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Cover for the book, The Joyful Vegan, featuring the author kissing a cow in a field.

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

Author: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau · Subject: Lifestyle


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. 

Many people choose veganism as a logical response to their concerns about animals, the environment, or their health. But despite their positive intentions and the personal benefits they experience, they’re often met with resistance from friends, family members, and society at large. These external factors can make veganism socially difficult—and emotionally exhausting—to sustain.   

This leads to an unfortunate reality: many vegans revert to consuming meat, dairy, or eggs—breaching their values and sabotaging their own goals in the process. 

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. 

Instead, people stay vegan or not depending on how well they navigate the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan: continually 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. 

The Joyful Vegan offers tips for managing these challenges and arms readers—both vegan and plant-based—with solutions and strategies for “coming out vegan” to family, friends, and colleagues; cultivating healthy relationships (with vegans and non-vegans); communicating effectively; finding like-minded community; 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.

About the Author

Colleen is an award-winning author of six books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, and Color Me Vegan.

She is an acclaimed speaker and a multimedia host, beloved for her entertaining and unparalleled cooking shows and her inspiring podcast, Food for Thought, which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.

Colleen is a regular contributor to National Public Radio and has appeared on The Food Network and PBS.


The Joyful Vegan is a breath of fresh air in a world that, far too often, thumbs its nose at people who prioritize compassion. Every vegan, semi-vegan, or plant-based individual needs a copy of this thoughtful, thorough, game-changing book!” — Evanna Lynch, vegan activist and actress in the Harry Potter film series

The Joyful Vegan resonates deeply with me. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau identifies exactly what we need more of in our interactions with one another: greater empathy, understanding, and respect for our common humanity.” — Cory Booker, US senator 

“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has a unique ability to communicate with conviction and moral clarity while also acknowledging the gray areas of ethical living. With The Joyful Vegan, she gives voice to the universal challenges vegans face while empowering us with exactly what we need to overcome them. This book is a game-changer for new and veteran vegans alike.” — Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary and author of Farm Sanctuary

“The unique contribution of The Joyful Vegan is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s 10 Stages that many vegans experience when they stop eating animals. The insights she provides around this concept are deeply empowering and validating for vegans who struggle living in a dominant, animal-eating culture.” — Melanie Joy, PhD, author of Beyond Beliefs and Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows


Cover for the book, The Joyful Vegan, featuring the author kissing a cow in a field.

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