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Want to lớn learn a new skill or try out a new hobby? Here are 50 of the best how-to books written lớn teach you 50 different things. I tried to lớn keep this danh mục as random as possible, catering lớn a wide range of interests và topics, but of course I’m naturally drawn lớn certain things so there is some bias. (Half of the menu would be food-related if I hadn’t stopped myself.)

Art & Crafts Books

How khổng lồ Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers & Students by Catherine Holmes

“Shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone khổng lồ draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings.”

Basic Pottery Making by Linda Franz

“Step-by-step instructions complete with color photographs. Includes a chapter on bisque firing, waxing, and glazing. 4 basic pottery projects for the beginning potter: The art of pottery making is described in detail for the beginning or experienced potter.”


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The Poetry trang chủ Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser

“Here are tools and insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets—aspiring or practicing—can use to lớn hone their craft, perhaps into art.”

Origami 365 by Taro Yaguchi

“This book contains 12 models that clearly illustrate specific key folds & base forms that provide a foundation for the development of origami skills. 365 pieces of beautifully designed origami papers are provided khổng lồ create models in three different sizes-perfect for use as ornaments, jewelry, and just for fun.”


Stained Glass Making Basics by Lynn Haunstein

“All the essential information & instruction the beginner needs lớn know to lớn create stunning stained glass projects. The projects–starting with the simplest & ranging lớn the more difficult–build on mastering skills và tools; understanding glass, copper foil, and lead came techniques; creating a good work environment; & stained glass safety.”

Business, Career & Finance How-To Books

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Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass monster Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

“A guide to lớn those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. … it shows managers how lớn be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, và creating an environment where people both love their work và their colleagues.”


Get That Job!: The Quick and Complete Guide to lớn a Winning Interview by Thea Kelley

“Concise & highly readable, Get That Job! is packed with everything you need lớn prepare for the best interview of your life. Through proven advice và tips, step-by-step instructions, sample questions và worksheets, you will learn how to stand out for all the right reasons.”

How lớn Work for an Idiot by John Hoover

“Are you convinced the only way to survive your Idiot quái nhân is to lớn drink heavily, quit your job, or grind up your medication into your I-Boss’s coffee? Despair no longer. How khổng lồ Work for an Idiot offers hope for the spirit & strategy for the mind.”

Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social truyền thông by Brittany Hennessey

“As nightlife blogger, then social truyền thông media strategist, and now Senior Director of Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Brittany Hennessy has seen the role of influencers evolve và expand into something that few could have imagined when social truyền thông first emerged. She has unrivaled insight into where the branded content industry was, where it is, & where it’s going.”

Investing QuickStart Guide by Ted D. Snow

“Bringing the wisdom of 30+ years in the finance industry to lớn bear–much khổng lồ the benefit of novice learners & experienced investors alike–Snow provides readers with the complete picture on stocks, bonds, treasuries, ETFs, mutual funds, indexes, REITS & several other investment securities. Snow’s intrepid but practical asset-allocation investment philosophy is masterfully communicated và highly appropriate for market newcomers. ”

How lớn Start A Successful Nonprofit by Niaja Farve

“This book will not only guide you through the necessities of starting a nonprofit, but also provide you with the skills and resources to lớn ensure that your nonprofit lives past the first year & you create the good in the world you want lớn see.”

Food How-To Books

Tanoshii Ke-ki: Japanese-style Baking for All Occasions by Chef Masataka Yamashita

“Chef Yamashita shares a delightful collection of recipes for his signature sponge, chiffon & mousse cakes, so you can make these creations your own. With an additional section on special cakes that are gluten-free or eggless, everyone can join in the party!”

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Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa

“As a professionally trained chef and avid trang chủ baker, she uses her experience lớn guide readers through the science and art of sourdough. With step-by-step master recipe guides, readers learn how to lớn create and care for their own starters, plus they get more than 60 unique recipes to lớn bake a variety of breads that suit their every need.”

The Beginner’s Guide to lớn Cheese Making by Elena R. Santogade

“With the easy, step-by-step cheese making recipes specifically designed for beginners, you’ll be making the fresh, tasty cheeses that you love so much in no time.”

The Food Lab: Better home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt

“Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, & molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and trang chủ cooks can achieve far better results using new—but simple—techniques.”

Games & Hobbies Books

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide by James D’Amato

“Ramp up your role-playing game (RPG) và make your character your own with this fun, interactive workbook—an essential addition khổng lồ any player’s gaming kit.”

The Complete Book of Mah Jongg by Amy Lo

“The perfect guide for all skill levels khổng lồ learn the different styles of Mahjong—from Mahjong beginners lớn pros.”

Chess Fundamentals by José Raúl Capablanca

“J.R. Capablanca was a World Chess Champion and one of the greatest players in chess history, yet he wrote very little about the game. Chess Fundamentals, though normally for the beginning player, contains valuable insights that will benefit players at all levels of understanding, including masters.”

Think lượt thích a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat—Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett

“By understanding your cat’s motivations, needs và communication you can modify and prevent behavior problems, avoid common mistakes made by both novice & experienced owners, & ultimately continue lớn enrich và enjoy a relationship in which you are unconditionally loved, endlessly forgiven for your mistakes, never judged, and constantly entertained.

101 Magic Tricks: Any Time, Any Place by Bryan Miles

“Learn classic sleight of hand techniques that are simple enough for any apprentice to grasp. Conquer magical ruses that require no special equipment, & are explained with simple step-by-step instructions.”

Go: A Complete Introduction to lớn the trò chơi by Chikun Cho

“Written specifically for the western reader by one of the strongest players in the world, it presents the rules, tactics, & strategy of this chất lượng game in a step-by-step, easy to lớn understand way.”

Beeswax Alchemy by Petra Ahnert

“An introduction details the different ways in which beeswax has been used throughout history, as well as the products that contain it today. You’ll also find an explanation of the different types of beeswax, as well as insider tips on working with beeswax, followed by step-by-step instructions for making candles, balms, salves, creams, scrubs, soaps, ornaments, art, & more out of beeswax.”

The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual: From First Flight lớn Pilot Certificate by William K. Kershner

“Everything a student pilot needs to gain aviation certification is included in this handbook for student pilots.”

Bonsai: The Complete Step By Step Guide for Beginners by Hikaru Yamasaki

“With detailed descriptions và profiles, Yamasaki provides you with expert advice on growing, shaping, potting, cultivation techniques and more. Everything you need khổng lồ know about growing bonsai is here.”

For even more books in this category, kiểm tra out our lists Best Crochet Books, Best Cross-Stitch Books, and Woodworking Books for Beginners.

Health và Fitness Books

The American Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook by American Red Cross & Kathleen A. Handal

“The first moments after an injury occurs are the most critical. This authoritative guidebook, based on course materials used by Red Cross chapters across the United States, shows you how khổng lồ handle every type of first aid emergency.”

T Is for Transformation by Shaun T

“Shaun T unveils the 7 transformational principles that guided his progress through life & that are at the core of his incredibly successful workouts. T is for Transformation is a motivational master class as Shaun shows you how to lớn become more flexible & resourceful, give everything you’ve got, and, most importantly, trust and believe in your path to lớn success.”

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Idiot’s Guides: Ayurveda by Sahara Rose Ketabi

“Ayurveda is the world’s oldest health system và sister science of yoga, originating in India 5000 years ago. It’s the age-old secret to lớn longevity, digestive health, mental clarity, beauty & balance that’s regaining popularity today for its tried-and-trued methods.”

Stretching to Stay Young by Jessica Matthews

“Jessica meets you at your current màn chơi of stretching ability và guides you step-by-step through each stretch, arming you with the confidence you need lớn progress into deeper levels of stretching for enhanced flexibility và strength over time.”

Making Space: Creating a home Meditation Practice by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Designed lớn be both inspiration và guidebook for those new to lớn mindfulness practice, Making Space offers easy-to-follow instructions for setting up a breathing room, listening to lớn a bell, sitting, breathing, & walking meditations, và cooking và eating a meal in mindfulness.”

How-To Books For the Home

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD by Susan C. Pinsky

“Organizing Solutions for People with showroom outlines new organizing strategies that will be of value khổng lồ anyone who wants to improve their organizational, or lack of, skills in their life.”

Homebody: A Guide lớn Creating Spaces You Never Want to lớn Leave by Joanna Gaines

“This comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and your instincts, as well as your likes và dislikes, with practical steps for navigating và embracing your authentic thiết kế style.”

Tiny House Design và Construction Guide by Dan S. Louche

“Your road maps to the entire build process. By reading the guide you’ll understand the steps that will need to be taken và know where & how khổng lồ start building your own tiny house.”

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My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . & Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr

“With signature sass & straight talk, Jolie takes on questions ranging from the basic—how vì I use a mop?—to the esoteric—what should I vị when bottles of homebrewed ginger beer explode in my kitchen? My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag proves that even the most nightmarish cleaning conundrums can be solved with a smile, the right supplies, và a little music.”

Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, & Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use by Art Ludwig

“A do-it-yourself guide lớn designing, building, & maintaining water tanks, cisterns and ponds, and sustainably managing groundwater storage. It will help you with your independent water system, fire protection, and disaster preparedness, at low cost & using principles of ecological design.”

How to Raise an Adult: Break không tính tiền of the Overparenting Trap & Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

“Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings-and of special value lớn parents of teens-this book is a rallying cry for those who wish khổng lồ ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.”

Outdoor How-To Books

Basic Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide by Wade Bourne

“Expert angler & award winning outdoor writer Wade Bourne has created a step-by-step guide that masterfully breaks down the art of fishing with diagrams, vivid photographs, và lessons.”

How lớn Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak

“Raising Monarch butterflies is made easy with the help of this detailed guide. How to lớn Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats Monarchs face today và how readers can help conserve the Monarch’s feeding grounds from encroachment. Revel in one of the most remarkable miracles of nature.”

Escape from the Ordinary by Julie Bradley

“Told with keen observations and sparkling with wry humor, Julie describes the terrors và pleasures of living a life of total independence on a sailboat where even simple decisions can have big consequences. This exhilarating, true story will thrill those planning lớn sail off into the sunset as well as armchair adventurers.”

The Bicycling Guide khổng lồ Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair by Todd Downs

“Whether they own the latest mã sản phẩm or a classic with thousands of miles on it, beginners & experienced cyclists alike can depend on this book khổng lồ get their bikes out of the shop faster and keep them on the road longer.”

Personal Improvement Books

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How khổng lồ Be a Bawse: A Guide to lớn Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

“The definitive guide khổng lồ being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, và smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.”

The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose by Trent Shelton

“Trent takes you through the necessary steps to lớn become everything you are meant to lớn be, from facing the reality of your circumstances & realizing your purpose in life, to lớn breaking không tính phí from toxic environments và forgiving those–including yourself–who’ve harmed you, to learning how to guard yourself against the pitfalls of life.”

How khổng lồ Get People to bởi vì Stuff by Susan Weinschenk

“We all want people to bởi stuff. Whether you want your customers lớn buy from you, vendors to give you a good deal, your employees lớn take more initiative, or your spouse khổng lồ make dinner–a large amount of everyday is about getting the people around you to do stuff. Instead of using your usual tactics that sometimes work và sometimes don’t, what if you could harness the nguồn of psychology and brain science to motivate people to vày the stuff you want them to bởi vì – even getting people lớn want to do the stuff you want them to lớn do.”

The toàn thân Language of Liars by Lillian Glass

“World-renowned body toàn thân language expert Dr. Lillian Glass shares with you the same quick and easy approach she uses to lớn unmask signals of deception–from “innocent” little white lies khổng lồ life-changing whoppers.”

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, và Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

This book “documents Cait’s life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself lớn consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment & got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to lớn fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; và completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.”

How lớn Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip by Hitha Palepu

“Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what & how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you’re exploring a new city, hoping lớn nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach.”

Science & Technology Books

Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide
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(Eighth Edition) by Dinah L. Moché

“This classic beginner’s guide has been completely revised lớn bring it up lớn date with the latest discoveries. Updated with the latest, most accurate information, new online resources, and more than 100 new graphics & photos.”

Computer Hacking Beginners Guide by Alan T. Norman

“You’ll learn everything you need lớn know to lớn enter the secretive world of computer hacking. It provides a complete overview of hacking, cracking, and their effect on the world. You’ll learn about the prerequisites for hacking, the various types of hackers, & the many kinds of hacking attacks.”

How to Use Graphic Design lớn Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World by Michael Bierut

“He provides insights into the creative process, his working life, his relationship with clients, và the struggles that any design professional faces in bringing innovative ideas lớn the world. Inspiring, informative & authoritative, How to…is set khổng lồ be the bible of graphic thiết kế ideas.”

Fictional How-To Books

How to lớn Archer by Sterling Archer

“Lying is like 95% of what I do. But believe me: in this book, I’ll let you know exactly how to become a master spy just lượt thích me. Obviously, you won’t be as good at it as I am, but that’s because you’re you, & I’m Sterling Archer.”

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters by Andrew Shaffer

“In the apocalyptic world we live in, Mother Nature is angry. Danger waits at every turn, and catastrophes lượt thích the Los Angeles sharknados have taught us that we need to lớn be ready for anything. But fear not. How to lớn Survive a Sharknado & Other Unnatural Disasters is the first & only comprehensive guide to surviving the very worst that Mother Nature can throw our way.”

Have you ever learned a new skill from a book? bởi you have any recommendations for the best how-to books?