Believe it or not, there really is a manual. How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails & Unsound Advice ($10) is a two hundred-plus page guide to choosing the right drink at the right moment, written by two long-time NYC bartenders who offer up expert-level information on each drink and its characteristics, while doling out equal services of the kind of life advice that comes from years of listening to people bare their souls and chests at the bar.
Like to brew your own beer, but long for the taste of Saison Dupont, Sierra Nevada, or even that most interesting of Mexican brews, Dos Equis? Pick up a copy of Clone Brews ($12). This commercial beer-obsessed home brewer's bible contains 200 recipes for beers around the world, so you can whip-up your own batch of Guinness for St. Paddy's Day, Sam Adams for July 4th, or Paulaner Hefeweizen for... Wheat Day without the need for weeks of tweaking your recipe — also known as "getting drunk."
You can put as many solar panels on your roof or hoist as many windmills as you want, but one of the most affordable, most green changes you can make to your home is utilizing your yard for food production. While it's not exactly a how-to book, Edible Estates ($17) does give you an intimate look at eight prototype gardens installed across the country, as well as insight and personal accounts from folks who have already made the leap themselves. Sure, it might be against your HOA guidelines, but when has that stopped you before?