If you're under the impression that botany's boring, perhaps author Amy Stewart's The Drunken Botanist ($19.95) will get you thinking (and drinking) differently. In it, the Fine Gardening editor dishes the down-low on trees, flowers, and fungi with the potential to make you feel very, very entertained.
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It's not Stewart's first foray into documenting the history of backyard finds. She's uncovered wicked weeds and evil insects in her previous works – though neither sound quite as enticing as an examination of how and why agave becomes tequila and sugarcane creates rum, along with cocktail recipes and cultivation tips.