David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne Bikle, and Loki, their guide-dog dropout. Anne Bikle is a biologist and environmental planner. Her career spans the fields of environmental stewardship, habitat restoration, and public health. The Hidden Half of Nature is her first book.
A beautifully synthesized scientific memoir. -- Barbara Kiser - Nature 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. -- Kirkus Reviews The Hidden Half of Nature offers a wonderfully fresh and exquisitely informed approach that could change how we relate to ourselves, our diets, our gardens and our world. -- Tim McNulty - Seattle Times Montgomery and Bikle argue that when we farm and when we eat, we're feeding a diverse community of microorganisms. 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 [A] transformative read. -- Tom Philpott - Mother Jones The Hidden Half of Nature draws a straight line from the microbes that live in healthy soil to those that live in healthy guts, skillfully blending the personal and the scientific. This is a must-read for anyone concerned with their own health. -- Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist Amazingly detailed and well-researched. ... [The Hidden Half of Nature] lays out the beautiful connection between the microbial garden in our bodies and the microbial garden in the Earth. -- Sally Peterson - Oregon Live The Hidden Half of Nature reads like a fast-paced novel but tells the true story of the workings of soils, and even our own bodies. -- Neil Shubin, author of The Universe Within One of the year's best books on gardens and health. -- Jim McCausland - Sunset Magazine