Chef Susan Feniger takes to the streets

McClatchy Tribune News Service Modified: August 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm •  Published: August 15, 2012

“Susan Feniger’s Street Food: Irresistibly Crispy, Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Sticky, Sweet Recipes,“ By Susan Feniger with Kajsa Alger and Liz Lachman

Clarkson Potter, $27.50

What it is:

“My first love has always been food,” writes Susan Feniger in her new book. “My second love: Learning about people and their cultures.” She found both in street food, “usually one family’s recipe handed down and perfected over generations.” An enthusiastic tour guide/kitchen coach is just what you’d expect from Feniger, half of the Too Hot Tamales with Mary Sue Milliken, a team that’s cooked up Border Grills, TV gigs and cookbooks. Feniger’s most recent restaurant is STREET in LA.

Praises and quibbles:

Whether you’re a globe-trotter or limit your expeditions to neighborhoods in search of kimchi and cactus paddles, you’ll enjoy this celebration of food-cart cuisine and “our common language of food.” Beyond her photos and essays on Vietnam, India, Mongolia and Turkey, Feniger offers a spin-the-globe assortment of recipes: Moroccan carrot salad with harissa vinaigrette. Turkish doughnuts with rose-hip jam. Picadillo chili dog with mustard and relish. And a lentils-rice-pasta mix called Egyptian bus stop kushary.

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