Non-fiction (mostly)


  • Good Housekeeping Cookery Bible – it all starts with a good reference book
  • How to Cook by Delia Smith
  • Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
  • Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden
  • Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater
  • The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater

Vegetarian Compilations:

  • Cranks



  • RHS Plant selector
  • RHS Gardening
  • RHS Herbs


Finance & the Economy

  • Fool’s Gold by Gillian Tett

Maths & Science

  • The Sceptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg
  • Godel Escher and Bach by DR Hofstadter
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • Freakonomics by Stephen D Leavitt
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
  • The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks


  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Political and Polemic

  • Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach
  • The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker (I know it’s fiction!)
  • Backlash by Susan Faludi
  • America by Jon Stewart
  • Fast Food Nation by Eroc Schlosser

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

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