The Botany of Desire

A Plant's Eye View of World by Michael Pollan

Botany of DesireEvery school child learns about the mutally beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make the 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 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 done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom? (from the Publisher)