About Colleen

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals.

A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan’s Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, & The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker & beloved host of the inspiring podcast, “Food for Thought,” which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.

Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs, including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, Rodale News, and in countless publications, blogs, and podcasts.

Her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com, and she is a featured guest on Delicious TV’s Vegan Mashup, a program that recently aired on public television in 41 states. Colleen is a regular contributor to Perspectives on KQED, NPR’s San Francisco affiliate, which reaches 830,000 listeners weekly.

The story of Colleen's conversion to a vegan lifestyle is not entirely uncommon, and through her soulful connection with animals (both human and non-human), she transformed herself from an animal consumer into an animal advocate. What is incredibly unique about her journey is how she became emboldened to save animals and create an accessible lifestyle movement through her path of compassionate living.

As a leader for change, what makes Colleen’s life’s work so impactful is her boldness, eloquence, and good-natured humor. Whether it’s on stage or on the page, Colleen’s tone is fiery, eloquent, erudite, and refreshingly funny.

The compassionate community is growing day by day and Colleen’s reach continues to expand with future books, pending TV show productions, and future host and commentator opportunities. Reflecting on it all she says: “I want to be remembered as someone who inspired people to be the best they could be: the healthiest, most joyful, most articulate ambassadors of compassion possible in order to prevent animals from being used, violated, and killed. I want to be remembered as someone who shifted the paradigm.”

Colleen lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two cats, Charlie and Michiko.

Professional Bio + Media Kit

A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast, “Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers. Colleen shares her message of compassion and wellness on national and regional TV programs, including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com. Colleen is a regular contributor to National Public Radio.

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Photo Credits
  • Food-only photos by Marie Laforêt - marielaforet.com

  • Photos of Colleen (cover of new edition, in kitchen, in garden, at counter) by Maria Villano - mariavillano.com

  • Photos of Colleen leaning on table outside + with Schuster the cat by Sara Remington - sararemington.net

  • Photos of Colleen with Linus the steer by Connie Pugh

  • Photo of Colleen with Sierra the donkey by Tim Anderson

Social Media Reach
  • Facebook: 70,000+

  • Twitter: 20,500+

  • Instagram: 22,000

  • Food for Thought Podcast: 85,000 downloads/month

  • Website: 50,000+ pageviews/month

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