'The Botany of Desire'


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This book by Michael Pollan, who has written for many years about food and farming for the New York Times, and has been the topic of conversation recently with his Netflix documentary based on his book 'This is your mind on plants'. 

In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan investigates 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. He illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings.