I just finished this lovely book by Victoria Finlay.
Each chapter focus on where “the colors come from.” That is, how colors go (or went) from natural ingredients to the artist’s brush. I found it fascinating how toxic many of the natural colors are.
And on a purely personal note, I love how easy it is to pick up at any point and enjoy whatever you read. This has been my “in between books” book for the last three months. This is not to say that I did not enjoy reading it immensely, but it is informative rather than plot driven. Anyway, highly recommended.