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Food trucks : dispatches and recipes from the best kitchens on wheels
Heather Shouse
Adult Nonfiction TX907.2 S46 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this excellent cookbook on roving foods, Shouse, the food and drink editor for Time Out Chicago, interviews 50 proprietors of various taco carts, ice cream trucks, crepe trailers, and kebob-mobiles across 18 major U.S. cities (cooking in a truck is still illegal in the Windy City). Along the way, she creates a fascinating landscape of cultural diversity-folks from all walks of life who have dedicated themselves to cranking out quick, cheap, nomadic snacks. In New York, there is the classically trained bassoonist who has become a local hero with his Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. In Seattle, a woman who is part Korean and part Hawaiian teams with a Chinese-Filipino to serve up Spam sliders. And in New Orleans, a Katrina victim who attended culinary schools in London and Sydney makes brisket in a refrigerator that has been turned into a giant smoker. Along the way, Shouse provides recipes for crowd favorites like the buttermilk fried chicken found in Oahu, and a Sloppy Jose in Miami. Some ingredients, it turns out, travel more intriguingly than others. Bacon, for instance, shows up as a mac & cheese garnish in New Hampshire, arrives as a doughnut topping in Austin, Tex., and beds down in an ice cream sandwich in Manhattan. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Food trucks may conjure images of big cities, but they're increasingly popping up around the country. Shouse (food & drink editor, Time Out Chicago; Chicago reporter, Food & Wine) crisscrossed the United States and reports back with reviews, a few recipes, and (possibly most important) where to find the food trucks she considers the best. Interviews and profiles interspersed throughout add a fascinating glimpse into the details of why individuals chose to enter the market. Their reasons are as diverse as the food they sell-the compact space seems to encourage a distinctive approach, freeing the proprietors to experiment. The results range from fusion cooking (Korean tacos from Kogi in L.A.) to carefully honed authentic dishes (Lulu B's bahn mi in Austin, TX) to a donut robot at Chef Shack in Minneapolis. VERDICT This fun book will be of primary interest to readers near the areas covered-major cities across the country in addition to Oahu, HI; Durham, NC; Marfa, TX; and Portsmouth, NH-but the owner profiles and recipes expand the book's audience to anyone interested in food trends in the United States. Recommended.-Courtney Greene, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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