The Joys and Benefits of Living Compassionately and Healthfully. In Other Words: Vegan.
On Being Vegan: Reflections on a Compassionate Life
On Being Vegan

On Being Vegan is a collection of thoughtfully crafted essays that reflect Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense and get to the heart of what it means to be vegan. Born out of her life-changing talks and podcast episodes, On Being Vegan is Colleen’s 6th book.

  • Chapter 1 is the author’s own personal story from compassionate child to desensitized adult.
  • Chapter 2, “Defining Vegan,” comprises the origins of the word “vegan” and its meaning.
  • Chapter 3, “Why Vegan?” provides an overview of some of the most compelling reasons people leave animal products off their plates.
  • Chapter 4 details just what the chapter title promises: “The Joys and Benefits of Living Vegan.”
  • Chapter 5 offers a guide for identifying animal products on food packaging.
  • Chapter 6 asks and answers: “How Vegan is Vegan?”
  • Chapter 7 emphasizes the fact that being vegan is about “Intention Not Perfection.”

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Praise and Reviews
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a visionary. She translates vegan ideals into accessible prose and practice more effectively than any animal advocate I know. The fact that she does so through the seductive conceits of cooking, eating, and personal narration allows her authentic voice of compassion to echo across a divide too often marked by acrimony and confusion. Relentlessly positive, her message will intuitively appeal to vegans, almost-vegans, and no-way-I’d-ever-be vegans alike, which is to say: all of us.” ~James McWilliams, vegan advocate, blogger, and author of A Revolution in Eating and Just Food
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has once again managed to pack a small, easy-to-read volume with invaluable insights that are enlightening for both new and longtime vegans. Even though I’ve been active in the vegan movement for over 20 years and have written my own books on the subject, On Being Vegan provided me with new wisdom and a deeper level of personal empowerment. ~Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows and President and Founder of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network
“With her unending wealth of knowledge, insightful personal experience, and authentic affection for her readers, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau offers this deeply engaging manifesto on just about everything the conscious consumer ponders in a way that everyone can digest.” ~Jasmin Singer, Executive Director of Our Hen House
“With On Being Vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau demonstrates once again why she is a leading voice in the worldwide movement toward a more compassionate way of living. Drawing on her years of experience as an animal activist, vegan cookbook author, podcast producer, cooking instructor, public speaker, and confidante, Colleen explores what it means to live a fully awakened life—a life steeped in an abundance of choices, flavors, and new experiences. Whether you’re a longtime vegan or thinking of taking the leap, you’ll find On Being Vegan to be a healthy helping of commonsense advice and myth-busting. ~Mark Hawthorne, author of Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism and Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering
“As veganism continues its unremitting expansion into our culture, there are few working as persistently and creatively as Colleen Patrick-Goudreau to help people understand the profound benefits of vegan living, and what it actually is. In On Being Vegan, she provides a solid foundation for both the theory and practice of vegan living, and covers, in a concise and readable way, the immense breadth of veganism as well as how it affects the details of daily life. This is the first in a series, and in this overview, she brings her characteristic thoughtful and empowering perspective that has endeared her to so many people searching for guidance and clarity in their quest for living more compassionate, healthy, and aware lives. Highly recommended.” ~Will Tuttle, Ph.D, author of the acclaimed best-seller, The World Peace Diet, is a pianist, composer, Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, and joyful vegan since 1980.


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