Book Review: ‘Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook’
Over 100 crave-worthy recipes from Austin’s famous food trailers
By Jessi Cape,
10:30AM, Fri. Jan. 4, 2013
Austin food trucks have become synonymous with tasty, often ingenious, handheld edibles. Tiffany Harelik’s ‘Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook, Austin edition, Volume 2’ (American Palate, 206 pp., $19.99) offers the inside scoop on the famous Austin trailer food that represents an American Dream.
Trailer Food Diaries, the 2010-born blog baby of Harelik, has since spawned festivals, a book series, and her reputation as a street food expert. The beginning of her storied adventures into the wilds of street food culture is both the root cause and the intriguing parallel of her penchant for highlighting the backgrounds of trailer chefs and owners. This 2nd volume adds a new round of Austin flavors to the collection and makes a good prize for any lover of this fair city’s world-famous trailer food (especially to quench post-Austin vacation cravings).
Personally, I’ll leave dishes like Dr. Pepper Beef from The Gypsy Kit and The Mickey (with Kraft Cheese Whiz!?) from Way South Philly, for the ravenous crowds. I will, however, hold Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook hostage until I master items like Seedling Truck’s Polenta Cake with Poached Egg and Kale Pesto and the Avocado Sorbet from Ice Cream Social. And of course, tacos are always welcome in my world, so the Banh Mi Taco courtesy of The Peached Tortilla will be on my home menu soon.