Monday, November 15, 2010

Color Me Vegan

Happy Meatless Monday!  It is fabulous in San Diego today --sunny and in the 70s - surprise, surprise. :)  I have something even more fabulous to share with you today than the weather.

Colleen Patrick-Groudreau's brand new cookbook, Color Me Vegan has arrived!  I have been waiting for months.  If you don't know by now who Colleen is, then you must be new to my blog (because I love her!)  Check out her podcast Vegetarian Food for Thought or any of her many vegan cookbooks and your life will change, I promise.  She is the founder of Compassionate Cooks and she strives to empower people to make informed food choices while debunking myths about vegetarianism and animal rights.  Colleen is funny, witty and very well versed when it comes to anything vegan.  

Me in my Vegan Kitchen :)

Angela and I made lentil soup from Color Me Vegan just last night and it was to-die-for.  I know it wasn't the most colorful choice but it went with our Sunday theme.  We make some type of soup or stew every Sunday but this recipe takes the cake.  I think what made it so delicious was that it had the perfect consistency and texture.  It was creamy without having any cream - how fabulous is that?

The greatest thing about this cookbook is that it is incredibly informative.  If you strive to eat a more balanced diet and maximize your nutrient intake this is the perfect place to begin.  Color me Vegan is separated by color, hence the name.  Colleen breaks down each color and explains which nutrients are found in foods of that color.  She goes into great detail providing a clear understanding of why these things are important. 

This cookbook gives "taste the rainbow" a whole new meaning; one that encapsulates whole, plant-based foods.  Don't be fooled by the title, Color Me VEGAN.  This cookbook is for ANYONE that strives to improve their diet and increase their intake of whole, plant based foods.  You know, that good stuff from the earth, not a box. 
"With Color Me Vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau takes veganism to a whole new level. This is exactly what people need to eat more compassionately, experience superior health, and enjoy out-of-this-world flavors. Get ready to taste the real rainbow!"

—Rory Freedman, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

The recipes are creative and simple.  They don't require crazy ingredients that you'll never be able to find at your local store.   There is an abundance of helpful tips throughout the book to make life easier, like how to buy a fresh onion.  Little things you may have never known.  

In my opinion, Color Me Vegan is a must have for any vegan and non-vegan alike.  I am already planning on buying several copies as holiday gifts (shhhh), that's how great it is. 


  1. I am so excited for this cookbook! I'll be honest, we rarely use cookbooks because so much is available online or I can figure things out by taste, but nothing beats a real book with pages to flip through for inspiration!

  2. Agreed. I get most recipes online but this is the exception. It is a must-have, full of information! I am not getting paid to say that either. :)

  3. Thanks, Kate! I just passed this on to a recent vegetarian-turned-vegan friend. And I may have to check it out myself! I'm not vegan, but I'm always looking for good vegetarian recipes!

  4. Thanks for the write-up! I'm not vegan but I'm working on minimizing dairy in my diet so vegan recipes are always a great start. I agree with queerveganrunner that I tend not to use the cookbooks I have, but I love getting inspiration from them. =)

  5. I'll have to check that one out. Most of the vegan cookbooks I've thumbed through include all sorts of weird ingredients that I would never be able to find here in the Midwest.

  6. Thanks for the review. I can't wait to get a copy of this cookbook!

    P.S. Where did you get your "Go Veg" tank?

  7. Okay, wait a minute. Hold the phone. I just came back to this post to get the author's name, and something about that picture of you in your kitchen jumped out at me that I can't believe I didn't notice the first time.

    Is this an old picture, or did you dye your hair blonde again???


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