REVIEW – The Southern Food Truck #Cookbook

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The Southern Food Truck Cookbook

The Southern Food Truck Cookbook: Discover the South’s Best Food on Four Wheels

  • Author: Heather Donahoe
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401604986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401604981
  • Cover price $24.99


From the mountains of West Virginia to the bayous of Louisiana, there’s a lot of ground to cover—geographically and culinarily speaking, of course.

This road trip discovery of the region’s most impressive mobile eateries features the street food that has lines forming everywhere from Louisville to Birmingham, and Durham to New Orleans. Meet the food truckers who are heading up one of the country’s most popular dining traditions, and discover the recipes that have made them famous in their home cities and beyond. These roving restaurateurs are reimagining tacos, burgers, and biscuits; ice cream, barbeque, and noodles.

The Southern Food Truck Cookbook features chefs from James Beard Award-winning kitchens—chefs who’ve now taken to the streets with menus that reflect their top-shelf training—and home-cooks-turned-food-truckers who are finally making a living from those recipes their family and friends have been raving about for years. This collection of recipes is a mosaic of the culinary traditions that are fondly recognized throughout the South, alongside a different approach that’s sure to push taste buds and kitchen bravery to new heights.

So put it in park, line up, and get ready to be impressed. You’re gonna want seconds, and these recipes are sure to help you create round two, right in your own kitchen.


Chapters include:

  • Kentucky
  • The Virginias
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee

Each chapter represents a state and some of the better food trucks within it. Once in the chapter recipes from each food truck are grouped together. The author includes the Twitter and Facebook for each food truck as well. I love that each chapter contains an index of the recipes inside it. Recipes are all exceptionally simple, and for the most part call for ordinary ingredients. Prep and cooking time is not clearly listed, although cooking time is a part of the recipe. There aren’t many pictures in this cookbook, I wish there were more. If you’re a fan of food trucks or  food from the Southern region of the US this cookbook would be great for you.

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ellen beck December 8, 2013 - 7:37 am

Now this is a book I would be interested in. I love southern cooking and would love to cook more of it. It sounds as if it would be a nice book to add to the library. I also like how the social media is included to connect to them.

patricia Marsden December 8, 2013 - 10:10 am

Louisiana–I first met crayfish, muffaletas, beignets, french pastries, quiche, and bananas foster there. Love its food.

Gianna December 13, 2013 - 8:00 pm

I love learning about southern cooking. My husband is southern and I’ve learned how to make quite a few awesome meals!


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