Sometimes its nice just to have the facts. With accreditated education programs involved with nearly every profession and vocation, proper training is essential. But what if there were a way to condense the pertinent concepts into one resource, or one book? Now, there is. TM Publishing in association with institutions like MIT has introduced a nifty new set of introductory level books for curious types who may have wanted to do things like culinary arts, architecture, fashion or film school but never really found the time or didn't have the means. '101 Things' present a snapshot of the professions in question, each a good all-around resource for continuing education students of all ages. Every one of the 101 individual tidbits listed in each book are accompanied by clever illustrations and diagrams which break down the basic components of various technical processes and industry jargon (like how to "control the back-story" if you're doing a film or how to employ the various "specialty knife cuts" when you're cooking). The books don't dismiss the aspects of a more engrossed process of learning (i.e., textbooks, lectures & exams), but they do give a good insider's guide to just how various fields of study and professional development go about their business.
The text is very plain-language and readable, making these non-fiction books a particularly accessible (and fun) resource. The library currently has 3 '101 things' books available: 101 Things I Learned in Culinary School (641.5092 EGUARAS), 101 Things I Learned in Film School (791.430232 LANDAU), & 101 Things I Learned in Fashion School (746.92 CABRERA)