I love books that open my eyes, teach me something, and even go so far as to re-educate me on the fallacies foisted upon me by ill-informed grammar school teachers. To that last end, I found the chapter on Johnny Appleseed very enlightening as well as highly entertaining. Pollan is more humorous and, let's just say, more adventurous than one might expect from a botanist (see his passages on hallucinogenic plants.) Farmers on any scale will enjoy and find use in The Botany of Desire
. For myself, I've finally transitioned over to organic apples. I don't know who would eat another kind after reading this book.