The Joyful Vegan

The new book from award-winning author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau!

Also available as Kindle eBook and Audible Audiobook


The Joyful Vegan Worldwide Online Conference

Based on principles in The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You To Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs



The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

Finding plant-based recipes? Easy. Dealing with the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan in a non-vegan world? That’s the hard part.

The Joyful Vegan is here to help.

Millions of people are choosing veganism (and plant-based eating) as a logical and sensible response to their concerns about animals, the environment, and/or their health. And yet, despite their positive intentions and the personal benefits they experience, many revert back to consuming meat, dairy, and eggs.

Those who remain vegan often struggle to find hope and joy in a world where the mass production of animal products has devastating effects on animals, our wild spaces, and our health.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is trying to change this. Having guided countless individuals through the process of becoming vegan, now, in her seventh book, The Joyful Vegan, she shares her insights into why some people stay vegan and others stop

SPOILER: It’s not because there’s nothing to eat. It’s not because there isn’t enough protein in plants. And it’s not because people lack willpower or moral fortitude. 

Rather, people stay vegan or not depending on how well they navigate the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan: constantly being asked to defend your eating choices, living with the awareness of animal suffering, feeling the pressure (often self-inflicted) to be perfect, and experiencing guilt, remorse, and anger.  

In these pages, Colleen shares her wisdom for managing these challenges and arms readers with solutions and strategies for “coming out vegan” to family, friends, and colleagues; communicating effectively; sharing enthusiasm without proselytizing; and experiencing peace of mind as a vegan in a non-vegan world.  

By implementing the tools provided in this book, readers will find they can live ethically, eat healthfully, engage socially—and remain a joyful vegan.

Watch YouTube Star Hannah McNeely talk with Colleen about The Joyful Vegan




Joyful Vegan Worldwide Online Conference

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Do you want to live ethically, eat healthfully, engage socially, and remain a joyful vegan? Then this global online conference is for you!

Wherever you live, whatever time zone you’re in, and wherever you are on your journey, this event will help you live ethically, eat healthfully, engage socially, remain a joyful vegan—and help others do the same!


Book Launch Party: The Joyful Vegan

You are invited to join Colleen for her Book Launch Party on Saturday, November 23 from 2-5 PM in Oakland, California.

The event will be an intimate gathering with Colleen and will feature:

* food prepared by the amazing team at The Planted Table

* wine and non-alcoholic libations

* camaraderie

* book-signing

Space is limited, so please get your tickets today!



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 compassionately and healthfully, Colleen is a speaker, cultural commentator, podcaster, and award-winning author of seven books. She shares her message of compassion and wellness on national and regional broadcast programs and as a monthly contributor to National Public Radio. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband David and two cats Charlie and Michiko.


Live ethically. Eat healthfully. Engage socially.

According to a Study of Current and Former Vegetarians and Vegans by Faunalytics, 84% of vegetarians/vegans abandon their diet. Bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau wants to help prevent vegans from becoming ex-vegans.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, expert on vegan living, and host of the Food for Thought podcast, provides solutions to overcome the most challenging aspects of becoming and staying vegan, and offers insight into how readers can make conscious, healthful choices in their everyday lives.

As creatures of conscience humans want to do the right thing, but that often butts up against the equally strong desire to fit in socially. The Joyful Vegan gives readers the tools and resources they need to do both—to manifest their values of compassion and wellness and not feel like a freak for doing so.