The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
Samantha Ettus
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The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
Samantha Ettus
Clarkson Potter
336 pages
September 2004
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If you are one of those people who likes to learn a very little bit about a whole lot, then you will likely savor The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do. Even if you pride yourself on having extensive knowledge relating to a few tasks, this book will be a valuable resource since, in addition to giving you basic instructions, it guides you to resources to enhance the foundation it provides.

For this book, author Samantha Ettus compiled a list of one hundred of the most common tasks a person might need to perform, tracked down industry experts, and asked each to provide clear and concise instructions on how to get the project done. The results of her efforts are presented in this guide.

Both the selected tasks and their respective categorizations are universal and will likely benefit anyone who picks up this book. For example, in the chapter entitled “Morning Life,” you will learn to eat right from Joy Bauer, who has been named New York’s best nutritionist by New York Magazine. Similarly, renowned chef Jean-Georges Vonherichten explains the proper way to make eggs, and Starbucks Coffee Company’s Senior Coffee Education Specialist explains how to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

If you tend to focus on your career, proceed directly to the chapter entitled “Work Life.” There Donald Trump tells you how to negotiate, the world’s fastest reader, Howard Stephen Berg, shows you how to develop speed-reading skills, and Letitia Baldridge, the social secretary to the White House and chief of staff for Mrs. John F. Kennedy, reveals the secret to delivering a good firm handshake.

If your priorities lie in enhancing your home life, read about the best ways to save money from CNBC host and financial author Suze Orman, and you will benefit from the laundry tips provided by Good Housekeeping columnist and famed author Heloise. To assist you in grocery shopping, produce expert and regular NBC contributor Pete Napolitano (a.k.a. Produce Pete) is on hand to provide pointers on how to select the freshest fruits and vegetables.

If you are in need of guidance on more personal matters, assistance lies in the chapter on “Big Life,” which offers instructions on delivering the perfect kiss, compliments of best-selling author and television host Barbara De Angeles. You can even build upon this kissing advice by enhancing your flirting techniques, the details of which are provided by Susan Rabin, author of 101 Ways to Flirt and director of the School of Flirting, or preparing the perfect chocolate chip cookie, as explained by the founder of Mrs. Fields cookies. After you successfully master these skills and find a soulmate, you can rely on the expertise of CEO and President of Harry Winston Ronald Winston to purchase your diamond, and the CEO of Ford Models Katie Ford to show you how to smile for a camera for the inevitable pictures that follow.

Whether you want to improve your home life, enhance your career, or build your network of professional and personal contacts, The Experts' Guide is just what you will need. If nothing else, Ettus is an expert at collecting, organizing, and presenting information in a way that educates and entertains.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lori West, 2007

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