Thanks to a recent .99 cents sale on Buck Books, I purchased Living The Farm Sanctuary Life by Gene Baur (with Gene Stone): The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day on Kindle. It’s a wonderful book for anyone who’s interested in adopting a plant-based diet, understanding what it means to live compassionately, and really sheds a light on how the animals we share this Earth with are so much more than what society deems as a “food source.”
After having read the book myself, here are the top ten things I loved about this book (and I think you will, too!):
- Inspiring testimonials from people who visited Farm Sanctuary and went vegan, especially when adopting a vegan diet or even caring about animals were the furthest things from their minds.
- “The Panoply of Beings Is Infinite” by Bob Comis: This story of a hog farmer who struggled with raising his pigs for food — so heartbreaking, beautiful, and hopeful. It was by far one of my favorite tales sprinkled throughout the book!
- Animal stories that tell the tales of the many animals rescued and living at Farm Sanctuary that not only tug at your heart strings, but shows people the many sweet personalities of animals the most of us in society don’t get to see due to the closed quarters and secrecy of factory farms.
- Studies and insightful information on the positive effects animal relationships have on our overall health and wellness.
- Bios on people who are making animals and compassionate living a central focus of their day-to-day lives and work, such as Jasmin Singer & Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House or award-winning fashion designer John Bartlett.
- Beautiful photography — of the animals, of the volunteers, and the serene and breathtaking views of the Farm Sanctuary landscape.
- Inspirational quotes — these little gems are tucked throughout the book. Thoughtful, provoking, and inspiring. One of my favorites was “If people were superior to animals, they’d take better care of the world” by Benjamin Hoff, author of The Tao of Pooh.
- Helpful lists and tables for some of the most common concerns people have about adopting a plant-based diet such as “Protein-packed Plants”, “Calcium-rich Plants”, “Benefits of Plant-based Eating” and more!
- Gene Baur’s accessible and sincere writing style: while I know this book was co-authored with Gene Stone, I’ve heard Gene Baur speak before at Bethlehem Vegfest and he speaks in an intelligent yet down-to-earth style no matter the topic. (Did you see him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart?!) His kind and passionate manner is charismatic and makes people want to listen — and they are able to because Gene, despite his vast accomplishments, keeps his tone and writing style simple for everyone, no matter where they are on the spectrum of plant-based eating.
- Recipes! Not only will this book warm your heart with animal stories, challenge your thinking about how our food choices affect the planet, but it will also nourish you — figuratively and literally. Many amazing and talented chefs lent recipes to this book and they all look and sound delicious. Some of my favorites were the Superfood Dark Chocolate Granola, Pizza Buns, Bangkok Butternut Squash Chowder, and pretty much every dessert 🙂
If you love animals, admire Gene’s work, are thinking about visiting Farm Sanctuary, know someone who is curious about going vegan, or simply love reading books that align with your ethics (as I do!), then don’t miss this book. Buy it, read it, and pass it along 😉
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Have you read Living the Farm Sanctuary Life? What did you love about it?