The American experience of street food might be primarily limited to hot-dog vendors, although, recently, American street food has seen an upswing in terms of visibility with food trucks popping up across the country—and even the Food Network is hopping on the bandwagon with a reality competition show. Internationally, though, street food varies from country-to-country, a difference that this volume attempts to break down. The book is well-researched and thorough and contains a lot of informative material. Sections begin with an overview of the region and are then broken down into countries, with information on the socioeconomic makeup and how that might influence the food found in that particular country. With roughly 10 reviews per country, including desserts and drinks, readers will get a good idea of the flavor profile and what kinds of foods are expected in each region of the world. However, Street Food around the World would greatly benefit from the inclusion of color photographs, as the few black-and-white ones scattered throughout don’t do justice to the scenes or the food items. The descriptions of the food from various countries are detailed, but sometimes the writing feels as though something is lacking, doing little more than stating ingredients. Simply reading about a Chicago-style hot dog, for example, doesn’t do much to entice readers to hunt one out in the Windy City. Although the included recipes are a nice touch, they feel a bit out of place in a book that is meant to describe an experience in a country. (Sure, you could make mohinga—a spicy noodle soup from Myanmar—at home, but it might taste better eaten amid the hustle and bustle of its homeland’s busy thoroughfares.) Overall, this is a secondary purchase for most libraries. It’s a bit of a misfire because it doesn’t know what it wants to be—a travel guide or a cookbook—but it might inspire budding on-the-road foodies; for large collections. --Erin Linsenmeyer
• Presents an international survey of street foods in representative countries and regions that includes interesting facts and recipe to illustrate many of them
• Supplies the historical and environmental background of the country's street food
• Includes sidebars with fun facts and statistics about street foods
• Provides highly useful information for students studying geography and for travelers
"A solid overview of street food worldwide for travelers and researchers."
"This book should be of interest to anyone traveling internationally or wanting to experience how the natives obtain a great portion of their food."
"This interesting reference title will whet readers' appetite for these foods. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic and public libraries; lower- and upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers."
"Street Food around the World contains a wealth of inspiration for chefs wanting to incorporate these dishes into menus. It could also be useful for food entrepreneurs."