Cocktail geeks love Amy Stewart's comprehensive but quirky look at the history of booze in The Drunken Botanist. "Every great drink starts with a plant: sake began with a grain of rice and Scotch emerged from barley," she writes. $20; amazon.com
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.
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