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Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: How to Eat Healthier, Live Longer, and Feel Better Every Day by Bringing Home the Happiest Place on Earth

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Gene Baur, the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, knows that the key to happiness lies in aligning your beliefs with your actions. In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, he and Gene Stone, author of Forks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of visiting the sanctua ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Rodale Books
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: How to Eat Healthier, Live Longer, and Feel Better Every Day by Bringing Home the Happiest Place on Earth by Gene Baur is a wonderful book with lots of heartwarming photos! The book explains how the farms got started, introduced the reader to some of the residents, explains how a vegan diet helps the climate and earth, and the human body! The last half of the book has lots of delicious recipes! I was hunger when I got that far so they looked even better because ea ...more
Brenden Black
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very simple book that gently opens your eyes to the cognitive dissonance that I think every meat eater has. Despite the size it's a quick read with lots of great full colour pictures and a whole host of recipes.
Shel
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully laid out and designed book. Get the hard copy for this one, not the e-book!
Kristin
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an arc copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Firstreads for the opportunity!

So you know you are a bit foodie (I kind of hate that terminology) obsessed when you enter giveaways for every cookbook without looking at the details well enough.

"Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: How to Eat Healthier, Live Longer, and Feel Better Every Day by Bringing Home the Happiest Place on Earth"

Yeah, that didn't scream VEGAN to me either. I was thinking more natu
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Aubrey
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is for people who...

... feel compassion for others, human and non-human.
... want to make a positive difference in the world.
... worry about the environmental state of the planet, the future of their families.
... wish to live a healthy life that allows them to not just survive but thrive.

Heck, this book is simply, for everyone.

I want to buy multiple copies of this book and hand it out to everyone I know and don't know.

When I think of people I admire most, people I call heroes, I don't t
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Lara
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though it starts off decidedly...twee, I really liked reading about the Farm Sanctuary story--how it got started and why, and all the stories of various animals and how they came to live there and of the various human lives those animals have touched and changed. It's a quick read, mainly about why eating a plant-based diet is a good thing--Baur touches on a lot of different issues with factory farming and our food system, including the massive amounts of land, energy, and water factory farming ...more
Karen
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, animals, food
I'll admit, this probably got a higher rating because I got this book after hearing Gene speak at my local Vegfest in 2016. He's an inspiring presenter and I finally made the leap from long-time almost-vegan to full vegan after that day. I don't fan-girl over many, but Gene? I stood in line to have him sign my book. :-) Not not does he live what he speaks, but he's so full of compassion, it's contagious. He just makes people around him want to be better.

For whom would this book be a good fit? Th
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Susan Maunz
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I enjoy so much about reading is the taking us to the next level in our lives here on earth. Gene Baur enlightens us by living fully and sharing what it means to live knowingly, with awareness of the other living animals on our planet. This book has made me more aware of the choices I make in my eating and how those choices affect other living beings life and death. For example just by giving up chicken I would save 31 chickens a year! I am by no means a vegetarian or vegan, but have adopte ...more
Holly Friel
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Farm Sanctuary & Gene Baur are so inspirational for a more healthy, compassionate, and balanced life. The 1st 1/2 of the book briefly chronicles the story of how Farm Sanctuary was started and the "5 Tenets of Farm Sanctuary Living." The 2nd 1/2 of the book contains amazing vegan recipes - worth buying for this alone! This book is a quick and worthwhile read, filled with inspirational quotes, stories, and beautiful photos. This book might just inspire you to go vegan if you're not already! A ...more
Rift Vegan
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, vegan
Pretty good, though it's preaching to the choir, here. I am not a Farm Sanctuary member, but I like to support vegan books, especially when they're not just cookbooks. The last 60% of the book includes recipes which I skimmed over. I don't cook, but it looked like there was good variety, in types of foods and in prep effort (some recipes taking 10 or 20 mins, some taking hours). The thing I loved about this book were the photos! Happy Animals! I wish I had the opportunity to photograph farmed an ...more
Marla
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book promotes a vegan lifestyle and includes recipes. There are 3 Farm Sanctuaries that care for animals that have previously lived on factory farms. I want to visit!
Kimberlee
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book ten stars, I would!
Nick
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read on why to go vegan from an animal rights perspective, very moderate and all encompassing yet tells the hard truth. A must read!
Sean
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing book

This book shows how meat based diets are harmful to you, your soul and the environment. This makes you know you can charge the World
Tonya Plank
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: animal lovers, foodies,
Recommended to Tonya by: Changing Hands Bookstore
From Witty Kitty's Book Blog:

We loved this book! It’s a nice, big, glossy coffee table book by the founder of the Farm Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY, Gene Baur. It’s a combination of little vignettes illustrating what it’s like to live at the sanctuary, where your friends consist of cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, and ducks, stories about some of the animals and how they came to live there, lovely photos of the animal residents and the people who come to visit, facts about the health b
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Jessica
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2018, food
Okay, I read it, but I’m still not entirely sure who this book is for! I clearly misinterpreted the title – I thought this book about the “Farm Sanctuary Life” by the founder of Farm Sanctuary would be a story of how the organization came to be, their values and stuff about the farm today. It was that, but it also spent a lot of time on the facts and arguments that might convince a person to go vegan/vegetarian in the first place. Plenty of info (but not too much, or too icky) on factory farming ...more
David Neto
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply written, yet highly impacting words. Beautiful not because of its literary significance but for its message of love, respect of both animals and humans, and the importance of embracing a conscious diet. The information is all out there, in this book, and in countless others, and documentaries and web pages. We do with it want we want, but it seems its becoming, in my opinion, harder to ignore, each day that goes by. The book ends with 100 pages of inventive and mouth watering vegan recipe ...more
Devin
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by this book. I’m already eating a plant based diet for health and environmental reasons. I am also convinced that factory farms are morally horrifying and completely unnecessary. But this book challenged me to connect with farm animals on a personal level, and to my surprise I did. The stories of the individual animals are the most effective part of the book. Otherwise, for a seasoned vegan, the information provided is old news.
Nancy
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was so interested to read about this sanctuary. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting past the sanctimony; let's be honest - I didn't get past the sanctimony. A supposed save-the-earth-and-animals-and-yourself message touted the use of almond milk (check out the effects of almond farming on the water table) and encouraged eating fake meats. Have you read about those processed ingredients? This book seems nothing now but an attention-getting, PR tool.
Ellen Jarrard
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the information about Farm Sanctuary's orgins and the beautiful photos of rescued animals. This was the first non-fiction/informational books I read that school year. The recipes also looked good, although I didn't make any. This is a good informational book for vegans who enjoy learning about personal back stories of rescued animals and the orgins of the first farm sanctuary.
Jennifer Frost
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Books usually do not make me cry, but this one did. I loved that this book talked about all the reasons one should become vegan, peppered with stories about the animals that came to the sanctuary. The last part of the book was filled with some amazing vegan recipes. It was a book I highly recommend if you are looking for reasons you should adopt a plant-based diet.
S. M.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, nonfiction
I've been a vegetarian since the 90s and a strict vegan for a while, so I always appreciate books like this. My main issue is with the recipes, which are way too fussy for beginners. Almost all of them require specialty ingredients that most people probably don't have lying around. I cook all the time, but I doubt even I'd make more than one or two of these. Sometimes simpler is better.
Aja Marsh
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food
even though i am pretty much vegan, i did not agree with everything in this book, but it was fun to learn more about the farm sanctuary and the mix of recipes was collected from a wide range of chefs, authors, and restaurants so was nicely diverse and hardly any fake meat to be found.
Kate Singh
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Great for vegan recipes and ideas.
Zann
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has a bio of Farm Sanctuary, lovely photos, interesting recipes, and information on how and why a person might be moved to transition to plant based eating. In addition is info on specific animals at the sanctuary. I enjoyed reading all of this book with one exception.
There was a short piece about a former small farm pig farmer, in his own words. He told of his first group of pigs, purchased to raise for slaughter, and about the runt of the littler that almost starved to death. This fa
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Nikki
I'm not really sure this book would persuade anyone to go vegan, to be honest. There is a great deal of information about the environment and health that is accurate, though I think it is too much info at one quick time which doesn't work for most people (at least according to studies I've read). There were actual study findings included to back up the statements, though they were not terribly in-depth and overall felt rushed.

The stories that were included were often weak and I know there are b
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Christina
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
What a beautifully constructed book with wonderful photos throughout. The first half of the book tells the story of Farm Sanctuary along with some touching stories of some of the animals and non-preachy style writing with tips on how even the smallest changes can make a big difference in the welfare of animals , the health of the planet, and in your own health and well being. Even if you are not vegan or not even interested in going fully vegan, this book is worth checking out.

The book is an acc
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Alexandrea Hills
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads giveaways.

I was looking for a book that would help me plan more meatless meals. I was cautious when entering this giveaway because often when reading more opinion based books there is only one side not two. I really enjoyed reading this book because it did not feel preachy or judgemental. It had good explainations and suggestions. It did not feel like because I eat meat that the author was judging me, he just provided option of how to change things slowly.
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Sheryl
Dec 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
This book was an amazing trip into what we could all be and a way of life that would make a difference. The devotion to the animals that they have become the caretakers for is truly beautiful and at times heartbreaking. The cherish the earth and plant accordingly. I wish I had the strength to live the life that Gene Baur and his family and friends live. By the time I got done reading the book I was even checking available times to go and either stay or visit. I wanted so to live the life he has ...more
Samantha
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book especially for the gorgeous animal photos and great recipes...I'm already vegan but appreciated the concise breakdown of the reasons and benefits. It starts by explaining how Animal Sanctuary was co-founded by Gene Baur, includes lots of touching animal stories and the fundamentals on why choosing a plant-based diet is best for your health, the environment and most of all, the animals. More than half the book is a collection of recipes from famous vegan chefs that look amazing. ...more
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Gene Baur grew up in Hollywood, California and worked in television, film and commercials, including some for McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants. Today, he campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He lives in rural New York state and is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm ani ...more
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