Cook the Book: 'Food Trucks'

20110509-150533-food-trucks-cookbook.jpgStreet food is, of course, nothing new. Before celebrity chefs started launching glitzy trucks over the last few years, there were roach coaches, lunch trucks, and loncherias serving up quick, inexpensive onsite grub. Heather Shouse spent the majority of 2010 traveling the country to compile Food Trucks, a coast-to-coast survey of the best kitchens on wheels.

Organized by region and full of inspiring start-up stories, Food Trucks doesn't ignore the stalwart old-timers who went mobile before food trucks fell into fashion —think Honolulu's Haili's, which has been serving tuna poke since the 1950s and Philadelphia's Magic Carpet that's been dishing up vegetarian Middle Eastern fare since the 1970s.

Regardless of whether you prefer new-school street food or the old guard, Food Trucks has plenty of recipes to help you recreate these mobile meals at home. For anyone who hasn't made pilgrimages to food truck meccas like Portland and Austin, this week we'll be sharing a selection of their greatest hits including Street Food Profile favorites East Side Kings' Thai Chicken Karaage, arepas from the famous Arepa Lady of Queens, and French Toast with Apples and Bacon Beer Brats courtesy of the Chef Shack of Minneapolis.

Win 'Food Trucks'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Ten Speed, we are giving away five (5) copies of Food Trucks this week. All you have to do is tell us about about your most memorable food truck meal in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.