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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan Overview

The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked 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 Botan The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked 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

About The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Description

Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. Excerpted from Wikipedia.

Data Book The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

Original Title The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World ISBN 0375760393 (ISBN13: 9780375760396 ) Edition Language English Literary Awards Borders Original Voices Award for Nonfiction (2001) (31)