The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The OmnivoreÃ¢ÂÂs 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 flowersÃ¢ÂÂ 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 desiresÃ¢ÂÂsweetness, beauty, intoxication, and controlÃ¢ÂÂwith 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 humankindÃ¢ÂÂs most basic yearnings. And just as weÃ¢ÂÂve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?
Praise for the narrator: "Scott Brick uses his skill with expressionÃ¢ÂÂ¦to produce an audible intoxication." Ã¢ÂÂAudioFile
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