The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Random House Publishing Group, 12.06.2001 - 304 Seiten
The 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
In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant—though this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin?
In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds’s most basic yearnings—and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we’ve benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom?
Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.
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stretch of the Ohio, wide and brown and bounded on both sides by steep
shoulders of land thick with oaks and hickories, fairly boiled with river traffic, as a
ramshackle armada of keelboats and barges ferried settlers from the comparative
I figured it would be a modest piece of historical detective work: I'd track down the
sites of Chapman's orchards, follow his footsteps (and canoe wake) from western
Pennsylvania through central Ohio into Indiana, see if maybe I could find one ...
A man with no fixed address his entire adult life, Chapman preferred to spend his
nights out of doors; one winter he set up house in a hollowed-out sycamore
stump outside Defiance, Ohio, where he operated a pair of nurseries. A
From Brilliant, I followed the course of the Ohio down toward Marietta. Moving
south, the landscape begins to relax, the steep, rocky hillsides that leap up from
the river near Wheeling reclining into rich-looking farmland. It was the first week
The maps force you to think of Ohio in an unaccustomed way, no longer as a
middle but as a beginning, an edge. That, of course, was what this place was in
1801, when Chapman first stood here: America's threshold place, the cliff of ...
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - harrietbrown - www.librarything.com
I started reading this book soon after my sister died, and all I could think about while I was reading it was how much I wished I could call her up and talk with her about gardening, genetics, history ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - Daumari - www.librarything.com
Figured I ought to read another Pollan, but most of his things were checked out (and the waitlist for Cooked was kind of absurd. Gonna put that one off for a while). This was one of his earlier ... Vollständige Rezension lesen