Author: James Cunningham
Published: Pintail; Apr. 2013
Synopsis: Eat St. is a lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible street food. Join James Cunningham on the ultimate cross-country culinary road trip to find the most daring, delicious, and inventive street food across the country.
And now you can make these over-the-top culinary creations at home. Eat St. is packed with full-color photographs and more than 125 recipes from the best food vendors on wheels dishing out great curbside eats all over North America. From Tijuana-style tacos served out of an Airstream trailer and pizzas baked in a brick oven to sirloin burgers slathered in bacon jam, Eat St. is irresistible!
This is the perfect book for fans of the hottest food trend—a full-course meal of the world’s ultimate street food.
My Take: I LOVE food! My husband and I love to try new restaurants, cook fun dishes at home, and just generally enjoy the delicious food our world has to offer. Unless you've been living under a hole, then you know that food trucks have exploded onto the food scene in the past few years. Living in San Francisco, I eat at them all the time. We have a ton right outside where I work and on the streets near where I live. Want something quick and surprisingly gourmet? Eat at a food truck!
Eat St. is a TV show on the Cooking Channel. A channel that I don't have at home. However, I have seen this show when I was on vacation and it was mouth-watering! So when this cookbook came out I knew I would want to try it. First, I flipped through it to see if any of the recipes were from SF food trucks (a bunch were!) and if I had ever eaten at any one of them (nope!). Then I flipped through it to see what I would want to try.
For me, a cookbook is a winner if it meets a couple of qualities. Are there pictures for every recipe represented so I know what it's supposed to look like when I make it? Check. Do the recipes actually sound good? Check. Are they relatively easy to make? Well I am sure some of them are but the one I tried wasn't. However, it was so yummy, it was worth the wait!
Eat St. is divided into seven sections: Mobile Snacks; Burgers, Dogs & Slices; Ultimate Street Sandwiches; Tacos, Wraps & Cones; Soups, Noodles & Saucy Things; Curbside Meals; and Sweet Wheels. Each section then lists the name of the dish, the name of food truck it's from, and the location of said truck.
|My version of the Turkey Meatball Sandwich from Le Truc!|
I knew I wanted to make something from San Francisco so I tried the Turkey Meatball Sandwich from Le Truc in the Ultimate Street Sandwiches section. Let me just say that after making this, I have a whole new respect for food trucks! This recipe was really involved and was one of the more 'gourmet' things I have ever made. You may laugh and think a sandwich is gourmet? But this was a two-and-a-half hour sandwich. Most of mine take 10 minutes tops! However, look at that? My husband and I both thought this was incredibly delicious and it made for a very hearty dinner.
Honestly, I can't wait to try something else from this book and to try more food trucks too!
Cover Lust: It's bright and colorful and includes food I want to make. Love it!