Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic

Paperback | October 28, 2008

byLauren Smith

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Show Me How is a revolutionary reimagining of the reference genre, one part how-to guide, one part graphic art showpiece, and one part pure inspiration. In a series of 500 nearly wordless, highly informative step-by-step procedurals, readers learn how to do hundreds of useful (and fascinating and important and sometimes downright bizarre) tasks, including: Perform CPR, dance the tango, pack a suitcase, win a bar bet, play the blues, make authentic sushi rolls, fight a shark . . . and 493 more essentials of modern life. Packed with useful hands-on reference material, Show Me How is a work of art that just happens to also be an indispensable real-life resource.

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Show Me How is a revolutionary reimagining of the reference genre, one part how-to guide, one part graphic art showpiece, and one part pure inspiration. In a series of 500 nearly wordless, highly informative step-by-step procedurals, readers learn how to do hundreds of useful (and fascinating and important and sometimes downright biza...

Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom are California-based editors, writers, designers, shop owners, and lovers of the unusual, the eclectic and, especially, the hand-crafted. They currently run The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco's Mission District, selling (and falling in love with) everything from a make-it-yourself ukulele to a DIY b...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061662577

ISBN - 13:9780061662577

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect gift for that one hard-to-buy-for person! This book makes a perfect gift for anything from that office gift exchange to something for friends or family. It has a wide appeal to a whole variety of audiences, and everyone I've shown this to so far has been really excited and intrigued by it. The instructions are nicely illustrated with minimal text so you're not bogged down in reading... a picture in this case really is worth a thousand words! Plus it's got a great variety of useful every day things in it (finally I know how to fold a fitted sheet!), to things that are amusing but probably not very useful for the every day reader (unless you do a lot of alligator wrestling in your line of work), to things that make you just go... "I gotta try that!" Lots of fun! And there are enough useful tips to make it more than just an entertaining "joke" type of purchase.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever, funny, useful - anyone can appreciate! I first read about this book on NotCot.org and was instantly charmed. Show Me How is a big book full of illustrations showing you how to do 500 things, ranging from the mundane and the practical to the hilariously random. Some instructions are more useful for specific genders or ages, but Show Me How covers a huge variety of topics and really has something for everyone. I bought a copy from Chapters to give as a Christmas gift to a friend (male, early 20s), and my mom saw the book and loved it. Needless to say, there's a copy on her shelf now too. Just a few examples of the how-tos you'll find are: growing rock candy, identifying different kinds of pasta and pairing them with sauces, serving tea in four different parts of the world, tying a bowtie, tying a cherry stem in your mouth (how classic), troubleshooting a toilet, training to run long distance, mounting an elephant, lighting a fire with a soda can, and lassoing a calf. The instructions are categorized into 11 sections: MAKE (things to create), EAT, DRINK, STYLE (health, beauty and fashion for both men and women), LOVE, NEST (home ec, basically), GROW (taking care of plants, animals, kids), THRIVE (sports/outdoors/general first aid), GO (travel), SURVIVE, and WOW (awesome party tricks). Each how-to is numbered to make it easy to find, and accompanied by quick-glance icons showing you what tools or ingredients you'll need to do the job (the end of the book has a full list of all icons used). Instructions are made up of bold, wonderfully designed graphics that clearly illustrate the technique, organize the reference information into a handy diagram, or provide patterns you can blow up and copy. There are also notes that clarify specific details, as well as fun little cross-references for related how-tos to teach you even more things (99: shaping a baguette, for example, has a cross-reference to 436: throwing an effective punch). Yes, Show Me How is pretty attractive to look at and nice for those interested in graphical information design. But it really works for anyone who wants to learn something and have fun doing it!
Date published: 2008-12-26