Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thoughtful Thursdays: 30 Day Vegan Challenge

Yeah, yeah, I know it's Saturday...But, this is Thoughtful Thursday's post:  A review of Colleen Patrick Goudreau's most recent book The 30 Day Vegan Challenge. 

Let me start out by saying I have all but one of Colleen's books and adore them all.  This one is different.  It's not just a cookbook.  It's a full blown guide to going vegan.  Not just recipes, but shopping guides, nutritional information, menu plans, and even about how to "defend" yourself when asked why you're vegan.  It really is a great read.  It reinforced my beliefs as a compassionate vegan and really reminded me why I eat, and live, the way I do.

One thing that really stood out, was the positive message throughout the whole book.  "By choosing to eat life-giving rather than life-taking foods, I'm saying yes to my values of peace, kindness, compassion, health, and simplicity." she says.  There is no attitude in this book, just sweetness and love.

Admittedly, this book wasn't really written for me, a veteran vegan, with plenty of knowledge about label reading, vegan cooking and where to buy my vegan chocolate chips.  But, I am really, really glad that I own it, and am considering buying a few extra copies.  This is the perfect book to give to anyone who has an interest in going vegan, a new vegan, or even to give to someone who questions me (you) about my (your) choices.  It's sweet and kind and written in a nonthreatening tone which will not offend even the most offendable readers.

This book reminds me of a much needed updated version of Joanne Stepaniak's The Vegan Sourcebook but with beautiful photographs, delicious easy to make recipes, an easy to follow format, and tons of relevent (in 2011) information and resources.

I highly recommend this book, and thank Colleen for writing such a inspirational tome.


celyn said...

I was able to hear Colleen Patrick-Goudreau speak at VVC and came away so inspired and thoughtful. I'm really interested in this book and all of her other ones.

Andrea said...

"life-giving vs. life-taking" — Colleen has such a profound way of stating things. said...

I really need to buy a copy of this for a vegetarian friend of mine who's thinking of going vegan.

Anonymous said...

Colleen has launched an online version that has audio and video components. Highly recommended.

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