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
Paperback, b&w, 272 pages.
About the Author
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.