Guess what, Seattle friends of animals? Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, will be at Town Hall Seattle next week! On Friday, May 8, he’ll be talking with University of Washington professor Kathryn Gillespie about eating ethically, respecting nature, animal rights, and more.
Baur has a new book out, co-authored with Gene Stone, who wrote the bestselling Forks Over Knives. The book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, is Gene-ius. I’m sorry, I mean genius.
The book is worth buying for the photography alone. So many great pictures of adorable and happy pigs, cows, goats, turkeys, ducks, and more. I wanted to hug them all. There are also gorgeous scenic shots from around Farm Sanctuary. Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary is an animal protection organization famous for its 175-acre Watkins Glen animal sanctuary (they also have two smaller sanctuaries in California).
The book is divided into two parts. Part one has a brief background on Farm Sanctuary, followed by the five tenets of living a Farm Sanctuary lifestyle. They are:
- Live and Eat in Alignment with Your Values
- Engage in a Mindful Connection with Animals
- Engage in a Mindful Connection with Your Food
- Eat Plants…for Your Health
- Eat Plants…for the Health of the Earth
The book is encouraging, and somehow manages to directly address the negative impacts of eating animals without passing any judgment. The overall message is that it’s possible for everyone to do good—and possible for everyone to do better. One of my favorite lines sums it up well: “There is some way for every single person who cares about animals to take a step, small or large.”
(That line’s actually going to go up on my wall at work, next to my favorite line from David Carr.)
Another gem: “We strive to live according to our better angels and to set a good example.” I’m filing this one away for later. Raising my nearly 3-year-old as a vegan has been easy so far (thank you, Seattle, I love you), but I’m sure that won’t always be the case. And I know I can come back to this line when I need to.
The second part of the book focuses on food. First comes a section on vegan basics and some unexpected tips for a vegan diet (including a list of unsung root veggies).
Then there are 100 recipes, both from Baur himself and from other notable vegans, including Rip Esselstyn, Chloe Coscarelli, Bryant Terry, Moby, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and Biz and Livia Stone.
The Just Mayo Chickpea Salad Sandwich, from Hunter Clark, was easy and excellent. It’s going to be my go-to lunch all summer long. The Peppery Cardamom Rolls—a delicious-sounding twist on cinnamon rolls, from Jason Wyrick—look completely amazing. (If there’s a mom in your life you plan to celebrate on Mother’s Day, you couldn’t go wrong with giving her a copy of this book, along with a batch of the Peppery Cardamom Rolls.)
That’s just two, but I could go on and on about how great the other 98 sound. Well, 97—from the smell of my kitchen alone, I feel comfortable deeming the Cornmeal Blueberry Cookies a hit (this recipe is from Madelyn Pryor).
The book is interspersed with contributed essays—including one on cruelty-free fashion from John Bartlett, an award-winning fashion designer—and profiles of the sanctuary’s residents—including one on Sweety, a blind cow who began life on a Canadian dairy farm.
There are also fantastic quotes scattered throughout the book, including this one from Benjamin Hoff, author of The Tao of Pooh: “If people were superior to animals, they’d take better care of the world.”
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life will encourage you to take better care of the world, whether it’s through large steps or small ones (t will also make you want to go hug the nearest animal). The effects of even baby steps can ripple outward and create lasting positive impacts.
If you’re free Friday night, be sure to attend the Town Hall event—this one’s not to be missed.
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: Event starts at 7:30; doors open at 6:30
Location: Downstairs at Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Seneca Street)
Seattle, WA 98101
Cost: Tickets are $5, and available here
Facebook: Farm Sanctuary