Book Review | The Joyful Vegan

The Joyful Vegan
The Joyful Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

I first discovered Colleen through her podcast. Her podcast is very popular and it came up when searching for vegan. Through the podcast, I learned that she has also written some cookbooks. In the book, she tells us that she is giving the animals a voice through her work on the podcast, cookbooks and she also does virtual vegan cooking lessons through her website for a charge.

In the book, The Joyful Vegan Colleen walks us through the stages of becoming vegan and helps us understand that it is really all about compassion. Compassion to all beings, not just the animals. As anyone who is vegan knows we get a lot of questions and most people think veganism is extreme. Colleen reminds us all that we were once meat-eating folks ourselves and we all awaken in our own time. Be patient with those asking questions and making comments about our new lifestyle as we were once like them.

If you are so moved she also lays out what you can do to help be a voice for the animals by being an advocate. The book is well laid out and Colleen writes well. I wish I would have read this book sooner as it helps remind us that compassion is really about humanitarianism not just for the animals but for all people. By being good to the animals we will be good for the people as well.

Book Review | How to be Vegan

How to Be Vegan: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Cruelty-Free Eating, Living, Dating, Travel, Decorating, and More by Elizabeth Castoria

I like this book a lot so I have a lot of notes to take here. For you and for me later.

Five “start-here” books:

Eating Animals, by Jonathan Sarfran Foer – I’ve read this, and I really enjoyed it. I was already vegetarian when I read it and it has just pushed me to go further. Wonderful book. I agree with it being on this list and being the first one on this list!

The Face on Your Plate by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson – I have not read this but it is on my list now!

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll – No, not Rick Roll. The whole title helps here: …Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. Yep, adding to shortlist.

The Lean by Kathy Freston – Rest of the title… A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss. I’m not into diet books. I don’t need them anymore and I may be missing something, but I think I’m good here.

The average man in the United States has a 50 percent chance of having a heart attack. The average for vegan men? Four percent.

Books by Nutritionist:

Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina – 611 pages and only 8 ratings on Goodreads. Hmmm. We will see about this one.

Q: Where do you get your protein? A: From plants. Protein deficiency is essentially unheard of among people who are consuming enough food to meet their daily calorie needs.

Q: What about omegas and iron? A: You guessed it: you can easily get these from plants as well. Spinach is a powerhouse iron provider; omegas are easily found in flax and other seeds.

Q: What about calcium? A: Again, plants….dairy actually drains calcium from your bones as it is digested. Leafy greens are packed with calcium as are sesame seeds and tofu.

What about clothes? Some links to online places to get vegan stuff:

Vegan Shampoos:

  • ABBA
  • Adama
  • Alba Botanica
  • Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Giovanni
  • John Frieda
  • Kiss My Face
  • L’Oreal EverPure
  • Nature’s Gate
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Peter Lamas


  • Desert Essence
  • Jason
  • Nature’s Gate
  • Tom’s of Maine

Cleaning Product Brands:

  • Bon Ami
  • Ecover
  • Method
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
  • Seventh Generation

More Books:

  • Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals by Rory Freedman
  • Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat by Howard F. Lyman, Glen Merzer
  • Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Brazier
  • Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris, Ginny Messina


Other Resources:

Book Review |The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System

The End of Animal Farming
The End of Animal Farming

I’m reading more and more vegan or animal-free books. When walking through my local library this bright red book cover caught my attention. I wondered if they would discuss Impossible Foods, a food brand that has created meat, that taste very near the real thing. So much like the real thing many people can’t tell the difference. Not only does Jacy dive into this he does a very deep dive in, The End of Animal Farming. There is a lot of work put into this book and polished. Jacy has included many ways that we as individuals can help beyond just changing our diet.

“…technology therorist Tom Chatfield listed “eating mean and factory farming” first in his predictions of what our descendants in centuries to come will deplore about today’s society.”

For those that believe in saving animals, whether you are vegan, vegetarian or not, it doesn’t matter. You can make a difference.

“…the average American consumes far more that the Recommednded Daily Allowance of protien, around 145 percent the RDA for women and 176 percent for men.”

“…vegetarian diet can spare 371 to 582 animals each year.”

“I’d guess it’ll take another ten to twenty years–around 2038 to 2068–for animal-free foods to make up the majority of meat, dairy, and eggs in high0income countries”

As you might be able to tell this is an important topic to me. I hope you take the time to watch the video above and if you want to learn more please give Jacy’s book a try. You will learn a lot. This book earned 4 stars from me.

Book Review | Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a very powerful book.  It may change the way you eat forever.  In the book, Jonathan tells the story of how he became vegetarian.  I think he did a lot more research than the average person.  This was the first book that I have read of his.  It was his first time writing non-fiction.  Since this book, he has gone on to write more non-fiction.

I picked up this book because it is at the top of the list for books about veganism and vegetarianism on goodreads.  Jonathan has filled the book full of numbers to drive home his points:

“Americans choose to eat less than .25%of the known edible food on the planet”

“Ninety-nine percent of all land animals eaten or used to produce milk and eggs in the United States are factory farmed.”

“… omnivores contribute seven times the volume of greenhouse gages that vegans do.”

There are more, many more.  Before you balk at these statements let me tell you that Jonathan had the book fact-checked by two independent professional fact-checkers.

When you read this you can’t dismiss it.  This is how our nation is creating food for us at low prices.  We are suffering for it.  I really don’t think that people know this is happening.  If they do they are ignoring it.  This is not good for us, the animals, our nation or our planet and we simply don’t have to do it.  If you have doubts read the book.

The documentary of this book came out on 9/2/17.  I can’t find it online.  I believe its release may have been limited to Sundance.  I’ll keep an eye out for it.  The bonus is that Natalie Portman narrates it.  She actually reached out to Jonathan to help him produce the documentary.

As if it needs to be said, I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.