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

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“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

“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

“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

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 inspiring podcast "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.

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, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, and Rodale News--and in countless publications, blogs, and podcasts.

Her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com, and she is a featured guest on Delicious TV's Vegan Mashup, a program that recently aired on public television in 41 states. Colleen is a regular contributor to Perspectives on KQED, NPR's San Francisco affiliate, which reaches 830,000 listeners weekly.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536795
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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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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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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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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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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