The book that helped make Michael Pollan,Â theÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ CookedÂ andÂ The Omnivoreâ€™s Dilemma,Â one of the most trusted food experts in AmericaEvery 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 flowersâ€™ 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 desiresâ€”sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and controlâ€”with 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 humankindâ€™s most basic yearnings. And just as weâ€™ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?