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Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  562 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A fun and irreverent take on vegan comfort food that's saucy, sweet, sassy, and most definitely deep-fried, from YouTube sensation Lauren Toyota of Hot for Food.

In this bold collection of more than 100 recipes, the world of comfort food and vegan cooking collide as Lauren Toyota shares her favorite recipes and creative ways to make Philly cheesesteak, fried chicken, and mac '
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Penguin Books Canada
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Ah, what's not to love about a cookbook. Especially one that has gorgeous mouthwatering food porn photos! I am a cookbook junkie, nothing new there. I get so many cookbooks out of my library it's insane. A bit off topic, but my library had a recent crime spree of a few months where cookbooks were being ripped off. So sad. But it was in the papers....a friend called to ask me if I had anything to do with it. Ha! I do have a problem.

When I saw this one pop-up I had to grab i
Melissa Carter
If you have tons of time, willing to buy specific ingredients, interested in “cool lingo”, and are missing some non vegan foods...this book is for you. It’s a great book for those just starting out on a plant based/vegan diet. For the everyday vegan who ain’t got time to make these comfort classics it is still nice to have around for the odd craving. 💚
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Got this book for Christmas last year. The cauliflower burger is highly recommended ^_^

I want to try her other recipes but a lot of her ingredients are either hard to find or not so practical. Hopefully will make some more in the future!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Lauren Toyota is a hero. I've tried many recipes from her blog and almost all of them are winners. I always feel comfortable serving her food to guests, even when I haven't made it before. So naturally I pre-ordered this as soon as I could.

I was first afraid that some of the recipes were of the 'been there done that' variety and some definitely are, but then they're just better than the ones I've tried before. I've seen vegan alfredo before, but the one in this book is one of my fav's as well a
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To some people, vegan = healthy..... but that is SO NOT THE CASE, I mean it can be, but those terms aren't necessarily synonymous . Although plant based eating can be very healthy, Lauren explains that this cookbook isn't one of those cookbooks. It's veganized comfort food, and I can't wait to make so many of these recipes!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
52 Book Challenge Week 40: Vegan Comfort Classics

So cookbooks aren't really traditional fare for me or challenges like this but I'm gonna go with it. I've been a huge Hot For Food fan for years, even before I was vegan. The videos are entertaining, the food is creative and delicious, she's Canadian, and everything is great. The recipes are mostly comfort foods and vegan versions of various fast food or convenience foods.

I decided 5 recipes was a good amount to try making before mark
While most all of these recipes sounded delish, many of them turned me off bit due to the sheer number of ingredients and the steps/time they appeared to involve. Many recipe directions were more than one page and I just don't have time for that most days. What I did enjoy - actually super enjoyed - were the vast number of sauces and dressings. They were all super easy, with few ingredients and are very versatile in their uses. I am grateful to have received an advanced copy of this book in exch ...more
Amanda Vollmershausen
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have quite a collection of well-loved vegan cookbooks, and this one is remarkably unique—I’m so proud it comes from a Canadian! It has original takes on vegan dishes I’ve made many times, as well as recipes for things I’d never have thought to have made vegan. Everything I’ve made has been amazing, with the exception of the orange tofu and fried rice—for some reason the fried tofu didn’t work out and kind of fell apart. However, I’m willing to accept that that was likely user error because all ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks-veggie
So amazing I have to buy a copy for myself. This is true comfort food--no smoothies or juices or gross raw stuff in sight--and I am sooooooooooo happy. This book is exactly what vegans need. Sometimes I don't wanna be healthy!! Sometimes I just need some goddam monte cristos!!!!!!
Tonstant Weader
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
For many people, the idea of vegan and comfort food are seldom in the same sentence, let alone a book title. In fact, many people think of vegan as the opposite of comfort food, so Lauren Toyota’s Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics is a challenge to that idea. Now, for me, one of my comfort foods is roasted brussels sprouts with a bit of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, so to me, vegan comfort food sounded interesting. I am not vegan, but I love vegetables and fruits and think we are all a litt ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me preface by saying, "I am not vegan."
And, until now, I've really been opposed to the idea of becoming vegan. The word "vegan" itself evokes a sense of abstinence to me. Abstinence from meat, being the obvious. But also, an abstinence from the delicious scrumptiousness of meals, that the foodie in me has come to expect.

I have a few millennial colleagues who are either vegan or vegetarian. I also worked with a designer who lives in the burbs raising chickens, and whose immediate family is

This would be a great cookbook for people who want to move to a vegetarian or vegan diet but are hung up on all the foods that they won't be able to have anymore if they give up meat.  The book starts with several pages of recipes devoted to making substitutes for bacon from several different vegetables.  It moves onto using cauliflower as a base for vegan fried chicken.  A lot of the book concentrates on making vegan versions of meat-based favorites.

I don't really have any comfort
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Please note this review will likely be completely biased because I love Lauren Toyota and have followed her youtube channel 'hot for food' for years and have been eagerly awaiting this book release.

I loved this vegan cookbook, it had delicious recipes with common and easily found ingredients. The pictures were gorgeous. My favourite section though was the how to make sauces from scratch vegan. In my local supermarkets I can't yet get vegan sour cream, ranch dressings, mayo etc etc. so to be abl
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I went into this having already tried recipes from Lauren's YouTube channel & blog and I knew that most of the things she makes are delicious. My only complaint is that the recipes here take an incredibly long amount of time and commitment. I've been eating plant-based for a few years now and my everyday meals take a fraction of the amount of time that Lauren suggests here. I cook from scratch nearly everyday and I always prefer quick and easy recipes. I would never pull for this cookbook as ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is probably very biased since I love Lauren Toyota and I've been a subscriber of the Hot For Food Youtube channel for a long while now. Needless to say, I of course went to her book signing and got my copy signed.

I thought the photos in the book turned out beautifully and I love the variety of different recipes as well. I've made 4-5 of the recipes in the book already and they have all turned out perfectly, despite me still being somewhat inexperienced to cooking. Somethi
Leticia Goluba
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A great book if you live in a city with a lot of processed vegan replacement products available at your fingertips, and you're really that in need of vegan versions of foods from your past carnivore life. Chock full of tofu, fake bacon, processed fake chicken, fake beef, etc. I've always steered away from these recipes because the foods used to emulate those meaty flavors aren't doing much to replace the protein and other nutrients from the foods they are meant to be replacing. I'm not so sure the a ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
There just wasn't anything in here that cried out for me to try making it, and honestly, most of it I wouldn't even be super interested in eating if someone else cooked it for me. It's probably partly that I have different classics than Toyota does, partly that a lot of the recipes take what seems to me to be a ridiculous amount of time (mushroom & leek quiche - prep time: 1 hour, cook time: 55 minutes, OUCH), and partly that something about the descriptions just...kind of annoyed me. And a ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: food-health
I love Hot For Food blog recipes. That website and You Tube channel were amazing when I found them a few years ago and several of the recipes are my absolute favorites. Over the past year or so, however, I've felt that the recipes have been more "created" than just recipes she really likes. They seem to follow trends or are too designed. I'm not sure how to express it but I haven't enjoyed them as much and unfortunately that's also how this book feels. There are some good recipes but I feel like ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-diet
Although the recipes in this vegan cookbook aren't all that healthy, that's really not the point.
The whole idea of this book is to recreate and reimagine some favourite restaurant style appetizers and mains with vegan alternatives. Although, I generally prefer recipes that embrace veggies for their vegginess and don't try to make them into meat, this book's take on vegan pub fare is better than most. What stood out for me was that every recipe has serving suggestions, tips for when substitution
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren is forever the vegan queen!

I follow Lauren and hotfor food on instagram and since becoming vegan I use a lot of her recipes. It is quite amazing how she has not only the food but the flavorful herbs, spices, etc to make a rather gourmet meal and at the same time appeasing. I always check the recipes in the book to add ingredients to my list before I do my shopping. Thanks Lauren for keeping is real!
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this to broaden my repertoire of cool vegan recipes. Some of it is really complex, but it's only because there's a lot that goes into veggifying some popular comfort foods. My main gripe is that some of the steps are skimmed over a little or not particularly descriptive, and I was left wondering what exactly I needed to do. Otherwise this is a great book, if anything just to become more aware of some of the sheer magic that is turning traditional foods into vegan style.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
All your favourite non-vegan classics, remastered! These recipes are fun and relatively straight-forward, although many of them require more than 1 hour to prepare, which is honestly more time than I'd like to spend in the kitchen on a weeknight. Great for weekend meals though!

Note: people with nut allergies or those who are GF may struggle with this cookbook, as there are substitutions suggested but no alternative measurements provided.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite guilty pleasures is reading cookbooks, especially vegan cookbooks. Sadly, too often the tone of the book is preachy and there are only a few recipes that I find interesting. Not so with Toyota's Vegan Comfort Classics. She has produced a fun vegan cookbook with so many recipes that not only look inviting and delicious but are things I want to try. A must have for any vegan kitchen.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookery, netgalley
I am reviewing this book for Lauren Toyota, Ten Speed Press, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.
Some of these recipes sound very tempting and I will be trying them out ... but the prep time and the cooking time puts me off a bit as the majority of the recipes appear to have at least 20 minutes ofeach ... and most days I don't have 40 minutes to spare cooking.
I enjoyed the photos which were well taken and made the recipe seem even more appealing.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading cookbooks especially vegan cookbooks and while I enjoyed looking at the recipes I found the author’s writing to be so apologetic! Own your writing, take pride in the recipes! Also cauliflower is a terrible substitute for “meat” or veggie meat, but a delicious vegetable that should be treated as a vegetable.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve made so many of Lauren’s recipes from her YouTube channel and am so happy to have this book finally! The layout and photos are great. I’ve read through all of the recipes and can’t wait to dive in! Her recipes have never steered me wrong!
Gooshe Net
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
The pictures alone will have you panting, but there are also detailed instructions for every recipe plus some visual step-by-steps for some of the more labor-intensive creations. There are simple recipes for hearty soups, finger foods, veggie sides, sweet things stacked sandwiches and big salads.
The ingredients in Hot for Food: Vegan Comfort Classics seem to be easily available at my local stores. I’m curious about the vegan shellfish recipes and look forward to trying them out. I also thought the use of jackfruit was interesting.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the author's food attitudes. She clearly infuses a love of good food into creating vegan versions of american (and other) classics. Lots of good recipes, and as mentioned, a great creative attitude. I especially liked her 1) starting the book with bacon, and 2) her sauces section.
Carina Johnson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the food you are used to, if you watch the youtube channel. It is delicious and easy and an amazing vegan substitute that will make you realize you can go vegan. if you aren't already.
It is not health food but better for you. Highly recommend you try it.
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