I received FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
The first time I saw a food truck, I lived in Miami. It was a few decades ago. Still the smell of the Jamaican Jerk burgers on that truck had me salivating. It was a simple truck, nothing fancy. A location on a corner in an industrial section. I was fascinated at the pop up business.
These days, food trucks offer flair. They’re part of pop culture and they are dishing out some culinary cuisine that are a force of taste, texture and beauty to be taken seriously. Some boast credentials in the culinary world, while others are more homemade flair. Some flaunt exterior design, while others are more similar to the Jamaican Jerk food truck I met all those years ago.
No matter how you see them food trucks are offering a culinary experience coast to coast.
For bloggersKim Pham and Philip Shen, of the award-winning BehindtheFoodCarts.com– named Best Culinary Travel Blog by Saveur magazine – and food writer Terri Phillips, their love of food has literally taken them on a journey—a journey across the United States as they try out famous food trucks in various cities and have documented their meals along the way. The result is their new book, FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK [Page Street Publishing, November 2014, $21.99 US/$23.99 Canada].
Part cookbook, part photography book, and part history book, FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK has it all. The chapters cover all the food truck favorites, from soup and sandwiches, to American comfort food, to Latin American, Asian and fusion foods from all corners of the Earth—plus drinks, sides, desserts, and snacks. And every recipe is accompanied by gorgeous photographs taken by the authors, both trained photographers, as well as the history of the food truck, its owner, and the story behind the spectacular food.
“We’re humbled by the opportunity to tell a little bit of our story, but we’re more excited for you to hear the stories of these chefs and owners who have inspired us to make this book.” says Philip Shen.
With FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP home cooks can explore and enjoy amazing recipes from all over the U.S. Recipes include:
- Jalapeño Corn Cakes – Bid D’s Grub Truck – Dennis Kum, New York, NY
- Fopo Cristo – The Egg Carton – Sarah Arkwright, Portland, OR
- Oxtail Mac N’ Cheese – Flat Iron – Timothy Mark Abell and Caleb Patrick Orth, Los Angeles, CA
- Fried Chicken Sandwich with Fennel Slaw – Doc’s of the Bay – Zak Silverman, Oakland, CA
- The Matador – American Meltdown – Paul Inserrra, Durham, NC
- Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders – Nola Girl food Truck and Catering – Dannielle Judie, New Orleans, LA
- Seafood Soup – Fishey Bizness Seafood Co – Dennis White, Austin, TX
- Santa Fe Black Bean Burger – Mix’d Up Food Truck – Brett Eanes, Atlanta, GA
- Roasted Roots Salad – The Moral Omnivore – Ross and Linnea Logas, Minneapolis, MN
- Brisket Barbarcoa Empanada – Taco Mondo – Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen, Philadelphia, PA
- Japanese Curry with Chicken Kara-Age – Japacurry – Jay Hamada, San Francisco, CA
- Coconut-Cashew Kaffir Lime Trout with Fresh Pineapple Slaw – Carte Blanche – Jessie Aron, Portland, OR
- Rosemary Olive Oil and Blood Orange Cake – La Bella Torte – Joe Glaser, New York, NY
FOOD TRUCK ROAD TRIP—A COOKBOOK allows readers to travel all over the country without leaving their kitchens and gives them the tools to re-create favorite food truck dishes from cities such as Raleigh, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and New York. This book is ideal for every foodie, traveler, and story-lover out there.
About the Authors:
Philip Shen and Kim Pham are the creators of BehindtheFoodCarts.com, which has over 200,000 subscribers and was named Best Culinary Travel Blog by Saveur Magazine in 2013. They live in San Francisco, California.
Terri Phillips is a freelance food writer who lives in Portland, OR.
November 2014 / Page Street Publishing
$21.99 US; Paperback
Ebook also available.