The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Author Michael Pollan
ISBN-10 0375760393
ISBN-13 9780375760396
Year 2002-05-28
Pages 271
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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The book that helped make Michael Pollan theNew York Timesbestselling author ofCookedandThe Omnivores Dilemma one of the most trusted food experts in AmericaEvery schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and in the process spreads the flowers genes far and wide In The Botany of Desire Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship He masterfully links four fundamental human desiressweetness beauty intoxication and controlwith the plants that satisfy them the apple the tulip marijuana and the potato In telling the stories of four familiar species Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankinds most basic yearnings And just as weve benefited from these plants we have also done well by them So who is really domesticating whom

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