On Being Vegan

Although the word “vegan” has gained traction in the public consciousness in recent years, misunderstandings and misconceptions still prevail about what “vegan” means. On Being Vegan sets out to dispel these myths and demystify what it means to simply live according to the values of compassion, kindness, and wellness we already possess.

Born out of Patrick-Goudreau’s life-changing talks and podcast episodes, these thoughtfully crafted essays reflect her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense and get to the heart of what it means to be vegan.

  • Chapter 1 is the author’s own personal story from compassionate child to desensitized adult.
  • Chapter 2, “Defining Vegan,” comprises the origins of the word “vegan,” its definition, and its meaning.
  • Chapter 3 offers a brief history of 2,500 years of ethical veganism.
  • Chapter 4, “Why Vegan?” provides an overview of some of the most compelling reasons people leave animal products off their plates.
  • Chapter 5 offers a response to some of the romanticized excuses we make for eating and using animals.
  • Chapter 6 offers insight into the ethical considerations around eating chickens’ eggs.
  • In Chapter 7 answers questions about “humane” milk.

You may purchase On Being Vegan at any of these stores: Barnes&Noble, BAM!Powell’s City of Books, or


What the experts are saying about On Being Vegan

James McWilliams

Vegan advocate, blogger, and author of A Revolution in Eating and Just Food

"Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a visionary. She translates vegan ideals into accessible prose and practice more effectively than anyone I know. Relentlessly positive, her message intuitively appeals to vegans, almost-vegans, and no-way-I'd-ever-be vegans alike, which is to say: all of us."

Mark Hawthorne

Author of Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism and Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering

"With On Being Vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau demonstrates once again why she is a leading voice in the worldwide movement toward a more compassionate way of living. Drawing on her years of experience as an animal activist, vegan cookbook author, podcast producer, cooking instructor, public speaker, and confidante, Colleen explores what it means to live a fully awakened life--a life steeped in an abundance of choices, flavors, and new experiences. Whether you're a longtime vegan or thinking of taking the leap, you'll find On Being Vegan to be a healthy helping of common sense advice and myth-busting.”

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