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"An optimistic look at how regenerative farming can revive the world’s soil, increasing food production, boosting cost effectiveness, and slowing climate change. … Montgomery’s fascinating exposé of how our food is grown will convince readers that soil health should not remain an under-the-radar issue and that we all benefit from embracing a new philosophy of farming."  Read more...


— Kirkus Reviews


"With lively and accessible prose...[the] authors’ blending of science and history, combined with personal insights, keeps the balanced narrative moving at a rapid pace...The authors ably help lay readers knit together the multiple threads of this complex and intriguing story...A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet." Read more...

Kirkus Reviews


"This eye-opening new work...A must for all fascinated by the workings of the body and for those concerned with health...and the environment."



"At the heart of this delightful book lies the simple belief that microbes have 'shaped our past and how we treat them will shape our future in ways we are only beginning to understand.'"

Publishers Weekly

"What an ingenious idea!...a must-read [for] cooks, gardeners, and anyone concerned with their own health and the health of the planet."

—Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist and Flower Confidential


"The Hidden Half of Nature reads like a fast-paced novel but tells the true story of the delicate balance that drives the workings of soils, climate, even our own bodies."

—Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within


"In this fascinating, timely book, two widespread myths —that soil is merely dirt holding a plant in place, and that our gut health is not worth much study—are handily debunked. With passion, elegance, and scientific rigor, David Montgomery and Anne Biklé argue that when we farm and when we eat, we’re feeding a diverse community of microorganisms...essential to the long term health of our planet as it is to our own bodies. This book is sure to become a game-changing guide to the future of good food and healthy landscapes."

—Dan Barber, chef and author of The Third Plate

"Beautifully written and engaging, The Hidden Half of Nature shows us the underlying principle of all life on earth—the microbes that live in, on, and around us. Montgomery and Biklé connect the strands with ease and consummate skill."

—Martin Blaser MD, author of Missing Microbes


David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé


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