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Vegan's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Inspiration for Cooking, Eating, and Living Compassionately

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"Full of wisdom, intelligence, and thoughtfulness, 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

"An unfettered, unabashed daily affirmation of the joy of being vegan. An invitation and a promise, a process
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Quarry Books (first published 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: experienced & new vegans & the vegan curious; anyone who cares about health & animals
The fact that this passage a day book didn’t annoy me to death, even when I was actually reading one entry per day, goes a long way toward making the book a 5 star book for me. But, it’s also informative, smart, touching, useful, and inspiring.

I did do the "read a passage a day" for a while, but that just isn't how I enjoy books, so I finished it way, way "early" and did not take a full year to read it; I got up to/on page 83 of 310 reading it that way: and then it turned out I'm really, really
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vegan-resources
This book has some nice ideas, and the recipes were great. But some of the "chapters" of the book had me rolling my eyes. At one point the author says that the phrase "kill two birds with one stone" is out-dated and promotes a violent life-style. She suggests replacing the saying with "cut two carrots with one knife." Ugggghhhh. This is the stuff that gives vegans a bad reputation. As a dedicated and passionate vegan, ancient sayings like this one are the LEAST of my concerns. I want to write th ...more
I rarely buy books but decided to buy this as a gift to myself. It arrived this week and is a delight to hold in my hands - a gorgeous hardback with a purple ribbon as a placeholder, and thick pages filled with beautiful color photos. The book is organized as a day minder. Monday is a celebration of food, either familiar or new (like blueberries one week or tempeh the next); Tuesday is compassionate communication (techniques and tactics for speaking on behalf of veganism in a compassionate way); ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, food
I am trying NOT to read this in one big gluttonous session, because it's designed to be a daily reader. But it's hard, because everything about this book is beautiful. I knew I would love it when I opened it to the first entry, and it's about kale. Awesome.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
"...vegan is what I was meant to be."

"My hope is that we can navigate through this world and our lives with the grace and integrity of those who need our protection. May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats; may we have the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens and the sassiness of the roosters. May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, and the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I put this in a lot of different shelves. That's because this book transcends being a single thing. I tend to really get into books about veganism that aren't JUST cookbooks. I mean, I LOVE cookbooks...hell, I just read them like any other book (a trait my Mother-in-Law and I share!), but I REALLY like it when there is something else going on. This book has that. First, it is beautiful. Well put together, easy to read, BEAUTIFUL photos...everything I've come to expect from Colleen Patrick-Goudre ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a good introduction to a vegan lifestyle, with encouragement to move in that direction. Patrick-Goudreau includes good, simple recipes, health tips, education on food and eating healthily. She also gives many examples of real-life animals who were mistreated and ultimately, saved—I found those too difficult to read (and since I haven’t eaten animals for almost 40 years, felt I could be excused from putting myself through the sadness of reading them), and also summarizes books, poems, and ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a visually beautiful book - the photography is truly stunning. It's sprinkled with many nice tips and I truly enjoyed many of the Animals in the Arts entries. However, put in to practice all her compassionate communication recommendations and you'll need this book as your daily companion because you will have alienated all your human ones. But if that is your goal, you would be cutting two carrots with one knife.
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is stupendous! I try to keep it by my bedside, but I find I am so often toting it around the house to find a reference, a recipe, share a story with someone, etc., that it almost never sits still for too long. Colleen is an inspiration, and her positive approach to vegan living shines in this exemplary volume of daily essays!
Rift Vegan
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vegans, journal writers, wanna bes
Recommended to Rift by: Laloofah
Shelves: vegan, 2011
wow. This is a wonderful book, and I can't wait to read it again. And again!

Actually, this is the book that I've been meaning to write. Of course, I would do it differently since I have different interests than Colleen (I don't cook). But, I am so happy and thrilled that Colleen had the same idea and ran with it. Vegan's Daily Companion is amazing and I highly recommend it!
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've wanted this since it came out. I'm now a dedicated vegan and had bonus cash back rewards :) so treated myself to it. Its beautiful, inspiring, uplifting, helpful, peaceful ruminations and recipes encourage me on my vegan journey.
Kris Siegel
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vegan-books
This book helps keep me on track.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this book!
Practical solutions and advice - new perspectives on cruel analogies etc. Love it!
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Actually, it's more of a companion, than a book, so the title is dead on. As a Vegan, it's not always easy to find a sense of community, and that is why this daily read will be my daily read for a very long time, if not forever. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau did an amazing job at reminding me, and any Vegan who is lucky enough to own this book, that there are other like-minded people out there in the world. That, in itself, is worth everything. This book is meant to be read ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read after becoming vegan, it really helped me go through the difficult times when dealing with family, friends or the questions I was asking myself about some basic nutrition, cooking ideas etc. It's an easy read, varied in information and is ideal for people who struggle with many vegan issues. I would recommend this to every (beginning) veganist as a read to find a peaceful living within a carnistic world. After reading her book, I also got into listening to her podca ...more
With different types of entries, that daily guide to veganism is pretty thorough. I could not just read one page at a day so I've finished it way faster than in a year. But I will be returning to it, even if it's only to try some of the recipes. I also learned a lot about some of the vegetables the author wrote about... The vegan part (like how to talk about veganism, how to have a non-violent way of speaking...) was not new to me but pretty good too.

I was a little surprised by the choice of the
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great, inspirational, educational. Expands one's thinking on animals' place in the world. Provides some answers for those vegan questions we are always being asked. A kind and gentle voice on a very sad, cruel topic.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book, friend loved!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A year in the reading, this book has given me a lot to think about.
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
I grabbed this book from the library in order to look for healthy recipe ideas for my grandmother-in-law who is trying to fend off diabetes through dietary changes. I also thought it might help me with my vegetarian diet -- making sure I'm covering all of my vitamin needs, etc. and maybe even teach me a little more about what it means to be vegan.

This book is organized by "weeks". Each day of the week has a different kind of article.

Monday = Exposure to a vegan-friendly food (kale, quinoa, tempe
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got turned on to Colleen Patrick Goudreau (CPG) - through her podcasts, "Food for Thought," a little over a year ago. CPG, who is sometimes called the "Martha Stewart of Veganism," is something of a philosopher on veganims and conscious living, offering thoughtful commentary and recipes alike. She does so with much wit and humor. There are tons of vegan books out there, but CPG is unique because - unlike many vegan writers - Goudreau doesn't push her readers to "go vegan," but instead offers t ...more
Cydni Perkins
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
What I loved: the recipes. They all look heavenly. I want to make all of them. Also, there are pages that discuss how we can make our speech patterns less violent and removing phrases like killing two birds with one stone, and possibilities of what to say instead. I thought this advise was silly at first, but after reflecting on it for a couple of weeks I decided I agreed with Colleen and I didn't want to casually talk about killing birds.

What I hated: This book is a huge cryfest. I'm sensitive
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at Border's close-out sale & was thrilled to see a book by an author I had read another one of her books. I bought it thinking it was a cookbook. Most of the cookbooks were pretty picked over at that point in the sale.

Upon reading it at first I wasn't sure if i was happy or disappointed that it really is NOT 'just a cookbook', although it does have recipes in it. It is so much more.

I did not read it one day for each day as the author has it laid out, I read it maybe 6 or 7 '
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was great for insight, anecdote, and recipes for a newbie vegetarian or vegan. I absolutely loved this excerpt from the introduction. It's so beautifully said, and now I use it as my own mantra and go back and read it to feel newly inspired when I feel tired of not just being "normal". Plus, it's a great general philosophy and can be applied to all areas of life.

"Being vegan is about living my life with integrity and compassion, knowing that every decision I make is done so with the i
Andrea Jones
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book that aside the recipes, has got some important content about natural life style, eating healthier and living a happier life. Would certainly recommend to everyone, and not necessarily to vegans!
This book has been sitting on my bedside table for a couple of months now since I got it at the Borders close-out sale. In addition to going through and reading the daily pages, (each day is based on a different aspect from food, to health, to communication, recipes, etc.), I have skipped ahead and read through most of it--especially the recipes. (The Carrot-Ginger-Tahini Soup was great).

Although I am not a full-fledged vegan, I lean towards a plant-strong diet and lifestyle and this is a good
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
It just arrived in the post today. I'm looking forward to making a nice cup of tea, getting comfy and reading it, I doubt I'd be able to keep to reading one page per day.. I'll probably end up reading a rather large chunk of the book this evening, though she did write that the reader should read it however it likes, which is what I'm going to do! It seems very sweet the way it's set up and a light-hearted approach to learning about being vegan and lots of other things. I think this is perfect fo ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was wanting something a little more similar to the 30 Day Vegan Challenge - with longer daily readings, but this one was pretty good too. I ended reading it more like once a week since the readings were so short.

It included some tasty recipes, and some lovely rescue stories. Some of the animals in the media entries were very upsetting though, which is both a good thing and a bad thing I think. Some were so sad I would put the book down for weeks at a time.

Marie Østvold
I did enjoy this book. I thought it was great to read on a day-to-day basis, to encourage my own vegan lifestyle. Also, it a very pretty book- it's nice to look at. I don't really pay any attention to this, but it makes this book just a little better. However, I'm not really using it as it is (probably) meant to be used. I read it from cover- to cover once, and picked it up again a little later. And then forgot all about it. Why this is, I'm not sure. It could be, because reading one passage a d ...more
Kate Lawrence
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Colleen has expertly compiled page after page of helpful and uplifting information for those on the vegan path. She includes stories and photos of rescued animals, how to handle awkward moments when omnivorous friends question the vegan lifestyle, recipes and food lore, and much more. This lovely guide would be the perfect gift for someone new to veganism, although Colleen's encouraging words would surely be welcomed by everyone trying to live a more compassionate life.
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“My hope is that we can navigate through this world and our lives with the grace and integrity of those who need our protection. May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats; may we have the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens and the sassiness of the roosters. May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, and the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companion as carefully as do the rabbits. May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family as the geese, and adaptability and affability of the ducks. May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.

My hope is that we learn from the animals what it is we need to become better people.”
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