but I love having it in book form for three reasons: it makes a neat little book for my kids to go through (they would never search for this advice online), it’s focused information (meaning I won’t be distracted by yet another hobby I don’t have time to take up while perusing Pinterest), and it is a bunch of very basic information in one place – so I can also learn a few things I would never think to look up.


Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches is a book I decided to review because I’m always admiring cute Bento boxes online. The food I make isn’t nearly as cute as what I see in the book (mostly because I’m not willing to put in that much time), but it’s a nice source of fun ideas. I’m actually hoping to teach Emma how to do this – she likes making food, and will have a lot more patience than I do when it comes to taking time to make it look cute.

I decided to review Tiny Food Party!: Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals because Emma adores tiny food, and I like the book. It includes a nice range of sweet and savory foods, and the recipes range from very simple with fairly basic ingredients (cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella) to more complex with ingredients I don’t really buy, like quail eggs and lamb. I really like that all the recipes are designed to be made from scratch, and there are helpful tips for getting them to turn out right. The recipes would make very nice hors d’oeuvres for an adult party party, which is maybe why the book also includes a cocktail recipe section.

Disclosure: I was sent copies of these books to review. All opinions are my own. Links in this post are affiliate links, and I may earn a small commission if you purchase through them. :)

MaryAnne at Mama Smiles
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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

20 thoughts on “Quirk Books: Home Economics, Bento Boxes, and Tiny Food”

  1. My kids are tiny food lovers too! I am excited to check that one out!
    I jut made them a mini lunch the other day….they loved it…and keep asking for more!:)

  2. I just discovered Quirk Books and was thinking of reaching out to them. I love your review and introducing me to some new books – as you know, I love new books!

  3. I love the look of the Quirky Book. I have my great grandma’s (1893) homemakers bible and it still is my favourite book to flick through, it has everything in it from recipes, sewing, home remedies, law to fortune telling, dream analysis and an atlas. I inherited it from my Grandma as as a child I would appear at her house and ask for “THE OLD BLUE BOOK”, I can’t wait for T to explore it with me.

    1. I think the Home Economics book is based off of books just like the one you describe! It is much smaller and doesn’t have home remedies, law, fortune telling, dream analysis, or an atlas, but the information it has is very interesting – and I could definitely see a child spending many happy hours looking through it, even though that isn’t the intended market!

  4. All three books look interesting. I like Bento in principle, but I simply don’t have real enthusiasm for spending so much time on elaborate food prep.

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