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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, an 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 'n' cheese, all with simple vegan ingredients. Never one to hold back, Lauren piles plates high with cheese sauce, ranch, bacon, and barbecue sauce, all while sharing personal stories and tips in her engaging and hilarious voice. The result is indulgent, craveworthy food - like Southern Fried Cauliflower, The Best Vegan Ramen, and Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts - made for sharing with friends at weeknight dinners, weekend brunches, and beyond.


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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, an 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 'n' cheese, all with simple vegan ingredients. Never one to hold back, Lauren piles plates high with cheese sauce, ranch, bacon, and barbecue sauce, all while sharing personal stories and tips in her engaging and hilarious voice. The result is indulgent, craveworthy food - like Southern Fried Cauliflower, The Best Vegan Ramen, and Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts - made for sharing with friends at weeknight dinners, weekend brunches, and beyond.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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. 💚

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    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 expensive..so not so practical. Hopefully will make some more in the future!

  4. 4 out of 5

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    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!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kalyn✨

    Yes. Just absolutely, a billion times, YES. This cookbook helped me along my journey to become vegan over a year ago now, and I'm so grateful. The recipes are easy to follow, absolutely delicious, and taste just like their non-vegan counterparts, but without the animal cruelty. What's not to love? I can have my cake and eat it, too! Whether you're vegan, looking to become one, or just want to reduce your intake of animal products- try this!

  7. 4 out of 5

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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. I am grateful to have received an advanced copy of this book in exch 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 exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Vollmershausen

    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 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 the other recipes I’ve made have been remarkably well-balanced. The fact that this cookbook is beautifully published is just icing on the vegan cake. I’m hoping for a sequel with exactly the same concept!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Really great cookbook. I wish there were alternatives to nuts in the base recipes that feature throughout the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    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!!!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shilpa

    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 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 vegetarian. These are the influences in my life who converted my thinking (if only to try out some vegan food). So, yeah I was partly convinced when I tried foods like vegan Caesar's salad, and A&W's Beyond Meat Burger. I asked my vegan-devoted colleague about recipes, and it just sounded like I'd have to rejig my grocery plans to find some of the ingredient substitutes. So even though I wanted to find alternatives to foods that would not screw up my digestive tract and help with issues such as bloating and indigestion, I really was not that interested in being invested in changing to a vegan lifestyle. Then one day, there was a book floating around the office, that was creating quite a stir. Of course, the bookish in me, couldn't help but be curious. Flipping through the book, I was amazed at how simple the recipes, and the ingredients were. Could vegan cooking really be this simple? I have to see for myself. The book everyone was hemming and hawing over was Lauren Toyota's Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face. If you are not aware already, Lauren Toyota is a former MuchMusic VJ and MTC Canada host and YouTube sensation. Her channel and blog, Hot for Food, attracts a wide and engaged audience of young people curious about how to make vegan food fast and fun. I've tried a few recipes like the Spicy Peanut Sauce, but I have to say that I was most impressed with the Chocolate Cake. So, if you don't know already from my sukasastyle.com blog, I love to bake. I'm particularly picky with my baking recipes, and which baker I trust for baking for important occasions. Rosie Daykin is one of my all time faves, who runs a bakery in Vancouver called Butter Baked Goods. You can read one of the blogs here: Baking with a smile in mind. Baking is a sacred ritual. Precision is key. It's not like cooking, where substitutions are encouraged to individualize the dish. Ever step has a purpose; every measurement must be absolute. It actually didn't raise my confidence reading Lauren Toyota write this in Vegan Comfort Classics, "Baking has rules after all, and I certainly don't know all of them." So, you can imagine my skepticism when I chose to bake a vegan cake. Playing it safe, I decided on the Chocolate Vegan Cake. The proof is in the pudding. I was impressed by the sheer simplicity of this cake. Made in about 30 mins, it tasted, seriously, like a fairly decent chocolate cake. Only I would have been able to tell that there were no eggs in this recipe. So, what does Lauren Toyota use as a substitute for eggs? Soy milk and apple cider vinegar, does the trick. Next on my list to try is the lemon cake. Vegan Comfort Classics is for hard-core vegans and those that just wanting to dip their toe in this lifestyle choice. If there was one criticism, then the creative direction in me would argue that the font is a little impractical and hard to read. But then again, the book is appealing to the Millennials (and Gen Z) and their eyesight isn't as questionable as mine is. Plus, fonts that they think are cool, just may not make my top five list. One thing I'd like to think that we all have in common, is the love for delicious, simple recipes that are good for you. Yes, I'm not vegan, and I don't know if I will ever make a shift to a complete vegan lifestyle. But, I am now (thanks to Lauren Toyota and my persistent colleagues) more inclined to incorporate vegan recipes into my diet, and start feeling better about making a healthier lifestyle change. (originally published: sukasareads.com)

  14. 4 out of 5

    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. via GIPHY 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.  This review was originally posted on Based On A True Story

  15. 4 out of 5

    C.E. G

    I've had this checked out from the library for a few weeks, and I think I'll end up buying it since there are a number of recipes I've tried that I want to remake. Recipes with a * I want to make again. *Almond bacon and Tofu Bacon (8) - the tofu crumbles were delicious with the loaded fries, and the leftover almond bacon made a good snack. *The Best Breakfast Sandwich (16) - made these on a snow day and they were delicious! Loved the egg mix. I ended up buying fake bacon instead of making the ca I've had this checked out from the library for a few weeks, and I think I'll end up buying it since there are a number of recipes I've tried that I want to remake. Recipes with a * I want to make again. *Almond bacon and Tofu Bacon (8) - the tofu crumbles were delicious with the loaded fries, and the leftover almond bacon made a good snack. *The Best Breakfast Sandwich (16) - made these on a snow day and they were delicious! Loved the egg mix. I ended up buying fake bacon instead of making the cassava kind. *Southern Fried Cauliflower (46) - used leftover cauliflower from the buffalo cauliflower sandwich, and this blew my mind. It was like chicken fingers but so much more delicious? Note to self- don't reuse oil when frying something if you don't want a super smokey house. Lemony Parm Green Beans (56) - these were fine, but not really worth making again. Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad (63) - also fine but not really worth making again. *Comforting Lasagna Soup (89) - I love lasagna and this was just as satisfying. Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich (103) - I liked this better as I ate more of it, but I think I'm just not a huge ranch and buffalo sauce fan. *Loaded Fries Supreme (140) - I loved this but I liked swapping out the potatoes for tortilla chips to make nachos instead. The sour cream and bacon crumbles were so good. *Bean and Cheese Enchiladas Verdes (149) - not super unique, but really satisfying, and didn't take too long to make. *Fudgy Brownies (184) - have made these twice and they're some of the best vegan brownies I've ever made.

  16. 4 out of 5

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    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 an 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 an everyday, or even weekly, recipe selection. This is more of a special occasion spread of food. Everything I've tried from Lauren is tasty as hell, but I would recommend trying her recipes only if you have a lot of extra time on your hands. I'd imagine it'd be a great reference for birthday & holiday festivities, as most things in here are on the heavy side (deep-fried & smothered in fatty sauces). Worth a try is you're feeling adventurous in the kitchen, but proceed with a little caution if you have a busy schedule.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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 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 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 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 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!

  20. 4 out of 5

    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 lot 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    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 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 it wasn't worth the money and I was better off with the original free recipes from the blog. I really wanted to like this cookbook but I was mostly disappointed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    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 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 substitutions can be made (and when they can't) and storage guidelines for sauces etc. This is a well thought out book with great organization and great photos.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katt

    Great Recipes I love hot for food on YouTube and this book is a collection of some of the best recipes from Lauren. I have tried many of them. Only downside is not having the American cup measurements as I have had to add a lot more flour than the recipe suggests for the biscuits (scones) I have made them so much in my past that I know the right consistency so I keep adding flour until it forms a dough, however others may not know how to do this (beginners). I think the conversion is wrong. My o Great Recipes I love hot for food on YouTube and this book is a collection of some of the best recipes from Lauren. I have tried many of them. Only downside is not having the American cup measurements as I have had to add a lot more flour than the recipe suggests for the biscuits (scones) I have made them so much in my past that I know the right consistency so I keep adding flour until it forms a dough, however others may not know how to do this (beginners). I think the conversion is wrong. My only downside, but not going to reduce the review stars because the books brilliant all the recipes are tasty.

  24. 4 out of 5

    DenXXX

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danya

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    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!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rj

    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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vesves

    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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    P.

    I made the chocolate cake, breakfast scramble, and wonton soup and they were easy and very tasty. Because this is a "comfort classics" it has more structured food than many vegan cookbooks, and I'm interested in trying the seitan recipe (as well as a lot of the sauces, which I think is a strength of this books).

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