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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, the book that helped make Michael Pollan one of the most trusted food experts in America, the bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore's Dilemma 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, the plants have also benefited at least as much from their association with us. So who is really domesticating whom? Praise for the narrator: "Scott Brick uses his skill with expression...to produce an audible intoxication." - AudioFile
Format: Audio CD
Published: 5th November 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.5 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.09