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

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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?

AuthorMichael Pollan
Height797 mm
Length521 mm
Width66 mm
Weight60 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages304
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2002-05-28
PublisherRandom House Trade Paperbacks
StudioRandom House Trade Paperbacks
Sales Rank119232

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