Overview what is sweetness how do you define it a fruit's sweetness varies not only with its age (ripe vs unripe) but also with its type, or cultivar a cultivar is a type of plant with desired characteristics that growers have created by breeding and then maintained by cultivation so, cultivars of the same plant have. Connecting fundamental human desires for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that satisfy them – the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato – the botany of desire intends to show that we humans don't stand outside the web of nature we are very much a part of it the program begins with pollan. The botany of desire by michael pollan 306pp, bloomsbury, £1599 in 1985 henry hobhouse published an important and original piece of historical writing called seeds of change: five plants that transformed mankind in 1999 anna pavord's masterpiece, the tulip, appeared, which even tulipomaniacs.
The botany of desire has 39821 ratings and 2877 reviews carmen said: in the botany of desire, michael pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship the desires/plants are sweet/apple, beauty/tulip, intoxication/cannabis and control/ potato. Chapter one the botany of desire a plant's-eye view of the world by michael pollan random house read the review desire: sweetness plant: the apple (malus domestica) if you happened to find yourself on the banks of the ohio river on a particular afternoon in the spring of 1806—somewhere just to the.
When i purchased this book, i expected it to be much more focused on the biology of the four species being discussed, but michael pollan weaves together an intriguing mix of biology, philosophy, and political, social, and economic impacts of the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato as an undergraduate student currently.
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.
Editorial reviews amazoncom review working in his garden one day, michael pollan hit pay dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered, use humans as much as we use them he uses the history of john chapman (johnny appleseed) to illustrate how both the apple's sweetness and its role in the production of alcoholic cider made it.