This list of further reading contains books of general interest that are likely to be found in public libraries.
For scientific and specialist sources see the Bibliography.
Cannon J. and Cannon M. (2003). Dye Plants and Dyeing. A. & C. Black, London in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Coe S.D. and Coe M.D. (1996). The True History of Chocolate. Thames & Hudson, London.
Grieve, M. (1992). A Modern Herbal: the medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and economic properties, cultivation and folk-lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs and Trees with all their modern scientific uses, ... London: Tiger Books International, 1992.
Hawkes J.G. (1990). The Potato: evolution, biodiversity and genetic resources. Belhaven Press, London.
Heiser C.B. Jr. (1969). Nightshades: the paradoxical plants. W.H. Freeman & Co., San Francisco.
Hobhouse, H. (1987). Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed Mankind. Harper and Row, New York.
Hobhouse, H. (2003). Seeds of Wealth. Macmillan, London.
Holden J., Peacock J. and Williams T. (1993) Genes, Crops and the Environment. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Kiple K.F. and Conee Ornelas K (Eds.) (2000) The Cambridge World History of Food. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Levetin E. and McMahon K. (1999). Plants and Society, 2nd Edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill, Boston, Massachusetts.
Lewington A. (1990). Plants for People. The Natural History Museum, London.
National Academy of Sciences USA (1996) Lost crops of Africa. Washington D.C.
Pendergrast M. (1999). Uncommon Grounds: the history of coffee and how it transformed our world. Basic Books, New York.
Prance G.T. and Prance A.E. (1993). Bark: the formation, characteristics, and uses of bark around the world. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Rehm S. and Espig G. (1991). The Cultivated Plants of the Tropics and Subtropics. Verlag Josef Margraf, Hamburg.
Robinson R. (1996). The Great Book of Hemp: the complete guide to the environmental, commercial and medicinal uses of the world's most extraordinary plant. Park Street Press, Rochester, Vermont, USA.
Simpson B.B. and Conner-Ogorzaly M. (1986). Economic Botany: plants in our world. McGraw-Hill, New York; London.
Smith N.J.H., Williams J.T., Plucknett D.L. and Talbot J.P. (1992). Tropical Forests and Their Crops. Cornell University Press, New York.
Streatfield, D. 2001. Cocaine. Virgin Publishing Ltd., London.
Swahn J.O. (1991). The Lore of Spices: Their History and Uses Around the World. Crescent Books, New York.
Vaughan J.G. and Geissler C. (1997). The New Oxford Book of Food Plants. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Zohary D. and Hopf M. (1994). Domestication of Plants in the Old World, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford.