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The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs Paperback – November 12, 2019
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The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs
Joyful vegans manifest and model compassion.
We all know how easy it is to have compassion for those who agree with us, look like us, vote like us, and eat like us, but being compassionate means striving to have compassion for everyone:
- the guilty and the nonguilty
- the kind and the unkind
- the good and the evil
- the human and the nonhuman
- the people we like and the people we don’t
Authentic compassion means having compassion even for people who are not compassionate.
Joyful vegans plant seeds and remain unattached to whether or not those seeds germinate.
This concept is difficult to comprehend and even more so to implement, especially for those who perceive letting go as weakness or passivity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Being clear and standing firm in what you say but remaining unattached to how someone reacts to what you say is incredibly empowering and liberating.
Worry less about people who don’t agree with you.
Harness instead the power and energy of the people who do agree with you, get to work, and let others do theirs.
Joyful vegans find common ground.
They even find common ground with people who may on the face of it seem like “the enemy” or “the opposition.” This is not always easy to do because you have to be more willing to find resolution than you are eager to be right; you have to be more willing to solve the problem than you are anxious to win the argument. Joyful vegans ask, Do I want to be right or do I want to be effective?
“The Joyful Vegan is a breath of fresh air in a world that, far too often, thumbs its nose at people who prioritize compassion. Every vegan, semi-vegan, or plant-based individual needs a copy of this thoughtful, thorough, game-changing book!”
—Evanna Lynch, vegan activist and actress in the Harry Potter film series
“The Joyful Vegan resonates deeply with me. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau identifies exactly what we need more of in our interactions with one another: greater empathy, understanding, and respect for our common humanity.”
—Cory Booker, US senator
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has a unique ability to communicate with conviction and moral clarity while also acknowledging the gray areas of ethical living. With The Joyful Vegan, she gives voice to the universal challenges vegans face while empowering us with exactly what we need to overcome them. This book is a game-changer for new and veteran vegans alike.”
—Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary and author of Farm Sanctuary
“This book is essential reading for anyone who has ever thought they had to choose between living ethically, eating healthfully, and engaging socially. The Joyful Vegan normalizes a compassionate way of living and empowers readers to embrace their values with confidence and joy.”
—Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Veganist, The Lean, and Clean Protein
“Enjoying delicious, nutritious, plant-based food is easy! It’s everything else that tests the most committed among us: the social pressure to conform, the emotional interactions with loved ones, and the awareness of all the unnecessary suffering. Luckily, Colleen equips us with everything we need to face these hurdles with strength and grace—and reminds us all that eating vegan is something to celebrate!”
—Michael Greger, MD, founder of NutritionFacts.org and New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die
“By adeptly putting into words exactly what we all experience—whether we stop eating meat, dairy, and eggs for health or ethical reasons—The Joyful Vegan is a life-saver—literally.” —Miyoko Schinner, founder and CEO of Miyoko's, author, and activist
“The unique contribution of The Joyful Vegan is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s 10 Stages that many vegans experience when they stop eating animals. The insights she provides around this concept are deeply empowering and validating for vegans who struggle living in a dominant, animal-eating culture.”
—Melanie Joy, PhD, author of Beyond Beliefs and Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
“With keen insights into our cultural norms and social customs, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau cements veganism and plant-based living as legitimate, healthful, and pleasurable.”
—Bruce Friedrich, coauthor of Clean Protein and executive director of the Good Food Institute
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau draws you into her world of compassion in order to make your world better. Her skill as a writer, her purity as an observer, and her ability to make being vegan both profound and joyful will prompt you to follow her guidance and insight—whether you’ve been vegan for a day or for a lifetime.”
—Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and director, Main Street Vegan Academy
“Millions of people are going vegan. But how and why are they staying vegan? In The Joyful Vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau examines this and more, sharing insights and tips for anyone jumping into—or considering—a vegan lifestyle. This thought-provoking and encouraging book is a must-have for anyone who aspires to go vegan and wants to stay vegan.”
—Kristie Middleton, author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time
“The Joyful Vegan is destined to be at the top of the reading list for everyone who aspires to live—and eat—consciously . . . This book delivers the confidence, language, and insights you need to expand compassionate living—in your own life and in the world. Brilliant.”
—Lani Muelrath, author of The Mindful Vegan and The Plant-Based Journey
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a visionary. She translates vegan ideals into accessible prose and practice more effectively than anyone I know. Relentlessly positive, her message intuitively appeals to vegans, almost-vegans, and no-way-I’d-ever-be vegans alike, which is to say: all of us.”
—James McWilliams, author of Just Food and Eating Promiscuously: Adventures in the Future of Food
“Reading The Joyful Vegan will help you find a compassionate and rational voice for your passion. I’m grateful to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau for helping us become better advocates for animals. Indispensable reading!”
—Tobias Leenaert, author of How to Create a Vegan World and cofounder of Proveg International
About the Author
A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan’s Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the podcast Food for Thought, which has been voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers several years in a row, and Animalogy, which is about the animal-related words and expressions we use every day. She also co-founded the East Bay Animal PAC to work with government officials on animal issues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Colleen shares her message of compassion and wellness on national and regional TV and radio programs and as a monthly contributor to National Public Radio (KQED). She has appeared on the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX; interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report; and her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com. Colleen lives in Oakland, CA with her husband David and two cats, Charlie and Michiko.
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948836467
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948836463
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : BenBella Books (November 12, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #126,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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