Monday, August 19, 2013

30-Day Vegan Challenge

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge / Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
New York: Ballantine, c2011.
323 p.

Another review for Meatless Monday! This is a book I've owned for a while now, but I never did mention it here. It's a pretty good choice for the beginner -- the Challenge is easy enough for someone not overly familiar with vegan eating -- the food choices are not "scary" and strange, and they are all fairly easy to prepare.

Even for myself, already vegetarian, with vegan leanings, this was an interesting book. It provides a full resource on vegan pantry essentials, introductions to some basic vegan foods, and of course, many quick recipes with reassuring photos of food that looks tasty! She includes a lot of information on living a vegan life and responding to some of the issues that come up as a person is making that transition, whether social or personal.

However, as I explored online to find out more, I discovered that this book is no longer available -- well, in this format anyhow. It's been updated and turned into an online program on Patrick-Goudreau's blog. The price for the program appears to be about the same as the book so I guess that works, too. (although I did see hard copies for sale in various online bookstores)

Either way, it's a good find for the individual who is interested either from their own inclination or because their doctor has suggested they explore veganism. It's more of a guidebook than a cookbook, really, as there are a few recipes included to illustrate each chapter of extensive information on varied aspects of veganism -- dairy alternatives, baking, the protein issue, and so on. Of course, there are fabulous recipes included, like chocolate mousse or tempeh paté, but this book is not only about recipes.

Highly recommended for a beginner or even as a refresher for those who eat mostly vegan but like a reminder of the issues and possibilities once in a while!


  1. I often prefer guidebook cookbooks. I can be vegan, but only in short bursts. One of our favorite local restaurants was called Happy Vegan. Unfortunately, it closed down.

    1. That is sad! I always thought it would be great to have more vegan options when eating out, but I guess it's a limited market -- though I don't know why, as everyone can eat vegan! :)

  2. I agree, a book like this can work just as well for a refresher; I've been browsing through a lot more vegan and veggie cookbooks in the past few weeks, than I have for more than a couple of years now, and it's inspiring. And, of course, in southwestern Ontario, it's the perfect time of year to get re-inspired, when so so much is gRowing on, these days. (Sorry. I love puns. Can't help it. But I think you know that.)

    1. Yes, looking through these can inspire me to get down to the market and try some different recipes. I get into the habit of eating the same meals, a shame when there is so much bounty out there right now!


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