Around the World in 80 Plants

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Around the World in 80 Plants

Around the World in 80 Plants

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Please take time to read our Privacy Policy which explains what data we collect and why, how we use it and other information relevant to the privacy of your data. I loved the writing style and interesting information about each plant - I often stopped to read a few sentences to my husband, or made sure to share some of it with him later.

And this would not be a complete review without a mention of the lavish and fabulous illustrations provided by Lucille Clerc. For people who struggle to sit with a book, this is a great choice, as it is easy to sample in small tastes when you feel like it. This is a fantastic little book, and what I most want to emphasize is that I truly think anyone can read and enjoy this! All of the plants in the book have a history of being useful at some point, whether that's the peacock flower of Barbosa or the Nutmeg plant.Most of his choices are two pages - a few are four and those have more illustrations possibly likely due to the diversity (squashes, pumpkins and gourds) or the history (cocoa). Jonathan Drori, ambassadeur van het WWF, neemt zijn lezers mee op een boeiende botanische wereldreis.

Or that myrrh was used in Biblical times for an antiseptic mouthwash as well as for incense and that the body of Admiral Nelson was preserved in myrrh-infused brandy to bring back to England (which the crew is said to have drunk in his honour)?

I've learnt so much about plants: taking us on an eastward trip around the world, the author deals with a bunch of plants which you think you know perfectly well like tomato, wheat and maize. Dandelion - the latex/white sap has been used to manufacture rubber tires since World War II and a specific variety of Russian dandelion gives high yield. How could you possibly separate Corn and the USA, Papyrus and Egypt, Tomato and Spain, Hops and Germany, Indigo and Bangladesh, or Cacao and the Ivory Coast? For the record, I am a professional botanist, but I don't mind a little whimsy, love art and history, but I can't stand scientific inaccuracies (unless it is part of fiction, of course).

Some have a troubling past, while others have ignited human creativity or enabled whole civilizations to flourish. Once again, the production quality of this book is astounding and impressive (immediately noticeable are the thick pages) and wonderful illustrations that show the full plant, details and a bit of its surroundings either on one page or on a double-spread. Did you know that vanilla has been done dirty by becoming synonymous with "boring" when it's really one of the most truly exquisite flavors around?I’m afraid they are the hussies of the flower world and with that information I can no longer look at them without imagining a poor bee thinking it got a mate when instead it got duped. With its fascinating blend of the cultural, historic and scientific, Jonathan Drori's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES led readers on a global tour telling the stories of people and plants. I have never known much about plants and this is perfect for those like me, who are interested in just about everything to do with nature, but are a bit intimidated by the complex world of plants.

Like a curious but discerning alchemist, the author has distilled a wealth of information concerning the examples chosen, which are an eclectic mix of both well-known and lesser-known plants.

He brings with him a cheerfully wry sense of humour and a wonderful way of explaining to the previously ignorant the golden nuggets of fact, the "did you knows? If you read extensively on many subjects, then here's another fascinating book to add to your collection - you'll love this one. and I have become more conscious than ever of the power of stories that intertwine science with history and culture. I remember times when arrogant humans claimed animals couldn't feel like we do or when vegetarians assured everyone else that eating fish is alright since they aren't "real" animals much like vegans still claim that eating insects is alright for the same reason.

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