Vegan Blogger Offers Lighter, Flavorful Alternatives to Fan Favorites


As you can tell by now, I enjoy food—eating it, buying it, and cooking it. So this month, I decided to write about one of my favorite food blogs, hot for food ( The blog is run by Lauren Toyota, and hot for food is her vegan, comfort-food-filled baby. Toyota posts on YouTube regularly, where she has over 380,000 subscribers. She also wrote a cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes To Feed Your Face, which will be sold in stores starting February 28. Toyota recreates classic dishes like mac and cheese, seven-layer dip and poutine with a vegan twist.

Now, none of the recipes I have tried could completely replace meat or dairy in my life, but it is nice to have lighter, plant-based options in the typically-bland winter months. Without fresh options that the farmers’ market typically provides, winter can be tough to try to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet; in order to make the bland winter veggies taste a little better, I stumbled upon hot for food, and my life has since changed. Toyota’s vegan fare doesn’t sacrifice flavor—I made her cauliflower buffalo wings, which were delicious and meaty, yet I felt less guilty eating my weight in them on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you are like me and worry constantly about looming loads of college debt, you do not have to spend your hard-earned money on the hot for food cookbook! Rejoice! Toyota has plenty of easy-to-follow recipes on her blog, many of them paired with videos showing each and every step of the process. Even if you are not vegan, treat yo self to some plant-based goodness in the last few weeks of winter left and check out Lauren Toyota’s blog, hot for food.