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Vegan's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Inspiration for Cooking, Eating, and Living Compassionately Paperback – March 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536795
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews


“An unfettered, unabashed daily affirmation of the joy of being vegan. An invitation and a promise, a process and a guide for creating a compassionate world. And some darn good recipes, too!” —Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat

“Though this book is geared towards vegans, it is really a guide for anyone and everyone who wants to live mindfully, compassionately, and healthfully. Full of wisdom, intelligence, and thoughtfulness, The Vegan's Daily Companion is one of those books that inspires you to be a better person with each page you read.” —John Robbins, bestselling author of The Food Revolution, Diet For a New America, and The New Good Life

“From the exquisite photographs to the reader-friendly, daily-message format, Vegan's Daily Companion may be the most complete guide to a cruelty-free, go-green, love-your-body and heal-the-planet lifestyle ever written. I want one copy for my kitchen and another for my coffee table.” —Victoria Moran, author of The Love-Powered Diet and Creating a Charmed Life

“As a vegan advocate for nearly two decades, I was pleasantly surprised to learn a wealth of brand new and fascinating information in this completely unique book that combines practical tips and insightful wisdom for eating healthfully and living joyfully. Full of stunning photos and interesting facts about animals in history and literature, this is a fantastic resource for vegans as well as for curious, compassionate non-vegans.” —Melanie Joy, Ph.D., author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

About the Author

Raised on a typical American diet of meat, dairy, and eggs, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau was moved to change when she read Diet for a New America at 19. No longer able to justify eating animals and their “products,” Colleen began a journey of discovery that continues to this day.

For over 11 years, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has guided people to becoming and staying vegan through sold-out cooking classes, award-winning cookbooks, inspiring lectures, and her immensely popular video and audio podcasts. Using her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense, she empowers and inspires people to live as healthfully and compassionately as possible.

Calling Patrick-Goudreau “a star in the vegetarian universe,” VegNews Magazine bestowed upon her The Vegan Martha Stewart award. Colleen is an exhilarating speaker, a powerful writer, a talented chef, and a persuasive advocate whose success can be measured by the thousands of people whose lives have been changed by her compassionate message. With a master’s degree in English literature and a command of traditional and new media, Patrick-Goudreau fosters change whether she is writing books, speaking to live audiences, hosting her podcast, or producing videos.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the award-winning author of several books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, and Color Me Vegan. She writes “The VegGuru” column for VegNews Magazine, contributes to National Public Radio, and has guided thousands of people to becoming vegan through her cooking classes, inspiring lectures, and popular podcast, “Food for Thought.”

She lives with her husband and feline boys in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her at

More About the Author

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has dedicated her life to empowering people to make informed food choices, to debunking myths about veganism, to being a voice for animals, and to giving people the tools and resources they need to live according to their own values of compassion and wellness. Using her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense, Colleen adeptly addresses the ethical, social, and practical aspects of a compassionate lifestyle.

A powerful writer, talented chef, and exhilarating speaker with a master's in English Literature, she is the author of six books, including the award-winning The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, and On Being Vegan. With a command of traditional and new media, Colleen is the creator of the popular online multimedia program, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge; the host and producer of the life-changing podcast Vegetarian Food for Thought; and she delivers inspiring lectures around the country. She has appeared on the Food Network and PBS and is a contributor to National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor.

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Really a great little book, beautiful pictures and content.
The information about food is so educational and of course the stories about the animals resolves any efforts you may feel living as a vegan in a meat eaters world.
K. M. Boyd
For anyone new to being a vegan or thinking of becoming vegan, this is a great book that is helpful and inspiring along with educational.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Justin on February 23, 2011
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I must start out by saying that Colleen Patrick-Goudreou is one of my favorite vegan authors; her cookbooks "The Vegan Table" and "Color Me Vegan" feature some of my most-used recipes. When I saw her new book, "Vegan's Daily Companion," I immediately snapped it up. I was very excited that Colleen was writing another vegan book that wasn't primarily a cookbook. How did her first non-cookbook venture turn out?

Wonderful! This is a great reference book that you can literally flip open to any page and read a passage or article. It is designed with 365 articles to be one year's worth of daily passages, but I enjoy just reading through the book at my leisure. The articles feature some recipes, rescued animal profiles, veg-friendly literature by the likes of Mark Twain and Roald Dahl, vegan "power" food profiles, and more! There are some lovely pictures of farm animals and food well as photos of Colleen herself.

Any cons? Well, it's more of a minor disappointment: about half of the recipes from the book are recycled from Colleen's previous cookbooks. There are, however, some new recipes too for those (like myself) who already own Colleen's cookbooks.

This book has a lot of information for those curious about a vegan lifestyle, as well as long-time vegans. You can use the book throughout the year for daily readings, but it also works lovely as a bathroom companion or coffee table book. Like I said, I love that I can just flip open to any page and find a completely stand-alone article to read.

Highly recommended!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Katya on February 23, 2011
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I own all of Colleen's books (in fact, her podcast was the reason I became vegan) and love all of them. They are nice to touch, to look at, to read thru, and try new recipes. I just got this latest book and started reading each entry day by day. I created a routine where I have my morning tea and read an entry from the book, which sets up a nice tone of compassion and creativity for the rest of my day.
I've even tried some of the recipes from the book, which are all delicisios.

I highly recommend this book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2011
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The thought of giving up meat, eggs and even cheese sounds to many like a life filled with deprivation. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's latest book proves that this is not the case. The decision to become vegan, to live a life based on compassion, can be one of the most fulfilling decisions a person can make. If you are a long time vegan or someone considering giving it a try, this is a book you will want to take along on your journey.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Katrina on August 13, 2011
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I saw this gem in my local Barnes and Noble early this year. I was an omnivore who'd been admittedly intrigued by vegetarianism for most of my life. The pictures of the cover really grabbed me, particularly the photo of a happy looking woman (who I later learned was the author herself) with a gorgeous cow. I thought, "I could never go vegan, but man that way of life looks so peaceful." I didn't buy the book, but every time I'd go to a bookstore, I'd seek it out and peruse the incredible stories and photography. Fast forward a few months -- I was exploring vegan blogs (again, with NO intention to go vegan) and came across a video that sealed the deal for me forever. After I seeing what happened to the animals I was eating, I was done and was now on that happy new path myself. Later in the summer, after discovering and listening to Colleen' vegetarian/vegan podcast called Compassionate Cooks (on itunes) I realized she was the same person who'd authored that beautiful (and I should note very nonjudgmental) book. I finally treated myself and bought the tome, and it's quickly become one of my favorite books in the world. Even if you have no intention to become vegetarian or vegan, this book is an amazing gift to have if you are fond of animals and their amazing ways.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JL Fields on March 10, 2011
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This book got me on Day One. Let me back up. The Vegan's Daily Companion is a collection of 365 essays and recipes, one a day. Day One? Kale! In this entry Patrick-Goudreau describes the nutrition-dense vegetable and offers suggestions on how to use kale. Throughout the year you will find essays and recipes, categorized by day:

Monday: For the Love of Food
Tuesday: Compassionate Communication
Wednesday: Optimum Health for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Thursday: Animals in the Arts: Literature and Film
Friday: Stories of Hope, Rescue, and Transformation
Saturday - Sunday: Healthful Recipes

As someone who has followed a vegan diet for one year and is finding herself more firmly in the ethical vegan camp, it's a terrific book. In short essays Patrick-Goudreau equips a new vegan with how to talk about the vegan diet and lifestyle and shares stories and essays on the non-dietary aspect of veganism -- the animals. As a lover of literature, I'm enjoying the film and literary recommendations. And I love that on the weekend -- when I do most of my cooking -- there are recipes.

I decided the best way to choose a recipe was simply to pick up the book, let it open, and thumb to the next Saturday-Sunday recipe entry. Lucky me! I landed on page 132 and found Nut Butter Dip (A.K.A. Crack Dip).

One bite of this surprisingly spicy and sweet and savory creaminess and you'll understand the addictive nature, too. I have enjoyed it with apples, celery, carrots and crackers.

I highly recommend Vegan's Daily Companion for new vegans. It covers the spectrum of the vegan lifestyle. You get nutrition facts and recipes. And you are also gently, and compassionately, reminded that it really is about the animals.
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