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.

  • PorshaJo

    Rating 4.5

    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 it immediatel

    Rating 4.5

    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 it immediately. I've had it for a few months now reading it cover to cover, again and again, testing things out. Wanting to buy it (still might, just need to find room to store it). Vegan comfort classics is just that....all comfort food, all vegan. Starting off with brunch recipes (oh yum, baked bean tostadas), finger foods (cheesy pesto bread twists), sides & salads, soups, and onto stacked sammiches. Yup, an awesome oyster mushroom po' boy (I've had the non-vegan kind LONG time ago, so this was a perfect replacement). Next is noodles. Naturally I go to the peanut noodles, but there is so much more - mushroom fettucine alfredo, butternut squash cannelloni (yes, my garden has lots of these squashes blooming), and more. The main event has waffle-topped cottage pie, bangers and mash, and more. But oh my....finally, the sweet things. There is a brownie recipe that looks divine but my husband WILL revolt if I make anything than his favorite fudgie brownies. So instead, he gets blackberry crumble bars.

    I really like this one. It's a perfect cookbook for someone who wants to experiment with a vegan diet and try out some decent, homey recipes. Obviously, it's comfort food so many recipes will appeal to non-vegans. Yes, there are a number of tofu recipes, but just a very few tempeh and seitan. But no expensive, hard-to-find vegan ingredients. Just all natural, veggie meals. And did I mention dessert? Really...like tiramisu triffle, and apple fritters...and more. And I think I just found a space on my shelf for this one.

  • 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. 💚

  • Heather

    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 foods that c

    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 foods that contained meat.  I don't like fried foods.  A lot of the recipes in this book don't appeal to me for those reasons.  Others are familiar to people who have been vegetarian for a long time.

    What did appeal to me as a long time vegetarian was her section on sauces.  She has a very simple vegan mayo recipe (Why does prepared vegan mayo cost a fortune?) and then uses it as a base for several dressings, including my favorite, Thousand Island.  I'm definitely going to try that when my current bottle of dressing runs out.  She also has basic recipes for cake and frosting and then shows multiple flavor variations.  If I baked much, I'd be all over that.

    I am going to make the cover recipe this week.  It is a buffalo style baked cauliflower sandwich.  I'm going to make the cauliflower in slices and combine it with salad fixings for dinner. 

    This book also has the most delightfully insane recipe I think I've ever seen.  It is for a double decker veggie burger topped with both Thousand Island and BBQ sauce (yum) but then, then, the buns are made out of ramen noodles.  Why are the buns made out of ramen noodles?  Because you can.

    I love everything in that recipe. Sure, I've only had them separately but what could go wrong? I'm a bit concerned about the ability to fit it in my mouth so I would make a single burger.  You know, it's healthier that way.  I even bought some ring molds to make the buns.  It will happen someday.  In the meantime, Thousand Island and BBQ may be my go to burger dressing. 

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