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

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

by

, food, non-fiction, 2017-read, food, audible-or-audiobook, science, 1audio, non-fiction, 2020-shelf, babble-added, listened-to, reviewed, read-in-nyc, science, biology, sciences, favorites, nonfiction, nonfiction, Nonfiction, Science, Food and Drink, Environment, History, Horticulture, Nature, Health

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?

Title:The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:null
Format Type:

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

  • Jason Koivu

    I love books that open my eyes, teach me something, and even go so far as to re-educate me on the fallacies foisted upon me by ill-informed elementary school teachers. To that last end, I found the ch...

  • Carmen

    All those plants care about is what every being cares about on the most basic genetic level: making more copies of itself...Did I choose to plant these potatoes, or did the potato make me do it?...All...

  • Emily

    Okay, okay, books by Michael Pollan are clearly a fad right now, but I have bought into it whole-heartedly. He is an amazing, amazing writer: he makes me want to plant a garden, to tour his garden (hi...

  • Margitte

    The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan introduces the possibility to the reader that plants are using insects, animals and humans to ensure their own survival. An inte...

  • Trevor

    In East Asian cultures – according to my increasingly Japanese daughters – the number four brings bad luck. This is because it sounds a bit like the word for death. Clearly the number four has no ...

  • Cathrine ??

    4 🍎 🌷 🍁 🥔 (What, no cannabis leaf emoji? Leave it to Canada to provide a maple leaf stand-in)Sweetness — Beauty — Intoxication — ControlSex — Loveliness — Desire — HungerIn 4 p...

  • Caroline

    This is a marvellous book, which discusses the science, sociology, aesthetics and culture, relating to four plants.ApplesTulipsMarijuanaPotatoesBecause of who I am, the things that interested me most ...

  • Jen

    I've wanted to read this book ever since it came out, but, so far, I've been pretty deeply disappointed by it. From the jacket copy and reviews I'd read, I'd come to expect a poetic lay-science book a...

  • Jim

    Reminded me of A History of the World in 6 Glasses with the introduction, except it was even worse. Very long, repetitious, & kept wandering into pseudoscientific philosophy. As well as Scott Brick re...

  • Cornelia Funke

    As beguiling as the plants this book enlightened me about...