Above are my four favorite books that she has published. I first read The Gentle Art of Domesticity with two toddlers nine months apart. This book was able to provide me with that feeling of cultivating beauty even when I didn't have the time to shower. Brocket has this simplicity that I find rather appealing which lead me to her book The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking. I have only completed three quilts (my first one took me three years due to my limited time and the fact that I had no idea what I was doing), but each quilt was based on her designs. The Gentle Art of Stitching was a Christmas gift last year along with Vintage Cakes. Like I said before the simplicity of her aesthetic paired with her love of color and bold authentic appreciation for the act of cultivation make her books worth the price!
William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.
All of my children are high needs and my husband always seems to be deployed when we have an infant (he swears that this pure coincidence :) ), so I was so lucky to find the Sears' books. I began reading their books before I even had children. It made a world of difference in how I processed the demands of having children. The confidence I gained from following my instincts allowed me to create a better emotional atmosphere than I been raised in. I was also able to process my emotions learning to address the why of the emotions and how to handle the emotions without repressing them or blowing up in a fit of rage when it was the fourth day without a shower.
Even after seven years, my husband asks for recipes from her cookbooks. She has the international flair that we love but also the staples that we crave. Ouefs en Cocotte (eggs baked in a ramekin with cream) in Nigella Express is a weekly dinner for us. I pull her books off of the shelf just to peruse through them on the couch with a cuppa.
The Catholic Home by Meredith Gould
This book was given to me two and half years ago when I left a dear friend behind in Fort Campbell, Ky. I love this book as a reference for the year. If I want to try a new activity for Lent or Advent or spice up Ordinary time, she has an idea or a place to find a tradition. I like the simple structure of the book. I do find the author's opinion on the use of Latin to be ill informed but to each their own.
Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette
Since we spend Lent, Advent, and Ember days as lacto-ovo vegetarians, we really appreciate the simple warm meals he writes about. His books are also full of tidbits about Saints and feast days that you can not help but feel at home. I love the way the books are broken up; for instance, in Monastery Soups it is broken up by months and in Monastery Kitchen it is broken up into seasons. It allows for a whole foods approach as well as seasonal awareness.
Classical Education is a major influence in what we allow into our homes in the form of entertainment and education. I think the idea of read-alouds from quality literature is immensely important when forming the minds of children. I also love the concept that exposure to timeless art, science, philosophy, literature, poetry, music, and so much more is the ultimate goal.
The Holy Family
"Nothing truly can be more salutary or efficacious for Christian families to meditate upon than the example of this Holy Family, which embraces the perfection and completeness of all domestic virtues."
Pope Leo XIII