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    DescriptionThe book that helped make Michael Pollan, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Cooked" and "The 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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    Title
    Botany of Desire, the
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Pollan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375760396
    ISBN 10: 0375760393
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.2
    BIC subject category V2: WM, RNC
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24270
    BISAC V2.8: NAT010000, SCI011000
    Ingram Subject Code: GI
    Libri: I-GI
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: GAR000000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 306.45
    DC21: 306.45
    DC22: 306.4/5
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QK46.5.H85 P66 2002
    BISAC V2.8: NAT026000
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    01 July 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Michael Pollan is the author of seven books, including "Cooked: The Natural History of Transformation, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, "and "The Omnivore's Dilemma." A longtime contributor to "The New York Times, " he is also the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, "Time" magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "Pollan shines a light on our own nature as well as on our implication in the natural world." --The New York Times "[Pollan] has a wide-ranging intellect, an eager grasp of evolutionary biology and a subversive streak that helps him to root out some wonderfully counterintuitive points. His prose both shimmers and snaps, and he has a knack for finding perfect quotes in the oddest places.... Best of all, Pollan really loves plants." --The New York Times Book Review "A wry, informed pastoral." --The New Yorker "We can give no higher praise to the work of this superb science writer/ reporter than to say that his new book is as exciting as any you'll read." --Entertainment Weekly "A whimsical, literary romp through man's perpetually frustrating and always unpredictable relationship with nature." --Los Angeles Times
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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, 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?