Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, Melissa and Judith read Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare. If you want an in-depth history of the relationships between African nations, scientists, healers and pharmaceutical companies, this is the book for you.

Sexy apples and GMO potatoes: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, Melissa and Judith read The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. If you’re curious about Johnny Appleseed and think Holland is ugly, this is your book!

Poisoned Honey and Cyanide Mysteries: Plants That Kill by Elizabeth A. Dauncey and Sonny Larsson

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, and Melissa read Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A. Dauncey and Sonny Larsson. This book taught us so much about the best ways to murder people (green potatoes!) and also how to avoid being poisoned by our weirdest fellow terrestrials.

Spilled Bologna Juice: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, and new friends Judith and Melissa read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. This book was a lot. Trigger warnings: toxic academia, disastrous road trips, and peeing in bottles. 

Have a Plant Cocktail This Week: The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

This month, Tegan, Joram and Ellen read The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. A book about human’s relationship with alcohol covers basically all of history, and Stewart picked the most interesting parts for our reading pleasure. 

Let’s All Move to the Woods: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This month, Tegan, Joram and Ellen read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. We were all spellbound by this book. Come listen as we discuss ponds, United States history, mushroom-related double entendres and the texture of salamanders. 

Bold Claims: The Revolutionary Genius of Plants by Stefano Mancuso

This week, Tegan, Joram and Ellen discuss The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior. If you’re wondering about the science behind the claim “plants have eyes,” this is the podcast episode for you. 

List of Pasta Shapes: Fruit from the Sands by Robert N. Spengler III

This week, Tegan, Joram and Ellen read Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat. We talk about watered-down wine, trial by cheesy bread, and how we learned more about millet than we thought was possible. 

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet

This week, Tegan, Joram and Ellen weigh in on Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell. Come celebrate the poet queen of self-isolation and her passion for horticulture with us. 

Introducing the Plant Book Club

Welcome to the Plant Book Club! You’re listening to Joram and Tegan of the Plants and Pipettes podcast and Ellen from the show Plant Crimes. Together, we’re going to read and discuss books about plants, starting with Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell. Thanks for joining us!