Artisan and blogger Heather Hardison shares gardening 101 in her illustrated guide, researching on her own and experimenting with composing the perfect recipe for compost (with substitutions!) and thrashing in the bushes to illustrate proper blueberry-picking technique. She sketches out ingredients at their peak, step by step, season by season, with her own recipes, like moist blueberry cake and refreshing tomato-watermelon gazpacho. And the results are done with wonderful cartoonish flair, drawn from Hardison's design studies and sign-making day job.

Price: $17