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The Joy of the Food Truck: Books about the Best Traveling Restaurants

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Saturday night in Stamford, Connecticut. I had just walked out of Tiernan’s Pub with a sunny disposition at one in the morning. People from all over converged on Columbus Park to hear some independent boy band tear up the small stage. The bar scene was packed and uncomfortable after a while. I wanted to go back to my apartment and have a late-night snack that I’d regret in the morning. But then three horrible truths dawned on me: I can’t cook, I don’t have any food to cook with, and I only have five bucks. As I walked up Broad Street I lamented how I’d have no food. My morning was going to be a rough one. Oh woe is…

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Saveur cookbook savors a world of food

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If Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook (Weldon Owen, 2014) was merely a 600-plus-page compendium of 1,000 recipes covering the touchstone dishes of myriad ethnic cuisines, with tempting ideas for every meal of the day, every occasion and almost every ingredient, that would have been more than enough. But this newest book-spinoff of the eponymous foodie magazine is something more; it’s a bellwether of food culture in the United States. That’s saying a lot, but I don’t think it’s too strong a statement. If a magazine can be a reflection of its time (think back to the impact of Time’s Man of the Year a few decades ago), Saveur has been a mirror of America’s evolving relationship with food since its…

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Pass a hot summer afternoon building towers of cookies and ice cream

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When the thermometer hits 80 degrees this summer, everyone goes out for ice cream. Forget about chocolate and vanilla, though. Artisanal ice cream makers like Coolhaus are whipping up flavors like salted caramel, spicy pineapple-cilantro-chile, blueberry mojito, and bourbon pecan pie. Coolhaus takes these and many other mouth-watering flavors and makes them even better by turning them into ice cream sandwiches. Our mothers may have taught us never to play with your food, but Natasha Case and Freye Estella, founders of Coolhaus Ice Cream and authors of the new Coolhaus Ice Cream Book (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2014), would say otherwise. The duo creates and sells architecture-inspired ice cream sandwiches from food trucks in LA, New York, Dallas, and…

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