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The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy

Matthew Evans

Soil is the unlikely story of our most maligned resource as swashbuckling hero. A saga of bombs, ice ages and civilisations falling. Of ancient hunger, modern sicknesses and gastronomic delight. It features poison gas, climate collapse and a mind-blowing explanation of how rain is formed.

In this ode to the thin veneer of Earth that gifts us life, commentator and farmer Matthew Evans shows us that what we do in our backyards, on our farms, and what we put on our dinner tables really matters, and can be a source of hope.

Isn’t it time we stopped treating the ground beneath our feet like dirt?

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What we do the the soil, we do to ourselves.

For too long, we’ve not only neglected the land beneath us. We’ve squandered and debased it, by over-clearing, over-grazing and over-ploughing. But if we want our food to nourish us, and to ensure our planet’s long-term health, we need to understand how soil works. How it’s made, how it’s lost, and how it can be repaired.


‘This book is for anyone who eats, and therefore benefits from the gifts that are bound up in this soil we all share. Whether you’re a gardener, a farmer or just an enjoyer of food, the story of our soil is part of our humanity, and our future. Matthew Evans has done a brilliant job of inviting us into the mysteries, stories and understandings of this stuff right under our feet, largely disregarded, but which not a single human alive can do without.’ – Kirsten Bradley

‘Soil is everyone’s business and this book pulls no punches. It lays bare our reliance upon the intricate life beneath our feet. A must-read in every school, local library, community garden, university and for your bookshelf.’ – Costa Georgiadis

‘A love letter to Mother Earth and entertaining must-read that goes to the heart of our survival’ – Charles Massy

Product details

Published 2021
Murdoch Books
Paperback, b&w, 272 pages.
ISBN: 9781922351418


Matthew Evans is Australia’s favourite tree-changer. A former chef and food critic, Matthew is now a Tasmanian smallholder, food writer and food activist. He fattens pigs, milks cows, tends a garden and writes about food from his office on Fat Pig Farm, in the gorgeous Huon Valley.

Matthew is the star of the long-running SBS TV series The Gourmet Farmer, and the recent documentary on seafood, What’s the Catch?, in which he advocates for a change to Australian food labelling laws.

He is the author of twelve books, including the authoritative Real Food Companion, his autobiographies Never Order Chicken on a Monday followed by The Dirty Chef. He co- authored The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book and The Gourmet Farmer Goes Fishing, and most recently published Summer on Fat Pig Farm.

Additional information

Weight 0.36 kg
Dimensions 234 × 153 × 20 mm

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