From Ms. Stewart's introduction: I want everyone who walks through a botanical garden or hikes a mountain ridge to see not just greenery but the very elixir of life, the aqua vitae, that the plant world has given us. I've always found horticulture to be an agreeably intoxicating subject; I hope you will too. Cheers! === I think she succeeded. An extensive reference book grouped by ingredient. I learned some surprising things and am keen to try some of her recipes. Cheers!