Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face

Lauren Toyota. Ten Speed, $22 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-0-39958-014-7
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.)
Reviewed on: 12/18/2017
Release date: 02/27/2018
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-7352-3404-8
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