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

Michael Pollan

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. In "The Botany of Desire, " Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

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Publisher: Random House Trade
Publish Date: 05/28/2002
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 9780375760396
ISBN-10: 0375760393
Language: English

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The book that helped make Michael Pollan, theNew York Timesbestselling author ofCookedandThe 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?"

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