“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.