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On September 20, 2011, a woman called Sarah, rang RTÉ 2FMs Tubridy Show looking for a copy of All about Home Economics. Kate and Aisli Madden were so moved that the public were crying out for a copy of All about Home Economics, that they decided to selfpublish a reprint. Within a week the orig book was scanned by Bob in grm.ie, and the project got underway. 6 weeks after the initial call to The Tubridy Show, the Madden Girls bring you All about Home Economics, the reprint.

All About Home Economics was first published in 1983. It was the seminal text for intermediate certificate Home Economics for over 15 years. The author, Deirdre Madden, was a Home Economics teacher in Loreto Abbey Dalkey. Her energy and enthusiasm for teaching her students was boundless. Her frustration at the lack of a modern Irish Home Economics inter cert book resulted in her writing her own. She often quoted a much loved fairy tale - "I'll do it myself said the little red hen; and so she did." All About Home Economics is the result of passion for a subject that Deirdre felt was truly important to students - life skills. Deirdre wrote many textbooks for inter, junior and leaving certificate some of which have been updated by Lorna Freebourne and are still being used in classrooms throughout the country today.

All About Home Economics was studied by thousands of students in Ireland over the years. Not only was it studied in classrooms, it became the foundation for many students' cooking repertoire in college and later a much prized possession in the kitchens of those who were lucky enough to have kept their copy. Over the years, we have often been asked about All About Home Economics - is it for sale anywhere; is it being republished? A decade after its last print, we are republishing All About Home Economics, just as you remember it. The same recipes, the same basic sewing techniques and the same indispensable guide to running a home.

Deirdre died in 1999 at the age of 56. This publication of All About Home Economics is brought to you by Deirdre's daughters, Kate and Aisli Madden who hope that their Mum's guide to cooking, sewing and running a home will be enjoyed by those who remember Deirdre's books, and by a new generation.

The standard author's royalty, 10% of the profits of this book, will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society, whose Daffodil Nurse, Carmel, helped support Deirdre and "her girls" in her final days.