The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The OmnivoreÕs 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 flowersÕ 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 desiresÑsweetness, beauty, intoxication, and controlÑwith 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 humankindÕs most basic yearnings. And just as weÕve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?