When we learned about Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s re-release of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, we were so excited to support this project! The book has now been released and is available as a beautiful hard cover (signed by the author) for $29.95 plus shipping at www.joyfulvegan.com. We love Colleen’s positivism and enthusiasm for the vegan diet and lifestyle and her joyful nature definitely shines through in this book. The 30-Day Vegan Challenge would be an awesome gift for your newly vegan or vegan-leaning friend or family member or for someone who you wish to ‘challenge’ to try out a vegan lifestyle for 30 days! However, the recipes and insight will also be appreciated by those of us well versed in the vegan lifestyle.
We love that Colleen has an approachable and positive way of presenting veganism to the newbie but at the same time she does not shy away from discussing animal rights and her values of compassion and love for all sentient beings which is permeated throughout this book. She gives great advice to the new comer such as encouraging them to set their intentions and goals and to find a buddy for support in their new journey to health and wellness. She encourages the new comer not to view veganism as a ‘separate food group’ or to shy away from trying new foods. She advises new comers to learn to make vegan versions of old, familiar comfort foods but also to pick a few new recipes to add to their repertoire. Colleen even gives tips for how to be vocal and confident about dietary needs while dining out.
The recipes contained in this book are phenomenal and we can’t wait to try them all! From the Strawberry Bruschetta to the Smokey White Bean Chowder, her recipes range from something to satisfy the palate for home-cooked comfort food to the taste buds of the adventurous foodie. She breaks down topics such as plant-based milks and even has a chapter on ‘Demystifying Tofu’. We feel the new vegan or person in the contemplation stage of changing their diet will really appreciate her thoughtful descriptions contained within these chapters and the rest of the book. Colleen reminds readers to be gentle with themselves in the chapter, “Keeping it in Perspective: Intention, Not Perfection”.
We really appreciate Colleen’s insight throughout this book. She gives practical advice for how to incorporate veganism into everyday living. She also covers topics that are of importance to new vegans and helps readers not to feel overwhelmed by their changing lifestyle and often changing values that accompany it. Colleen explains to readers how they can become a joyful vegan in a non-vegan world!
Colleen has also authored the award winning cook book, The Joy of Vegan Baking. She has written additional cook books such as Color Me Vegan and The Vegan Table. Our personal favorite is her book, Vegan’s Daily Companion, which is a mix of recipes, facts and everyday tips for living as a vegan in this animal-eating world. For more information on Colleen Patrick-Goudreau or any of her books, please visit her website at www.joyfulvegan.com. Colleen also releases regular podcasts and maintains a blog that can also be found through her website or Facebook page.
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