From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. Here, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impacts.
>Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture", and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.
And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.
Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice - practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure - makes Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-listen book.
©2011 Joel Salatin (P)2011 Hachette
Joel Salatin speaks words of wisdom for everyone, everywhere in an easy to listen way. For the most part, it's like you're sitting in his kitchen, listening to the pearls he's picked up from his lifetime of learning and working the earth. I wish he had more audio books!
Clear factual yet entertaining information and invitation (even occasional pleading) to return our food and farms to normal, for our good, the good of the planet and the economy
You'll be surprised at what you thought you knew, but didn't.
Welcome to the Real Normal!
Truth is truth and right is right. This story is about true freedom and personal responsibility, however, starting from where we are in this country it will be a very challenging process.
The sooner we get on with it the sooner there is a chance we can get it done without it being forced on us by a collapse hitting the reset button!
I struggled to finish this book. it tended to drag on and on, example after example. The narrator (author) was good but there were entire lengths of time that passed where I have never been so bored in my life. I learned a lot, and it inspired me to buy more local foods, avoid processed foods and even try canning some foods myself. However there were far more random farming techniques and info that probably took away from the message instead of adding to it. I don't regret listening to it, but I'm kind of glad it's over.
He is right about somethings but his tone is not normal to me. He sounds elite, I am a farmer and I spent a lot of time working hard and the last thing I want to here after a long day is a tone.
The book brings to light many ideas ingrained in modern society that would have seemed obsurd just a few decades ago. From not trusting people to raise there own food to thinking manure is a waste product. Many topics about the downside of the industrial food system are discussed. I always enjoy when a book is read by the author, it gets read the way it was intended to be. Great book. Thank you Mr Salatin.
I live with my family in a suburb of san francisco. This book has made me question everything about modern life. Salatin doesn't claim to have all the answers, but he sure has a lot of suggestions on how we can move toward saving the health of our planet and our bodies AND our government. My reoccurring thought throughout this book is that i hope there are more people in this world with his particular brand of wisdom/knowledge, because if there isn't we are all in a lot of trouble. I immediately became a member of the Farm-to-consumer legal defense fund. Next, i will be starting a backyard garden and i might be able to talk my wife into letting me get a couple of hens that we can feed out table scraps to. Wish me luck in my search for historic normalcy.
I got emotional at the conclusion of this book - for one I was heartbroken it was over but, even more so, I am overwhelmed at the weight of the information so eloquently presented by Joel. I am honored to have read/listened to such a essential masterpiece. I will be working to get this publication into the hands, ears and hearts of anyone that will listen. Thank you, Joel. May God richly bless you and yours!
I love listening to Joel Salatin. This will blow your mind to discover how ignorant we are when it comes to farming, freedom and it's importance! Ignorance can be remedied though....thank you for the inspiration Brother Joel!
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I have already bought a copy as a gift and I am only 3/4 of the way done. It's fantastic- thought provoking and shows sides of the food industry we rarely think about. Food production from a small scale family farmer's point of view. I wish I could make this required reading for all incoming High School Freshmen- and their parents. And then have town how type discussions about it. This man has a lot of good ideas.
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