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The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels

TITLE: The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels
AUTHOR: John T. Edge
PUBLISHER: Workman Publishing Company
CUISINE: Street Food

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Featured Ingredient: Onions
I think we would all agree that nothing lights up a dish quite like an onion. As ingredients go, the humble onion has more uses than anyone would think possible. Not only is it delicious,Florida Onions but, it might be better for you than you think. It’s been speculated that onions have powers to cure and heal everything from a cold to heart disease.

We love them because they add a distinct layer of depth and texture to everything they’re used in. Left out, a lot of you’re favorite dishes would just fall flat.

Purchase them individually or buy the sack. You just can’t have too many onions on hand when you’re trying out a batch of new recipes from your latest cookbook purchase.

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Observations
The Food Truck Cookbook comes to us from a food niche that didn’t even exist ten years ago. Mobile food prep and sales have come a long way in that time. And, with the popularity of the food truck comes the next natural step, food truck recipes. The Treats Truck Book did it successfully. And, the topic has found a fun and frivolous presentation here too. Fairly easy recipes and playful art is part of what gives this book it’s feel.

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What You’ll Find Inside (aka Table of Contents)

  • Street Eat Ethics
  • Fries & Pies
  • Waffles & Their Kin
  • Brunch on Wheels
  • Unexpected Pleasures
  • Sandwich Up!
  • Hot Dogs
  • Tacopalooza
  • Rolling in Sweets
  • My Life as a Lucky Dog

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In case you’ve been living under a culinary rock for past five years or so, here’s some of what you’ve been missing.

 

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The Best of the Book:

Lemon Aioli Basil Aioli
Guacamole Salsa Verde Serrano Cilantro Salsa
Breakfast Burgers Grilled Cheeseburgers
California Dogs Dante’s Chicken Dogs
Downtown Dogs Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese
Salmon & Chipotle Fried Pie Sloppy Jerk Chicken & Pork

 

There’s a wide variety of delicious looking recipes to try. Some of the standouts for me were the Elotes from Melissa’s, the Kolbi Beef Sliders courtesy of KOi Fusion and the Taiwanese Fried Chicken served from the NYC Cravings truck, Lots of super interesting sauces and spreads. Burgers and dogs that really separate themselves from the crowd. A few unique desserts and lots of condiments for your creations.

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Special Features

There are scant culinary resources tucked in the back of the book. Standard weights, measures and conversions are about it. Most of trucks that roll through any major metropolis use Twitter as a main form of communication. A list would have been nice.  It’s probably easier (and more up to date) to use your smartphone and look for them yourself. I guess the omission is no big deal.

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Conclusions

There’s lots to like inside these pages. Fun, reasonably easy recipes. A pretty good variety especially when you consider that these dishes were designed to be executed in a 10 X 10 space. Food trucks from all across the country are featured. So, you really get a good picture of what these mobile chefs are up to. The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels

Culinary Expertise Required: 5.5
1= Boiling Water (novice) 10= Liquid Nitrogen (expert)

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The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels

Links, Resources and Other Press:

Truck Food Cookbook Website
Workman Publishers – Truck Food Cookbook
John T. Edge
CBS News Interview
How to Open a Successful Food Truck
Food Trucks via FLICKR

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