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.
LAUREN TOYOTA is a former MTV Canada host and a YouTube sensation. Her channel and blog, hot for food, attract a wide and engaged audience of young people curious about how to make vegan food fast and fun. In less than two years, her YouTube channel has gained over 391,000 subscribers. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
COLD CUCUMBER- CHILE NOODLES
Makes 4 to 6 servings
1 pound thick flat rice noodles
2 English cucumbers
2 green onions, white and green parts, finely sliced diagonally
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 ⁄4 to ½ teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons chile oil
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. If your rice noodles already contain salt, do not add salt to the water. Cook the noodles until al dente, approximately 6 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the cucumber into ribbons using a vegetable peeler or slice very thin using a mandolin.
Drain the noodles, rinse under cool water, and place in a large bowl. Toss with the cucumber ribbons, green onions, sesame oil, sesame seeds (reserving 1 teaspoon for garnish), and 1 ⁄4 teaspoon of the salt (more to taste, if necessary). Divide among serving plates.
Drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon of the chile oil (or use more sesame oil if you don’t want spice) and garnish with the remaining sesame seeds. You can also toss the noodles in only the sesame oil, salt, and sesame seeds, leaving the cucumber ribbons and green onions to place on top of the noodles in each serving. I think this looks prettier!
If you have leftovers, soften the noodles by heating them with a bit of water in a covered pan or heat in a microwave. Drain any excess water before serving.
Canadian media personality Toyota, creator of the vegan Hot for Food blog and the YouTube channel of the same name, presents satisfying recipes for “indulgent, delectable, gourmet vegan comfort foods.” Toyota refashions classic stick-to-your-ribs fare with vegan substitutes such as nuts, tofu, and friendly fats. A chapter titled “Badass Brunches” showcases buttermilk biscuits, waffles with berry syrup and cream, and six plant-based variations on bacon. Finger foods presented here include crispy crabless cakes and party-friendly jalapeño poppers. Soups include a tummy-warming one made with wontons, and mains include deep-fried avocados stuffed with jackfruit. The Mozz, a meltable cashew-based mozzarella replacement, can serve as a topping for onion soup and gyros. For lighter fare, Toyota suggests Thai-inspired roasted green-curry cauliflower, and though salads and raw-veggie dishes are not Toyota’s focus, there are recipes for rich aiolis for sandwich spreads and dressings for salads. Desserts contain gluten, sugar, and shortening and offer “framework recipes” for customizable chocolate/vanilla cake batter and dough for apple fritters or cinnamon rolls. Some recipes require high-speed blenders, food processors, or a deep-frying setup. In this excellent book of hearty, bold recipes, Toyota makes good on her promise to offer “indulgent, not pious” vegan fare. (Feb.)
Lauren has absolutely nailed this cookbook. Vegans looking to up their cooking game, or those hoping to try plant-based eating for the first time, will be blown away at the creativity of these recipes. From basic sauces and doughs to the most delicious-looking veggie burgers and cakes, this book has it all. The photos and recipes don’t disappoint!” —DANA SHULTZ, author of Minimalist Baker’s Everyday CookingFrom the Publisher
“Lauren is a genius when it comes to plant-based cooking. Who would have ever thought that recipes like French Toast Coffee Cake, Mac & Cheese Onion Rings, and Stuffed Crust Pizza would be in a vegan cookbook! Hot for food has become my favorite YouTube channel and I’m so excited to cook everything from Lauren’s book.” — JEANINE DONOFRIO, creator of the popular blog Love & Lemons and author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook
“Lauren is a renegade and hugely responsible for showing the world how incredible plant-based foods can be. Her out-of-the-box brilliance for vegan cooking is in a league of its own. Good luck eating any other vegan food after you try hot for food recipes, because it just does not get any tastier than this. This is basically a bible. Lauren Toyota is above the law.” —JULIEN SOLOMITA & JENNA MOUREY/MARBLES, YouTubers