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April 30 , 2008

On Being Vegan: Reflections on a Compassionate Life


Although the word “vegan” has gained traction in the public consciousness in recent years, misunderstandings and misconceptions still prevail about what “vegan” means. “On Being Vegan" sets out to dispel these myths and demystify what it means to simply live according to the values of compassion, kindness, and wellness we already possess.

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Born out of Patrick-Goudreau’s life-changing talks and podcast episodes, these thoughtfully crafted essays reflect her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense and get to the heart of what it means to be vegan.

*Chapter 1 is the author’s own personal story from compassionate child to desensitized adult.

*Chapter 2, “Defining Vegan,” comprises the origins of the word “vegan,” its definition, and its meaning.

*Chapter 3 offers a brief history of 2,500 years of ethical veganism.

*Chapter 4, “Why Vegan?” provides an overview of some of the most compelling reasons people leave animal products off their plates.

*Chapter 5 offers a response to some of the romanticized excuses we make for eating and using animals.

*Chapter 6 offers insight into the ethical considerations around eating chickens’ eggs.

*In Chapter 7 answers questions about “humane” milk.

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