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

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

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...

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

  • Elske

    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

    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 as the DELICIOUS mac and cheese. She just really knows her flavours. Yes, there are some recipes that will require time (also some quick ones like the delicious spicy peanut noodles), but Hot For Food has always been a channel for the foodie, so I knew what I was getting into and personally I love that about it. Like the philly cheese steak, SO GOOD. Overall, I highly recommend Hot For Food: Vegan Comfort Classics. It's already a personal favourite.

  • Helen

    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. Something that got

    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. Something that got me obsessed with Hot For Food was the fact that the recipes were always foolproof for me and the recipes in the cookbook are just as foolproof and easy to follow.

    I've read over the critiques of the book and though I agree that most of the recipes do take time to prep and cook, I find that making larger batches actually last me throughout the week. However, I should also mention that I'm the only one eating it and so, this may not be the case for people cooking for families.

  • Liam

    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 marking the book

    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 marking the book done. I made the tofu benny, the raspberry crumble bars, spicy peanut noodles, funfetti pop tarts and tonight's dinner was the mushroom alfredo. Not counting the dozens of other recipes I've tried from the blog and youtube channel. I give Lauren Toyota a toot.

  • Jess

    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

    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 able to easily make my own at home is awesome. I've tried three of the quick easy sauces so far the gravy, sour cream and aioli. Honestly, can't wait to make more.

    Only negative I can really think of for this book is that the main meals do require some time commitment looking on average about 30-45 minutes to make a dish, but this is the same with her great free recipes on her youtube channel so you just have to be inspired and motivated to try them.

    Overall, this is a fantastic book for those that are vegan, looking into veggie lifestyle, lactose intolerant or just looking to try tasty new recipes.

    This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kathleen

    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.

    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.

  • Tonstant Weader

    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

    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 little better off the more vegetables we enjoy.

    Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics is full of beautiful photos of foods that will make you drool, foods full of carbs and calories, foods with fried and baked breaded crusts, foods with gravies and sauces that are lush and indulgent. This is, in some ways, a book that challenges the idea of vegan food as health food. But then, there are more reasons for embracing veganism than health.

    There are two ways to approach vegan cooking. One is to go for it without regret, to enjoy the bounty of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and grains you can enjoy. The other is to focus on what you are missing and seek ways to replace the flavors and textures of meat and dairy with vegan alternatives. Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics takes the latter approach which I think of as regretful veganism. The veganism of loss.

    Which is why this book is a mixed bag. There are lots of excellent recipes, though many are too carb and fat-loaded for this diabetic. I love the idea of a cauliflower burger as shown on the cover. Cauliflower is mild enough to take on the flavor of whatever you want it to, so added buffalo chicken spices will make it tasty. The problem for me is that this is all about recreating non-vegan comfort foods with meat and dairy substitutes. I was hoping that this might also be about creating new comfort foods made with vegetables. Rather than bangers and mash, maybe a pea soup flavored with the smokiness of coffee? Is it really comforting to make a recipe based on what you miss rather than something new? To me, this cookbook focuses on what veganism deprives you of rather than on exploring how vegan recipes can be exciting and delicious in their own right and creating new classics.

    I received a copy of Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics from the publisher through Blogging for Books.

    Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics at Penguin Random House

    Lauren Toyota author web site

  • 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. 💚

  • Leticia Goluba

    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

    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 t

    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

    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 average person has the time, money, or patience to bother with many of the recipes in this book, either, but I'm sure they taste great for those who really need to satisfy a craving.

    I'm excited to try the southern fried cauliflower, though!

  • Lara

    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

    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 lot of the photographs are totally unappetizing to me.

    If you're looking for a vegan cookbook that will ease you down from being a total carnivore and have oodles of time in which to make that happen, this book might be for you. But for me? Not so much.

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