01 January 2016 UK Non-fiction

January 2016 : New Titles

Paulene Christie | Slow Cooker Central | ABC Books 9780733334313 | £12.99 | 7th

More than 250 recipes from the massively popular Slow Cooker Central website and Slow Cooker Recipes 4 Families Facebook page

When Paulene Christie started a Facebook group to share her slow cooker recipes, she had no idea that within eighteen months she would have an active community of more than 270,000 members. Slow Cooker Central is a fantastic collection of dishes that have been created and shared by Paulene and this passionate network of slow cooker devotees – proving just how deliciously easy and versatile this style of cooking can be. With just a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, you can make a huge variety of meals for the whole family, as well as soups and sides, desserts, cakes, sweets and preserves – almost anything you want to eat can be cooked in a slow cooker.

Tried and tested, these recipes not only taste great, they will also save you time and money. No wonder there are slow cookers on kitchen benches all around the world!

Sarah Hyndman | Why Fonts Matter | Virgin 9780753557235 | £18.99 | 28th

We all constantly interact with type in almost every aspect of our lives. But how do fonts affect what we read and influence the choices we make?

This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust, mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better. They’re hidden in plain sight, they trigger memories, associations and multisensory experiences in your imagination.

* Fonts can alter the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
* See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.
* Explore how you respond to fonts emotionally and can make fonts work for your message.
* Be amazed that a font has the power to alter the taste of your food.

Marie Kondo | Spark Joy : An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying | Vermilion 9781785040481 | £12.99 | 7th

The secret to Marie Kondo’s unique and simple KonMari tidying method is to focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. Ask yourself if something ‘sparks joy’ and suddenly it becomes so much easier to understand if you really need it in your home and your life. When you surround yourself with things you love you will find that your whole life begins to change.

Spark Joy is an in-depth, illustrated, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home. It covers every room in the house from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms as well as a wide range of items in different categories, including clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, cosmetics, shoes, bags, wallets and valuables. Charming line drawings explain how to properly organise drawers, wardrobes, cupboards and cabinets. Illustrations also show Ms Kondo’s unique folding method, clearly showing how to fold anything from shirts, trousers and jackets to skirts, socks and bras.

Marie Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, presents her unique tidying philosophy and introduces readers to the basics of her KonMari method. It has already transformed the homes and lives of millions of people around the world. Spark Joy is Marie Kondo’s in-depth tidying masterclass, focusing on the detail of how to declutter and organise your home.

Jo McAuley | The Complete SousVide Supreme Cookbook | Hamlyn 9780600633846 | £14.99 | 7th

A collection of 80 accessible recipes using the sous vide method, ensuring perfectly-cooked, nutritious and impressive meals.

The sous vide technique has been the secret of great chefs around the world for decades.

Providing foolproof results, the method involves cooking vacuum-sealed pouches in a water bath at a precisely-controlled temperature. This retains the juices and aromas lost by traditional cooking as well as retaining all the nutrients.

Now sous vide machines are affordable for all and this cookbook contains 80 day-to-day delicious recipes you can cook at home. Covering a full range of cuisines and courses, this cookbook showcases the full range of benefits the machine has to offer.

SousVide Supreme is the leading affordable water oven around the world, but whatever home model you’ve bought, this cookbook will be indispensable.

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Todd Rose | The End of Average | Allen Lane 9780241184233 | £20 | 28th

The first popular book on the science of the individual, in which Todd Rose draws upon the very latest findings in the fields of psychology and sociology to show how, when we focus on individual findings rather than group averages, we are empowered to rethink the world and our place in it.

Why don’t Meyers-Briggs personality tests really work? Why are HR tests for new employees often meaningless? Why doesn’t BMI – body mass index – correlate to actual health or physical fitness?

Individuals behave, learn, and develop in different ways, but these unique patterns of human behavior get lost in massive systems that play to average performance and average abilities, instead of individual performance and abilities. These systems made sense almost two centuries ago at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, but in today’s globalized digital world they are outdated and inadequate. Yet, every single one of us is affected by these archaic systems. They are far more prevalent that you can imagine, and far more insidious: standardized tests, academic grading systems, job applicant profiling, job performance reviews, job training, even medical treatments. These systems ignore our differences and ultimately fail at measuring and maximizing our potential.

Empire of Things

Frank Trentmann | Empire of Things | Allen Lane 9780713999624 | £30 | 28th

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.

January 2016 : New Paperbacks

 

Michael Bloch | Jeremy Thorpe | Abacus 9780349142203 | £10.99 | 7th

The story of Jeremy Thorpe’s rapid rise and spectacular fall from grace is one of the most remarkable in British politics. When he became leader of the Liberal Party in 1967 at the age of just thirty-seven, he seemed destined for truly great things. But as his star steadily rose so his nemesis drew ever nearer: a time-bomb in the form of Norman Scott, a homosexual wastrel and sometime male model with whom Jeremy had formed an ill-advised relationship in the early 1960s. Scott’s incessant boasts about their ‘affair’ became increasingly embarrassing, and eventually led to a bizarre murder plot to shut him up for good. Jeremy was acquitted of involvement but his career was in ruins.

Michael Bloch’s magisterial biography is not just a brilliant retelling of this amazing story; ten years in the making, it is also the definitive character study of one of the most fascinating figures in post-war British politics.

Touch

David Linden | Touch: The Science of the Sense  That makes Us Human | Penguin 9780241184066 | £8.99 | 28th

Why does holding a hot drink make us like people more?

How can a soldier under fire not even notice he’s been shot?

What makes sex so much fun?

Touch is the most important sense we have. Without it, we cannot entirely feel pleasure or pain – we are less than human.

In fact, as David Linden demonstrates in the astonishing stories gathered here, touch is central to who we are – from choosing our partners to comforting us on our deathbeds.

Exploring the many surprising facts and myths about our sense of touch, Linden reveals how it defines us – and how, by understanding it, we can better know ourselves.

Alan Ropper and BD Burrell | Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole | Atlantic 9781782395508 | £9.99 | 7th

What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under attack? In this gripping and illuminating book, Dr Allan Ropper reveals the extraordinary stories behind some of the life-altering afflictions that he and his staff are confronted with at the Neurology Unit of Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr Ropper inhabits a place where absurdities abound: a sportsman who starts spouting gibberish; an undergraduate who suddenly becomes psychotic; a mother who has to decide whether a life locked inside her own head is worth living. How does one begin to treat such cases, to counsel people whose lives may be changed forever? Dr Ropper answers these questions by taking the reader into a world where lives and minds hang in the balance.

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Helen Russell | The Year of Living Dangerously | Icon Books 9781785780233 | £8.99 | 7th

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. She now lives in rural Jutland and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph.

Kabir Sehgal | Coined | John Murray 9781848549043 | £9.99 | 14th

Money isn’t just coins, bank notes or clamshells; it is more than a store of value or unit of payment. It’s an idea, a transformative player in how we view, cope, and harmonise with the world. Money isn’t just what makes the world go around; it is largely what makes each of us go around.

In Coined, Kabir Sehgal travels the world while presenting a multidimensional portrait of currency through the ages. He explores the origin of exchange in the Galapagos Islands, searches for hoards of coins from an ancient civilization in Bangladesh, and learns about the art that appears on money from coin collectors in Vietnam. He takes you from the vaults beneath the Federal Reserve in New York to a beehive where pollen can be understood as a natural form of exchange. He details the birth of money, to its place in our culture, to how the obsession for it can lead to death and destruction, all the while mixing engaging and entertaining stories from the front lines of global currency exchange with extensive, thoughtful research. The story of money is rich and varied because it is our story.