I have been slacking in both my reading and reviewing as the summer heat slows me down. The official temperature for right now is ninety-two degrees, and it is only June! Anyway on with the show. Last week I finished the book Food Truck: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels by Heather Shouse. She took a tour across the country interviewing food trucks from the Pacific to the Atlantic and everywhere else in between. The book is a sorted into geographical areas and each section presents beautiful photographs of the different people, trucks, and foods.
Since I watched The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network, I have been fascinated by the concept of gourmet food trucks. Probably because you the nearest ones are in New Orleans or Baton Rouge from here. (I would even love to start my own.) This book can even be used as a travel guide to the food enthusiast. Especially since Shouse has mapped out the locations of high traffic food truck areas in cities such as Portland, Oregon. The trials and errors of the owners are highlighted in the personal interviews she has conducted with many of the vendors. If you can dream it, it can now be found on a food truck!
Some of my favorite trucks featured in Food Trucks were the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, The Que Crawl in NOLA, and Potato Champion in Portland.
**In other news, I was quoted in The Sun Herald in an article about the arrival of the new books for the newly rebuilt Biloxi Public Library downtown.