Compassionate Cook Crowned Vegan Martha Stewart

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, founder and director of Oakland-based Compassionate Cooks, wins the 2005 Vegan Martha Stewart Award.

VegNews, America’s premier vegetarian lifestyle magazine, announces Colleen Patrick-Goudreau from Oakland-based Compassionate Cooks as the 2005 Veggie Award Winner for the Vegan Martha Stewart Award. With their team of editors and readers searching for this year’s top veg products, people and places in over 70 categories, this annual survey is the largest of its kind in the world. The awards showcase the best of vegetarian in categories ranging from soymilk, veggie burger and restaurant to celebrity, website and even most veg-friendly city.

“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a leader in her field and has served the community well through her magical culinary prowess. We are pleased to honor her accomplishments with a Veggie Award,” said Publisher Joseph Connelly.

Patrick-Goudreau’s Compassionate Cooks DVD has earned kudos nationwide, and her vegan cooking classes – taught all over the bay area – continue to gain popularity. Her backyard vegan barbecue was filmed by the Food Network and aired through 2005, and in 2006, she will launch the “30-Day Vegetarian Challenge, ™ an interactive web-based program designed to help people drop their meat-eating habits using helpful tools and resources.

The VegNews Veggie Awards ( recognize excellence in the vegetarian industry. VegNews’ editors test hundreds of vegetarian products throughout the year and compile their top choices in this annual edition of the magazine. Also included are picks by over 10,000 readers, who submit ballots in July and August. The annual celebration of the best that veg living has to offer has become the most popular feature in the publication. The issue is currently available on newsstands everywhere and through the magazine’s website,

Compassionate Cooks ( is dedicated to empowering people to make informed food choices and to debunking myths about vegetarianism through cooking classes, nutrition workshops, supermarket tours, workshops and lectures, farmed-animal sanctuary tours, cooking DVDs, and the new 30-Day Vegetarian Challenge.™ Compassionate Cooks gives people the tools and resources they need to prevent disease, optimize their health, and create new habits that benefit the earth and all its inhabitants.

VegNews, America's premier vegetarian lifestyle magazine, has a readership of over 150,000 and is read around the world. Each issue is filled with the latest in vegetarian news, global events, tantalizing recipes, nutrition updates, hot new veg products, must-read books, celebrity buzz and even vegetarian weddings.


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