• Grilled

  • Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry
  • By: Leah Garcés
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Grilled by Leah Garcés, read by Laurel Lefkow.  

This is the story of what happens when we cross enemy lines to look for solutions.  

Leah Garcés has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of the animals that end up on our plates. As the former US Executive Director of Compassion in World Farming and the current President of the nonprofit group Mercy for Animals, she has led the fight against the sprawling chicken industry that raises billions of birds in cruel conditions - all to satisfy our appetite for meat.  

Grilled is Leah's story of working alongside the food and farming industry for animal welfare and ethical food. Instead of fighting and protesting and shaming - approaches that simply haven't worked previously - Garcés has instead tried to find common ground with producers. She has worked alongside owners of the megafarms, befriending them, having frank conversations with them, and ultimately encouraging change through dialogue and discussion. Leah is helping to directly improve the lives of millions of farm animals and pushing alternatives such as plant-based substitutes and lab-grown meats to the top of the agenda, with some of the megafarm conglomerates joining forces with her to explore these avenues.  

When she started her journey, Leah Garcés did not have much empathy to spare for the contract chicken farmer - until she actually met one and tried to understand the difficulties they faced. This is the story of giving in to discomfort for the sake of progress. It's a story of the power of human connection and what happens when we practice empathy toward our enemies.

©2019 Leah Garcés (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A crucial road map for any activist trying to make real change in the world." (AJ Jacobs, New York Times best-selling author)

"An animal activist’s journey to the 'other side' - the chicken industry - proves that making friends out of foes is one of the bravest, hardest, and most effective ways to create change." (Joanna Lumley, OBE, actress, author and activist)

"As an animal-welfare activist, Leah Garces could have gone her entire career without speaking to a meat executive or a livestock farmer. Instead, she chose to seek them out, and the conversations she had not only changed her life - they altered the course of an industry. At a moment when every disagreement feels like a death-match and every opponent has to be an enemy, her searching, honest memoir shows us that a different path is possible." (Maryn McKenna, TED speaker and author of Big Chicken and Superbug)

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Inspiring!

An inspiring must-read for any animal activist!
Ps watch out, the epilogue is so beautiful it made me cry

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Profound challenging stories that bring hope.

From animal farming cruel practices and unfair production labor conditions, comes hope from brave people who challenges the status quo seeking a brighter and healthier future for our food and environment. This book gives me hope a real sustainable and regenerative world can be seen in the near future.

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Unmissable, timely and fascinating

In turns deeply disturbing and wildly inspiring, this book actually had me in tears at more than a few points. Released just prior to the pandemic, I see this having even more relevance than it did just a few short months ago. Don't miss this phenomenal story and fascinating inside information - no matter what you choose to put on your plate, what walk of life you're in, this book is a must-read.

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Gives me hope for the future

This book unveils the chicken industry and it is as bad or worse than I anticipated, but that is not where the books leaves you. I do not consider myself an optimist (ha) but this read gave me incredible hope for the future for animals, farmers, farm workers, consumers, meat eaters, non-meat eaters, the planet, even possibly my individual bank account (investment opportunities). There are amazing solutions in the works; America got everyone into the factory farming mess but we can get ourselves out.

Lastly and not least, I’m so inspired by the way the author is able work with others who are seemingly “the enemy” for the common good. She provides an inspiring example that is so needed in current times on a large scale, but that can be used in small everyday interactions. More people need to know about Leah Garcés and hear what she has to say!

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future is vegan (?)

I like that Leah show us perspectives and desicions! This book not just for vegeterians and vegans but for all people who interested in what they are eating and even for people who love taste of meat and want to learn that it is possible to taste meat and be vegan