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The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately Paperback – August 23, 2011

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"[Patrick Goudreau] excels in demystifying something that feels unobtainable to many people--vegan living--and...distills it into practical steps and information without dumbing it down. Colleen is like your best friend: supporting you but also encouraging you to live up to your potential....I recommend [this book] for anyone who has struggled with trying to go vegan in the past, or would like to try it for the first time. For those of us who are tried-and-true vegans, I also recommend the book for its...common sense approach to...compassionate living. Plus, recipes! Get this book as a gift for yourself, your friends, and family." —The Chicago Examiner

"What a delicious way to get more energy, say good-bye to those stubborn pounds, and get healthy for good." —Neal D. Barnard, M.D., president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart 
"If you’ve ever asked Where would I get my protein?, How would I bake without eggs?, or Is there really life after cheese?, then this book is for you!" —Rory Freedman, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

"This is a gorgeous, smart, insightful book to guide you through the ins and outs of eating a healthful vegan diet." —Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet

About the Author

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the award-winning author of five books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, Color Me Vegan, and Vegan’s Daily Companion. Through her writing, inspiring lectures, and popular podcast “Food for Thought,” she has guided thousands of people to living compassionately and healthfully. Visit her at www.colleenpatrickgoudreau.com.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345526171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526175
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A recognized expert and thought leader on all aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books. She is an acclaimed speaker and a multimedia host, beloved for her entertaining and informative videos and her inspiring podcast, "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers. Colleen is a regular contributor to National Public Radio.

Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs, including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, Rodale News, and in countless blogs and podcasts. Her recipes have been featured on Oprah.com and Epicurious.com. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two cats, Charlie and Michiko.

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If you asked me 6 months ago if I'd ever go vegan, I'd have told you that you were off your rocker. Give up meat? Maybe. Give up butter, eggs, cheese, and cream? Nope. No way.

Long story short, five months ago I watched a video showing what animals went through in the meat, dairy, and egg industries. My world changed instantly and I knew I'd never touch another animal product again. So I was left to fumble about a bit on my own and gradually educate myself on how to do this healthfully and sanely, all while hearing dire warnings from well-meaning family and friends. Luckily, I discovered this author's podcast pretty early on in the process (Vegetarian Food for Thought at compassionatecooks.com), so that helped me enormously. (She has, however, ruined other podcasts for me, as hers are so good.) I have never been happier. That sounds trite, but I could not put it any simpler. I am a very happy person now. (And much much healthier!) But I really wished I had had this book five months ago. How lucky are you, soon-to-be-reader?

It is amazing on many counts, but I'll narrow it to four:

1) The chapters in this book hit all the points a person in transition would ask or be asked. All the nutritional aspects are covered. Types of products are covered. Tips on making cooking easier, quicker, and more enjoyable are covered. But just as important, the social aspects are covered. In fact, the advice about social situations may be one of the ways this book is most helpful. It's hard to put into words, but she has a way of explaining things that makes you really understand where your concerned loved ones are coming from.
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175 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Thibodaux on August 23, 2011
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I've been a vegan for 8 years, and for the last 7.9 or so of those years, I've been an unabashed and exuberant vegan advocate.

The problem is I've always had difficulty identifying that "one book" I would want to give to someone who, for one reason or another, has become interested in veganism and a compassionate lifestyle. For the spiritual, I might recommend Will Tuttle's "The World Peace Diet". For animal lovers, perhaps Gail Eisnitz's unflinching "Slaughterhouse" is the way to go. For someone health-focused, I might recommend something by Barnard or Esselstyn or McDougall. If I didn't know the veg-curious person that well... well, you can't go too wrong with something by John Robbins, right?

But no more. There is a single book that I can recommend anyone, and that book is "The 30-Day Vegan Challenge".

What a beautiful and astonishing book this is. I was lucky enough to get a copy two days before the rest of the world at book's release party in San Francisco, and I devoured it in two days. It's all here: the health arguments, the environmental arguments, and, of course, the arguments on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. Oh, and there are the recipes. The recipes are a "greatest hits" collection from Colleen's previous (awesome) cookbooks, and they're fantastic.

But delicious "vegan food" is easy. The hard work is in the arguing, and in the convincing, and in the hand holding, and in the encouraging of those who are just beginning their more compassionate path - the path upon which they align their values with their actions. And that is where this book excels. Colleen answers every objection, every question, and every excuse that any vegan has ever heard, and she does it swiftly and conclusively. It's a wonder to witness.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Big World Jenn on August 23, 2011
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I'm a huge fan of Colleen's cookbooks and absolutely love her wonderful, informative podcasts. She does amazing work and is a fabulous, joyful spokesperson for a vegan lifestyle! I'm so pleased that's she's written a "how-to" guide to going vegan!

This book is aimed at those interested in trying out a vegan diet or those ready to transition to veganism, but is a worthy addition to any vegan library. Each chapter tackles new issues, ranging from stocking your healthful vegan pantry to menu planning to handling social issues. Each step of the way, Colleen packs in nutrition and health information, as well as ethical considerations. There are more than 100 vegan recipes, so you don't even need to buy a cookbook to take the challenge! Her recipes are easy to follow and execute; they don't have huge, long lists of ingredients with multiple steps. In other words, even if you haven't made a lot of vegan dishes in the past, you'll be able to make some delicious meals! I can't wait for more people to eat meatless and now you've got a guide to help you get there!

I also want to add that it's a well put together and thought out book with beautiful photos. The author does a great job of answering questions and addressing concerns in making a transition to a vegan diet. I'm a 30 year vegetarian turned vegan about a decade ago and even though most of the information wasn't new to me, I still really enjoyed this book. If you are just beginning your transition, know that this book will be a valuable tool.

If you are even thinking of moving to a more compassionate diet, run to your nearest bookstore or order from Amazon. This is the book you need to hold your hand on your journey to vegan diet and lifestyle. Even if you aren't sure you can do it or aren't ready to be fully vegan, this book will help you to incorporate more animal-free meals into your diet. Highly recommended!
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