who is hot for food


Lauren Toyota is hot for food… as long as it’s vegan! She’s cooking up vegan love and bringing the increasingly popular lifestyle to food fans across the globe. Her knack for creating vegan versions of popular comfort foods like mac and cheese, burgers, caesar salad, and even cheesecake is helping to catapult the vegan lifestyle into the mainstream and proving that plant based diets are far from boring.

You can regularly find Lauren sharing gourmet vegan comfort food recipes on the YouTube channel that now boasts nearly 450,000 subscribers and has over 40 million channel views since launching in February 2015. 

Lauren Toyota is a bestselling author of two cookbooks, Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes To Feed Your Face (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House) and hot for food all day: easy recipes to level up your vegan meals, both available now wherever books are sold!  The week of release, Vegan Comfort Classics was the #1 selling cookbook in America according to Nielsen BookScan, ranked in the Top 100 overall books on Amazon.com, and ranked #4 on the Globe and Mail Best Sellers List in Canada (it also ranked twice more at #3 the weeks following). The debut cookbook was voted best cookbook in the 2018 Veggie Awards (VegNews Magazine), was a 2019 Gourmand Cookbook Awards National Winner, made the New York Times’s Summer Reading List, shortlisted for the 2019 Taste Canada Awards in Health and Special Diets, was an Amazon Best of the Month pick and it continues to be an Amazon bestseller. Lauren Toyota’s second cookbook hot for food all day (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House) was an International bestseller (BookManager) the week of release, ranking in the top 10 new releases.

hot for food has been featured on many television shows to spread the vegan message across Canada and the US appearing on programs like Hallmark Channel’s Home & FamilyPickler & BenThe Marilyn Denis ShowCTV’s The SocialCityLineBreakfast Television, CTV’s Your Morning and Morning Live (Ottawa and Vancouver), Global National News Hour, Global TV’s Morning Show (Calgary and Toronto), and CHCH Hamilton’s Morning Live. Recently Lauren Toyota was named Canada’s Top Vegan Influencer gracing the cover of IMPACT Magazine, she also represented Toronto vegan’s on the cover of Now Magazine, and was the cover girl for Chatelaine‘s issue featuring women changing the way you eat! hot for food was also invited by Gene Baur (the President of Farm Sanctuary and a global animal activist) to contribute an original recipe to his new book Living The Farm Sanctuary Life. The book is available now and also features recipes from famous vegans like Emily Deschanel, Chloe Coscarelli, and Moby. You can order your copy here.

The history of hot for food is short and sweet. It launched as a blog in February 2014 and earned over 10,000 visitors within the first week! hot for food was featured in Laika MagazineWomen’s Health MagazineBuzzFeedHuffington PostThriveV-lish.com and contributed editorial for Clean Eating MagazineFoodNetwork.ca, and Raw Food Magazine. In late 2014 Lauren started to create short-form recipe videos and created the hot for food YouTube channel which gained over 100,000 subscribers within the first year. 

Prior to launching hot for food and dreaming of running a vegan empire, Lauren Toyota was a MuchMusic VJ and nationally recognized TV host and producer for nearly 10 years. Visit her website for more info. You can also find her vlogging what she eats in a day, her travels, and sharing more personal aspects of her life on her other YouTube channel, Lauren In Real Life.

work with hot for food

We’re thrilled that you’re interested in working with hot for food! Here’s the deal. Lauren does many things, but mainly she’s a one woman production company that produces exceptional content. If you’re a vegan friendly food brand, a kitchenware manufacturer, or maybe you’ve got the hottest new cooking gadget on the market, that’s fantastic! She’d love to see it, taste it, use it, or possibly review it in her own unique way. But sending free product in exchange for high quality advertising isn’t her business model. If you’re interested in having hot for food create and share engaging, innovative, and creative video, photos, or recipes featuring your brand please explore and learn more about her influence and reach and then decide if you think it jives with your project, vision, and goals. If so, we definitely want to hear from you and we’re confident hot for food can get your brand reaching the far corners of the world with Lauren’s talents and service. 

Send us an email using the link below if you want to partner with hot for food, would like to request Lauren for an interview or appearance, or wish to publish any content on this site.



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