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Un-put-downable non-fiction

Susie F
 
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
"Beautifully-illustrated book.  Regardless of whether you agree with Hockney's theories, you will be itching to visit a gallery and stare inanely at paintings."
Brewers' Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Brewers' Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
"you will need a strong will to close this book - look something up at your peril!"
The Last Word : Questions and Answers from the Popular Column on Everyday Science
The Last Word : Questions and Answers from the Popular Column on Everyday Science
"An addictive compilation from The New Scientist... all of your everyday questions answered.  (New Scientist web version is even better!)"
The Shops - How Why and Where to Shop
The Shops - How Why and Where to Shop
"Especially good for Londoners, a shopping guru shares her secrets with warmth and wit.  (Pants of Steel is very funny)"
The Science of Cooking
The Science of Cooking
"Sauces, gravies, pastry...  a bit drier than Heston, but a fascinating read for anyone who really wants to know 'how it works'"
Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia
Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia
"buy this bible for your foodie friends - full or concise versions available"
The Art Forgers Handbook
The Art Forgers Handbook
"Ultra-readable, and genuinely fascinating for artists.  This cheeky book is filled with comic anecdotes and practical tips on forgery!"
1001: Paintings You Must See Before You Die
1001: Paintings You Must See Before You Die
"Buy this...  it's hugely eclectic and packed with fascinating paintings you might never have discovered."
Radio 4's History of Private Life (BBC Audio)
Radio 4's History of Private Life (BBC Audio)
"This entertaining audiobook has proved to be a goldmine of little known details about women and domesticity in history"