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New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks Paperback – April 2, 2013
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Popular bloggers Blondie” and Brownie” hit the road, literally, in this celebration of all things street food. Their thorough book details the rich history of the genre and features profiles of some of the city’s favorite carts and trucks as well as the (sometimes eccentric) personalities behind them.”
A fun book and a good read for anyone interested in food trucks.”
New York a la Cart is a must-read for those who love to hear the stories behind the food. It also contains so many enticing photos, and the recipes given are quick, easy and cheap to make.”
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the recipes are great If you know someone who left NYC and misses the food trucks, this would be a great 'souvenoir' book for them. If you have someone interested in the whole food truck scene, they would love this book as well.”
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New Yorkers are particularly well served by various food carts and whether you are a native New Yorker or just a curious foodie you can, with this book, read about some of the best food cart vendors and even have a go making some of their key dishes. Being a cart vendor is not something to be sneezed at - many people have given up high-flying careers to hit the street and start selling food. Some of these interesting tales are served up from this very thick, richly-illustrated book. Good food, good stories - what else could you ask for?
You can treat this book as a tourist guide too - the carts are listed by their geographic presence and even many of the outer boroughs are featured. As well as the detailed "per cart" listings, an overview by location and contact information is given at the end of the book, along with a sourcing guide, further reading suggestions and a detailed index.
To this reviewer, this was a book that was so much more than just a listing of food carts. It was a series of 50 different mini stories, a range of cultural and sociological history, a snapshot of New York that perhaps not many native New Yorkers or tourists alike really get to share. One wonders how many locals really know the history of their local food carts, for example. The recipes are a bonus, but perhaps one has missed something if one has not been lucky enough to try the food direct from the cart and could savour up the atmosphere, its ambience and real aroma!.Read more ›
Example of what I mean:
Most of the recipes are 'adapted from' the food carts rather than the actual food cart food. For example for kati rolls, if you follow their recipe to the letter you will get smoke. That's because they say you should fry the chapati in butter. Well, butter has a very low smoke point and you shouldn't fry things, particularly flatbreads, in it. You will either use too low a heat and not get a proper flatbread, or you will burn your butter and call the firemen. Ghee (clarified Indian butter) has a much higher smoke point. You can make ghee from butter pretty easily, so I don't understand why they don't say something like 'ghee, if not available, substitute with butter'. Also, I think you need more butter than they recommend to get it properly soft and buttery as you would at a food cart than the book recommends. To some extent I feel like the recipes may be 'adapted' to be more 'healthy', but that is not why people eat food cart food in the first place. Also, most recipes explain little to nothing about technique, and many of them will end up nothing like the original unless you learn the technique somewhere else.
To summarize, I feel like I can still use the book, though not the way it was intended. I can get some of the history of the food carts in New York, can get the names of things I ate in NYC and then look them up. I got amazing results following recipes I found elsewhere, and mixing in spices from here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book represents the essence of NY, I.e. it's people...the cuisine, especially "street" cuisine! Read morePublished 5 months ago by AlwaysUseWisdom
Wow! I did not know about vending trucks at all. And the receipes, well I rather find the truck. But, it's good to have them! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Irene Dubyk Bergen
fun reviews, but as a teacher riddled with grammatical errors that make me cringePublished 18 months ago by Angelia L. Lewis
Good concept its a good cookbook with good recipes .. After perusing the book, I did make a couple of the items featured in the book and consulted the recipes too.Published 20 months ago by Wail Al hunaidi