I haven’t got to the stage in my life where I can give up meat, let alone become vegan, so this review is provided in good faith from a friend of mine who is 300% vegan.
Despite the friendly banter we have about my meat eating habits, and his plant friendly diet, I understand the health benefits associated with vegan diets. I’ve asked him to behave himself, and remain as unbiased as possible on the subject 🙂
So without further ado, I introduce to you all: Paul.
Although I’ve been a fussy eater for all of my life, it wasn’t until I watched a ‘docu-film’ called “Food, Inc” that I really started to take notice of my eating habits. I was no longer happy with what I was putting into my mouth and feeding my kids.
With the advent of the internet, the information I needed for alternatives was readily available. I got the facts I needed, and presented my case to my wife and young kids.
Needless to say, the response was underwhelming to say the least.
Using my wit and cunning ability to get my way (ahem), I gradually began subtly introducing vegetarian meals to the household (yes I’m the chef of the house!). Baby steps first, I said to myself. I figured if I encountered too much resistance at this stage, I would cool off, and eat only organic meat (although I have serious doubts about how organic it really is, but that is a different story for a different time – otherwise I’ll be in trouble with Jess!).
Needless to say, I have cut down meat consumption in my house by approximately 50%, but I am the only one in my family who is pursuing a 100% vegan diet. They will join me occasionally, but otherwise they eat vegetarian or organic meat based meals.
Without a doubt, the biggest inspiration for my journey to complete veganism, was ‘Vegan’s Daily Companion’. It provides a beautifully presented, well organised series of informational tidbits in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreaue, the author has done really well, and presents the information in a humourous, but passionate way.
While I’m here (as I doubt another Vegan book will be on this particular list), another great cookbook for vegans that I won and would strongly recommend is ‘Veganomigon’.
So that’s it! If you are curious about becoming Vegan, and want to take the first step, I would personally choose ‘Vegan’s Daily Companion’, without a doubt!
“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 and a guide for creating a compassionate world. And some darn good recipes, too!”—Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
“As a vegan advocate for nearly two decades, I was pleasantly surprised to learn a wealth of brand new and fascinating information in this completely unique book that combines practical tips and insightful wisdom for eating healthfully and living joyfully. Full of stunning photos and interesting facts about animals in history and literature, this is a fantastic resource for vegans as well as for curious, compassionate non-vegans.”—Melanie Joy, Ph.D., author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
Live a joyful, compassionate life, every day of the year with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s guide, Vegan’s Daily Companion!
Mondays: For the Love of Food – A celebration of familiar and not-so-familiar foods to spark enthusiasm for eating healthfully.
Tuesdays: Effective Communication – Techniques and tactics for speaking on behalf of veganism effectively and compassionately.
Wednesdays: Optimum Health for Body, Mind, and Spirit – Care and maintenance for becoming and remaining a joyful vegan.
Thursdays: Animals in the Arts: Literature, Film, Painting – Inspiration across the ages that reflects our consciousness of and relationship to non-human animals.
Fridays: Stories of Hope, Rescue, and Transformation – Heartening stories of people who have become awakened and animals have found sanctuary.
Saturdays + Sundays: Healthful Recipes – Favorite recipes to use as activism and nourishment.