Books: ‘Best Kitchens on Wheels’

By Karen Swartz
The Middletown Eye

There’s a lot of buzz lately about food trucks. They’ve been around for over a hundred years, originally as chuck wagons to feed people during westward expansion in the late 1800s, and later as mobile canteens or lunch carts at workplaces beginning in the 1950s. Today, food trucks are popular and trendy, and are a respected outlet for making excellent quality food affordable and accessible. Published this year, Heather Shouse’s book Food Trucks – Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels, contains mouth watering photographs from food trucks scouted out in big cities all over the United States. The book has profiles of multiple acclaimed restaurant chefs who have turned to food trucks later in their career. The trend is not just a big city one, it’s hit smaller cities and towns like Hartford and Middletown just the same.

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