You can’t judge a book by its cover, or so the saying goes. In the case of Gene Baur‘s new book, I beg to differ. From the title to the subtitle to the photo and callout, the cover of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale Books) pretty much says it all.
The author Gene Baur, is the President and co-Founder of The Farm Sanctuary, which is comprised of three separate farms that operate on either side of the country: two in California and one in my own backyard (New York’s Finger Lakes region) in Watkins Glen, NY. An activist, athlete, and truly the ideal human for his position as spokesperson for the animals, Gene takes us on a personal journey (outlined in ten steps) from starting the Farm Sanctuary to how to live a happier, healthier and more compassionate life.
His new book delves deeply into his own love of life — and all things living:
“Humans are complex. We have the capacity to express enormous cruelty or enormous kindness. Certainly the vast majority of us would prefer to live kindly rather than cruelly, to be healthy instead of sick, and to live in accordance with our values and interests. To achieve this vision, I encourage people to live according to a set of Five Tenets that can help us live more happily on this earth together.”
Want to know Gene’s Five Tenets of Farm Sanctuary Living? I recommend you buy the book … Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
The first section of the book, as good a read as any on the subject, takes the reader through these tenets and provides us up-close and personal access to many of the animals who live happily and safely at the sanctuary — meanwhile, weaving personal life experiences with life’s observations.
I was very surprised (and excited) to see that Living the Farm Sanctuary Life also showcases countless (over 100) delectable recipes and beautiful full-color photos (as a matter of fact a friend of mine, Kayle Martin of Cowgirls and Collard Greens has two recipes in the book). The recipes make up over half the content and provide each course in vivid, easy-to-follow instructions.
Imagine starting your day with “Pancakes with Orange Moscato Syrup and Pine Nuts”; lunch on “Tacos with Salted Grilled Plantains, Salsa Verde, and Pepitas”; dinner of “Lobster Mushroom Tostada Tower” (from Joshua Katcher, vegan fashion entrepreneur and founder of the website The Discerning Brute). All finished off with “Sweet & Sara Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares.” Each recipe is submitted by a long, illustrious list of vegan celebrities, bloggers, and chefs and brings the book to a delicious conclusion.
As someone who went from 100% omnivore to 100% dietary vegan overnight and eventually went full-on ethical-vegan, I can say that individuals like Gene, and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life are exactly the kinds of meaningful messaging that makes all of this make sense: living alongside all beings on this amazing planet and, in the case of Gene and this book, co-existing in peace with the animals on their own ground and own terms.
Sharing the planet.
The book is set for release on April 7 (the day after my birthday) and can be pre-ordered now through Amazon. If you’re a vegan who wants a reminder as to why you’re doing what you’re doing, or if you’re a transitioning vegetarian or curious omnivore, this is the book for you.
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life reminds me to take stock in my own life. To stop and smell the everything. To love and live and recognize the beauty in all around me. I am truly honored to have been asked to review Living the Farm Sanctuary Life and am anxious to give it as a gift to my family and friends.