Street Eats by Battman
There is nothing out there quite like this book. Alan Batt, known to the chefs in this book as Battman, asked over 200 New York City chefs to create their own street food. His only requirement: That they do whatever they wanted. The result is a phenomenal collection of original savory and sweet dishes as imagined and executed by a great group of chefs.
To best capture the essence of each recipe, Battman often took to Manhattan's streets. In one case, he shot a dish over a pothhole, snapping fast to avoid an oncoming cab. For the cover shot, he had to contend with Central Park rangers, who wanted to move Jean-Georges Vongerichten's antique French ice cream cart off the path. Battman wanted all of the chefs to get just the look they were going for, so he helped some recreate the settings of their childhood street food memories and assisted others in fashioning futuristic backgrounds for their dishes.
Battman not only captured the look of the dishes, but the spirit of them too. From page to page, you're taken on a journey around the world and you get a real taste of where these chefs have come from, where they've cooked, and where they imagine their cuisine going. There's an authenticity to the food-not necessarily in the cultural of traditional sense- but in the unfettered creativity. You can feel the fun these chefs had in coming up with their takes on street food.
There's a little heartbreak in this book too. The food looks so good, you want to grab a bite. Right. Now. It's hard to say which of these chefs may add their street food dishes to their menus, so we can only hope...In the meantime, we can follow the fantastic recipes and aim for the perfection on the page.
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