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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
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 throughout...as 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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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
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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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2011
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2011
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
I am not a vegetarian or vegan (yet) but have new family members who are. Out of respect for those who are, and as a person who has been actively losing weight the last year or so and eating more vegetables, I picked up this book. I have sent copies of this book to friends and recommended it to other meat eaters who have vegetarians or vegans in their families. I describe this book as a gentle book. The entries are not judgmental against those who do eat meat, but are examples of loving relationships and reasons from those who don't. There are recipes and essays, poems, and stories and historical information that allows readers to judge for themselves why the world might be a better place without using animals the way we do now. This book is helpful for those of us who want to make our vegetarian or vegan friends and family members who visit feel welcomed. Rather than insisting they can eat meat, "just this once" when they visit or not having food they can eat at all, we can make an effort to respect their no meat choice, as well as no eggs or dairy for vegans. Offering vegan choices is not that difficult. That respect for others, alone, helps make this world a better place.

For those who feel they too often have to defend themselves for not eating meat, this book can give them examples of explanations that are less confrontational and more educational. For those of us who don't understand how someone can give up meat in a society that competes for the better burger, our natural reaction to meeting someone who doesn't eat meat is "how can you get enough protein in your diet?" That has to be an annoying question after a very short time. This book provides a new way of answering that question.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2011
I've thoroughly enjoyed picking this book up every morning at breakfast. It is full of little tidbits and inspirational stories that remind me of why I am a vegan, and why I've chosen to live a life of compassion and non-violence. Colleen is truly an expert at helping others see that there's much more to veganism than the associations that so many people have. I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
I was prepared for it to be good, and I was still blown away. Ms. Patrick-Goudreau displays the true definition of 'joyful vegan'. Her words inspire, and call for action and compassion in such a way so as not to make one feel guilty for being a former meat-eater (such as myself) or even a current omnivore. The literary references are beautiful, and open my eyes to the works of many great minds of past and present. The stories of hope written by members of tireless animal sanctuary members are amazing and help to provide purpose for meaningful activism. And then there are the recipes, each one beautifully formed and bursting with whole-food goodness. I have personally tried 90% of the dishes in this book (many more than once), and am VERY pleased with the results of each. The best part, in my opinion and as someone that lives in a less-urban area of our country, is that the recipes do not call for 'weird' ingredients only found in the lofty health food stores of larger cities. This book, along with the 'Vegetarian Food for Thought' podcast (also beautifully crafted by Ms. Patrick-Goudreau), was with me each step of the way on my path toward true compassion. Recommended with a full heart and happy tummy <3
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2011
Colleen Patrick-Goudreou is one of my favorite authors. When I became a vegan almost a year ago, the first vegan cookbooks I bought were hers. "The Vegan Table" and "The Joy of Vegan Baking". The layout of the book is good. It has something different for everyday that pertains to living as a vegan. The book is inspirational. Fridays in this book are Stories of hope, rescue, and transformation and they are my favorite part of the book. My four year old daughter loves looking at the pictures of animals in here. She loves to look at the book with me and read from it to her. You did a great job Colleen and I look foward to more wonderful books from you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2011
Really a great little book, beautiful pictures and content. It has everything a vegan could want: recipes, food information, and some very wonderful stories of rescue. This book is great to carry around and feel hope and guidance. Colleen is really a wonderful person to make such a great book. Vegans need more than JUST cookbooks (though she makes some of the best), we also need to feel good and have a daily dose of love and hope.
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