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
Entertaining, Eye-Opening, Inspiring
I loved Joel's excellent laymen's terms descriptions of his animal-care philosophy
I spaced it out to a few chapters a sitting. There's just so much to think about in this book.
Don't be put off by any political or religious differences you may have with the author. His tone throughout the book is plain-spoken, inclusive and always seeking the common ground. It was such a wonderful and refreshing change from the tribalistic hyperbole that permeates most discussions about food, diet, industry and government. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
I have listened to this book several times and undoubtedly will again. Joel comes across as very real and his heartfelt coming to terms with issues that affect all of us should resonate with everyone, regardless of his or her religious beliefs. Joel briefly discusses his beliefs without making any judgments. The fact of the matter is, if you like food, if you value your health, you MUST read Joel Salatin!!
Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is also excellent, introduces the reader to Joel Salatin and what he does. Pollan does not bring religion to the table, but provides much food for thought as to where our food comes from and how healthy or unhealthy it is.
No. As far as I know, this is the only audio book he has done. I wish he would do the other books he has written in audio as well. I am in the process of buying his books one by one.
I laughed at many of the stories Joel tells. He is a gifted communicator and paints vivid word pictures.
I knew of Joel Salatin before I read Michael Pollan, as he is well-known in magazines like Mother Earth News, Backwoods Home, and Grit, etc. However, I was not aware that he calls himself a conservative Libertarian or that he was a Christian. After listening to his book I think we all should hear what he has to say and take action. We are, after all, responsible for our own health and lives.
Felix Del Barrio
If Joel were an egg, he would be a golden one. This book is yet another example of his infectious enthusiasm for one of the worlds most noble art forms.
Joel, if you're reading this, thank you. It's a wonderful book.
It's eye-opening from start to finish. I wish it were required reading for humans worldwide.
Let it flow
Yes, Very informative and a lot to digest. I will listen to it 5 times more if I feel like I need to.
Very personable. Felt like I was being engaged in a one o one conversation.
Life changing. I don't say that often.
It's about farming, ethics, environment, family, and harmonizing our lives with our surroundings. Life changing book for me.
Yes. Great content. Edit it to reduce repetitiveness, then I’d say everyone should read/listen to this book. I found myself wishing I could speed up the delivery.
This book is simply amazing. I am so glad that Joel narrated the story himself. I don't think that any other person could have delivered the stories and information quite as effectively and Joel speaking his own words. I'm not sure even where to start with a review, but I can tell you that if you approach this book with an open mind, it can seriously change your life, beginning with the food choices you make. Joel is an amazing man, and I'd say he's quite a revolutionary. At least when it comes to what and how we eat. Not to say that this book is about nutrition, but rather it looks at the bigger picture of how food and other life factors affect our planet and environment. I think the world would be a better place if more people read this book and implemented the advice that Joel gives.
I would and did. Because it is so important to understand this situation that is facing us and what we can do about it. Because of this book, we are starting a garden, recycling, going to start raising chickens and goats. You don't have to make these choices but it will certainly make you think and at least make you want to go to the farmer's market rather than the supermarket.
What it takes to grow and raise our food and finding out that it doesn't have to be as disturbing, if done the right way, as the feedlots and monoculture systems. It also makes me to take action to stay in contact with my local representatives to change the restraints against local food. Its better to have many avenue to get food rather than just one, industrial food monopoly.
His enthusiasm and passion.
Its funny in several places. I laughed, I was shocked, and I was outraged.
Do not pass up this book. Everyone should listen to this.
Yes. Joel, as always, has lots of practical advice for consumers and farmers.
I like Joel's stories and sage country wisdom. At the end of every chapter, he lists the things the reader can do.
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