Sometimes we go to extremes to get the plants and animals we eat — and sometimes plants eat animals.
The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Scribner) by Adam Leith Gollner is a journalist-foodie's fascinating look at the fruits we eat, from luscious to lethal, and the complex processes and wild adventures involved in getting them to the table.
It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It: Misadventures of a Suburban Hunter-Gatherer (Atlantic Monthly) by Bill Heavey combines a hilarious account of foraging with a sharp look at consumer culture and even a love story.
The Savage Garden, Revised: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants (Ten Speed Press) by Peter D'Amato is an updated gardener's guide, filled with color photos, for growing Venus flytraps, pitcher plants and other bug-ingesting flora.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor