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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World


A farmer cultivates genetically modified potatoes so that a customer at McDonald's half a world away can enjoy a long, golden french fry. A gardener ... Show synopsis

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  • A uniquely different perspective Dec 1, 2011
    by RobbyE

    Author Pollan adds an interesting alternate look at the desirability by humans for four well known botanicals. Additionally he adds many very interesting side comments which make this book a very good read. Clearly, he has put a lot of fact gathering into this book!

  • What you didn?t know about plants . . . . . Jun 8, 2007
    by Frogprints

    Quite rightly considered to be a masterpiece, a unique take on our relationship to the natural world.

    A cracking good read too!

  • A Great Read Apr 3, 2007
    by Bookie

    Mr. Pollan examines the place four plants have played in the human experience. Sounds boring, right. In his able writer's hands it's anything but boring. It's a mind expanding whirlwind tour. Highly recommended.

  • beautiful and interesting book Apr 2, 2007
    by Sara

    An unusually elegant narrative style for nonfiction, this book is a must-read. Pollan is a witty, literary, and smart writer. This book may or may not change how you think about your diet (the way some of his work will), but the stories and the history are important links in the missing knowledge of the history of our food system, and the book is an enjoyable read. Nonficiton at its finest.

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