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
I've already ordered a paperback copy of the book. I will be doing quite a bit of underlining in it. It would be worth the money just to have the list of other books and authors he references! Well done.
I wish I could've met him when I was younger. Although I have had some people near me that have helped me understand lots of these basic, and necessary, ways of life.
BEST BOOK EVER!
Everyone should read this book. I think Joel should be president of the US!
This is a must read for anyone who cares anything about the quality of the food you eat or the freedom to choose the food you eat.
There is an abundance of information in this book that covers so many facets of our food in general and the industrial food system versus heritage and traditional food systems. You might even say it's an over abundance. Read or listen several times over. It's worth every minute many times over!
Each re-read will give you another "ah ha!" that you didn't catch the first time around.
Read this book and share it with as many others as possible.
If only everyone would listen or read this book! Unfortunately folks who already know and care about the things that are happening to our food rights are probably the only people reading this type of literature. Required reading for all!!! My kids are going to read this whether they want to or not! Fabulous, informative, packed with content! This is not one of those waste of words books. Thanks, Joel. Keep on keeping on. You are hope incarnate.
This is been an absolutely fabulously mind opening presentation of all the minute details of farming that most don't think about. The intellect behind this book is quite obvious. I picked this book up after reading The omnivores dilemma, and these two books coupled with some food documentaries, have opened my eyes to some of the overly regulated bureaucratic agencies hindering sustainable food production. Thanks Joel Salatin for all you do! I recommend this book for everyone!
This book highlights some of the things that have changed throughout the years that nearly been lost and is a great place to start helping peopke see what they have given up and that it is not too late to start getting those thing back...
Joel Salatin provides a candid essay on the state of our food system, the complicity of government, and the responsibility we each have to take action now to effect desperately needed changes. Read (or listen to) this eye-opening book and a few pages out of Joel's book!
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