Book Review: ‘Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook’
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).
The recipe selections run the gamut of category, cuisine, and nutritional focus. I was surprised to see a somewhat balanced number of inclusions from trailers, such as Sun Farm Kitchen and Schmaltz, which celebrate fresh local food amidst the many often-fried trailer traditions. This speaks as much to Austin’s love affair with farm-fresh and creative food, as it does our occasional tendencies to revel in deep-fried gluttony.
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.