cover image The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Montali, $29.95 (330p) ISBN 978-0-9906272-0-3

Patrick-Goudreau (On Being Vegan) presents a compassionate and reasoned approach to vegan living and eating in this volume. Her stated goal is to help readers navigate the first 30 days of a vegan diet, providing support and guidance and answering questions along the way. Patrick-Goudreau covers the basics of what to eat, includes an assortment of healthful vegan recipes, and also addresses the ethical and health issues underlying the vegan choice. She defines veganism (i.e., no animal flesh or products), and explains the benefits of a plant-based diet in fighting heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other problems. She also argues that compassion toward animals is reason in itself to follow the vegan path. Readers on the fence or just starting the vegan journey will appreciate the intelligent discussion of issues they will face (eating out, baking without eggs, finding protein sources, living cheese-less, etc.), and seasoned veganistas will enjoy the recipes and interesting factoids (how to make coconut bacon; Skittles no longer contain gelatin). Patrick-Goudreau helps vegan newbies navigate the choppy waters of social situations, celebrating holidays and “finding harmony in mixed households” as well. While clearly a devout vegan—even honey is nixed—Patrick-Goudreau stresses that intention is more important than perfection. With an earnest but level tone, she provides all the tools one needs for making the switch to vegan cuisine, values, and lifestyle. (BookLife)