The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View Of The World

May 28, 2002|
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View Of The World by Michael Pollan
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The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Change Your MindCooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America

Every 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 desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with 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 humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?
Michael Pollan is the author of seven books, including Cooked: The Natural History of Transformation, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at the University of ...
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Title:The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View Of The World
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.15 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.15 X 0.6 in
Published:May 28, 2002
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780375760396

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