STREET FOOD, Everything You Need to Know About Open-Air Stands, Carts & Food Trucks Across the Globe – Book Review
I’ve just received a review copy of this comprehensive guide to the most popular street foods of the world, and consider it to be a must-have for every avid traveler’s book shelf. Whether you’re a vacation traveler heading to Cuba or a business road warrior flying to Asia, you’ll find this guide to the world’s best street food indefensible when preparing to travel to a new destination.
Noted culinary authors, Bruce Kraig and Coleen Taylor Sen, have edited an extensive overview of the favorite foods consumed on-the-go in 75 countries and regions across the globe. This guide could well be considered the 1000 best street food items to eat before you die. Entertaining histories of each destination reveal how local street foods evolved through trade routes and population migration, their ingredients and how they are prepared. From the ubiquitous hot dog push cart to trendy new fusion food trucks, you’ll know just which dishes to look for when the munchies find you in a foreign land. Travelers can rely on this guide to decode the mystery meats and delicacies they encounter in street stalls from Asia to Mexico and on every continent of the globe. With over 500 pages of great advice about local culinary scenes, health and safety tips, and fascinating histories of regional dishes, this guide earns a place on your travel book shelf.
Fun facts and statistics appear throughout the book. As an example, I learned that the chili pepper earned it’s name in Europe when peppers from Mexico were imported to Spain and reminded the locals of the bite of black pepper corns, so this new vegetable was dubbed peppers. Obviously they were a hit and their popularity spread through Europe and to every corner of the world.
With the recent rise in health regulations for street food sales and the popularity of good food being sold by street vendors, our grab-and-go lifestyles are leaving fast food restaurants behind and taking to the streets for trendy eats. And as the world is experiencing more blended populations, you may just find Korean kimchi being served along side tamales from Mexico, as well as kabobs and hand pie varieties from the Caribbean to the Middle-East. Vive la difference – grab this guide to decipher the best of street foods around the world.
Street Food, Everything You Need to Know About Open-Air Stands, Carts and Food Trucks Across the Globe, by Coleen Taylor Sen and Bruce Kraig is available from Agate Publishing and also available on Amazon.