Last week, I wrote about some of the not-quite non-fictional things that can be found in the non-fiction section of the library, which reminds me that I hardly ever discuss actual non-fiction titles around here.

In a flurried attempt to make up for that all at once, please allow me to present a semi-quarterly non-fiction roundup. In no particular order, my non-fiction ration for the next several months includes the following.

First is a knitting book that I’ve actually been reading last thing before falling asleep at night. Keep in mind that I usually reserve this honor for fast paced, high-interest adventure books, and you’ll have a better idea for how awesome this book is. It’s called “Custom Knits” and it’s by Wendy Bernard.

The main reason that this book stands out among other knitting books is that it features simple, versatile, wearable patterns. In a genre smothered in ruffled edges and those little knitted vests for various inanimate objects*, “Custom Knits” is like an enormous and practical sigh of relief. If you’re looking for basic patterns for all kinds of knitted stuff, I can’t recommend this book enthusiastically enough.

Next on the list is a book called, “Package Form and Design.” Its contents are exactly what they sounds like: it’s a collection of nifty looking paper packaging on all kinds of products, accompanied by diagrams of how said packaging is assembled. Maybe this doesn’t sound as interesting as it is or maybe I’m just a giant geek for paperfolding, but in any case, the book itself is pretty and well-designed. Even if you aren’t into reverse-engineering a Chinese take-out box, you might like the book for it’s overall good looks and cool photography.

Finally, I have a recipe book called, “The Spice Merchant’s Daughter” by Christina Arokiasamy. If you’ve ever wondered how curry powder got to be so incredibly spicy and delicious, this book has your answers. It also has a wealth of other information about different ways to prepare various spice blends, not to mention delicious recipes to cook with them afterwards. As a disclaimer, I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes yet, so I can’t promise that they taste as good as they sound. But I can assure you that some of them sound really, REALLY good.

And on the happy note of excellent recipes, I hereby consider my non-fiction requirements to be satisfied for the near future.

*Yes, I know that they’re called cozies. But cozy is just such a cute word that it doesn’t seem right to use it for such a terrifying class of crafted things.