New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks

New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks

by Alexandra Penfold, Siobhan Wallace
     
 

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Divided into neighborhood sections (Uptown, Midtown, Downtown, the Boroughs, etc.) New York a la Cart will spotlight the best of the Big Apple's cart cuisine, profiling 50 vendors and including their most popular recipes. There are terrific "only in New York" stories here: the IBM exec who quit his six-figure job to flip Belgian waffles, the banquet

Overview

Divided into neighborhood sections (Uptown, Midtown, Downtown, the Boroughs, etc.) New York a la Cart will spotlight the best of the Big Apple's cart cuisine, profiling 50 vendors and including their most popular recipes. There are terrific "only in New York" stories here: the IBM exec who quit his six-figure job to flip Belgian waffles, the banquet hall chef who followed his dreams from Bangladesh to 46th Street, the second generation souvlaki masters carrying on their family traditions, among many others. With full-color photos that capture the local color as well as the delicious food, New York a la Cart is a celebration of the food-cart scene — but most importantly, offers more than 60 recipes so that readers can make their favorite street food at home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Co-bloggers Penfold and Wallace have developed a loyal following due to their passionate reporting on New York's food scene, and they've summed up some of the city's best mobile dining vendors in this dense valentine to street food. Organized by neighborhood, the pair nicely showcases the city's diversity, preferring to single out one or two vendors of, say, ice cream or tacos, rather than attempting to offer a definitive list. Locals may balk at such discrimination (though they'll likely get the most out of each vendor's information, which includes Twitter handles), but readers interested in expanding their culinary tour of NYC and its environs will appreciate the book's breadth, highlighting stars like the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck as well as many others, less well-known. Each profile is accompanied by recipes from the vendor in question (a total of 100 recipes are included), but readers will reap the greatest benefit from the book's text, which covers street vending from all angles, such as the black market for permits—which can go for as high as ,000—to how to buy the best lobster to the evolution of street food in NYC. (Apr.)
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New York Daily News
“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.”

SeriousEats.com
“A fun book and a good read for anyone interested in food trucks.”

Organically Cooked.com
“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.”

Bless Their Hearts Mom blog
“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762446827
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
893,030
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold write the blog BlondieandBrownie, which has received almost 1 million visitors since its launch in 2009. Their stories and photos from the blog are regularly picked up by Serious Eats, Eater, and Grub Street. Siobhan and Alexandra also serve as editors for MidtownLunch, a website focused on finding the best lunches in NYC for under $10. They have appeared on the Cooking Channel's Eat Street as food-truck experts, and (of course) live in New York City.

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