I've got a lot to say, and I do so in various mediums, including my books, National Public Radio (for whom I'm a contributor), articles, and essays. Read my writings here.

Recent Writings



For millennia, humans have engaged in rituals with the intention of achieving a wide variety of desired outcomes: reducing anxiety, alleviating grief, deepening faith, or even making it rain. Though rites and rituals can be used for positive or innocuous effects, they can also disguise discomfort and make unjustifiable actions seem legitimate. They can be meaningless, arbitrary, and archaic. They can also mask cruelty to animals by being shrouded in religious sanctity. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

You can listen via by subscribing to the RSS feed or listening through iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud.

Comment below! I want...


"It's not the cages we need to make bigger and the slaughterhouse walls we need to make transparent. It’s our hearts. When we make compassion our barometer, we don't settle for violence on a small scale. We aspire to kindness on a huge scale." ~Colleen Patrick-Goudreau,


"If we don't have time to be sick, then we have to make time to be healthy." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.


"There is no rule book for being vegan. You just let compassion guide you." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthfully and Living Compassionately. Read more short "Challenge Your Thinking" and "Change Your Behavior" quotes from the book.


There is no such thing as a certified vegan. If you're looking for perfection and purity in yourself and others, then you'll be gravely disappointed. Being vegan is a means to an end — not an end in itself. ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge


"It’s not the fault of being vegan that it’s challenging to find nutrient-dense food on the road or when we travel to less vegan-friendly areas. The fact that we can’t find vegetables in certain towns is a larger problem that has nothing to do with being vegan." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

The amazing and beautiful Girlie Girl Army compiled 10 of her favorite "Colleenisms" from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, throughout which are "Challenge Your Thinking" and "Change Your Behavior boxes. Read Girlie Girl Army's favorites.


To get The 30-Day Vegan Challenge® back out into the world, I had to wear the hats of publisher, art director, editor-in-chief, recipe tester, recipe developer, photography director, and fulfillment coordinator. I’m also head of marketing, publicity, social media, and events. It’s pretty intense, but I’m determined to get this book into as many hands as possible, and I would be so grateful for your help making this happen. I elaborate on this in the How to Make a Vegan podcast episode, but here it is for you in black and white: 10 ways you can help to mainstream this book:

  1. Write a review on Amazon. This matters. A lot. Don’t underestimate the 10 minutes it will take for you to put up a review. Reviews with many and high reviews come up first in search results; plus, research indicates that reviews influence customers' decisions to buy...


In March 2008, I received a letter and a contribution to my podcast from one Michael Scribner. (Read my Memorial to him.) I was very grateful for his support and called him right away to thank him. I adored him immediately when we spoke, and he shared with me that he was tickled to hear from me, who he referred to as “the podcast lady.” He said he never thought he would hear from me directly, and little did we both know then how much a part of each other’s lives we would become.

Below is an excerpt of Michael’s first letter to me, which reflects how much his transformation to veganism meant to him.

"I’ve only been listening to your podcasts for a few weeks, but I’ve been meaning to write to you since I listened to the first. I had gone to the podcast section of my mp3 player’s website, and typed in “food.” Your podcast was among three or four that came up. “Food For Thought” definitely caught my attention. After listening to...


(Also Read about my Dedication to Michael in The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.)

In July 2010, in typical Michael fashion, bicycling became a very passionate but very short-lived hobby for him. Passionate because Michael didn’t do anything halfway; short-lived because his cycling career ended as quickly as it began. On July 26th, Michael took a bike ride to Ocean Beach on a lovely summer day in San Francisco and marked his triumph with a photo of him standing proudly with his bike in front of the beach.

After returning home, he decided that just one bike ride that day wasn’t enough, so off he rode down Market Street to the Ferry Building. However, no one had told him about the Muni tracks in the street, which caught his tire and caused him to fall from his bike, ultimately resulting in a broken clavicle bone. Surgery immediately followed, and the healing process began.

As time went by, it became evident that the clavicle hadn’t healed properly. The process of discovering this and waiting for...



The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is the ULTIMATE guide for transitioning to a healthy, compassionate lifestyle, and it's the ULTIMATE resource for vegans. Packed with tools, tips, recipes, and menu ideas, it answers every question related to eating, cooking, nutrition, and the social aspects of living vegan, including eating out, holidays, living with non-vegans, etc. We already know the material inspires vegans. Now, we need to get this book in as many hands as possible -- for the animals, both human and non-human. Here's how!

You can listen via by subscribing to the RSS feed or listening through iTunes, Stitcher, or...


The 30-Day Vegan Challenge


Support Colleen's Work


Join Colleen's Mailing List

* indicates required

Partners in Compassion

  • vegancuts.jpg
  • Field_Roast_Burger_ad.jpg
  • aavs-ad_compassionate-cook.jpg

Food for Thought Podcast


Social Media

© 2014 Compassionate Cooks, LLC

Join Colleen's Mailing List