You don’t even have to leave your kitchen to get inspired by Latin, Asian and Regional American flavors. Just page through these three new cookbooks.
Richard Sandoval’s New Latin Flavors (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $29.95, hardcover)
Chef Richard Sandoval brings together his background growing up in Mexico City, his experience at his flagship restaurant, Maya, in New York City, and his interest in pan-Latin cuisines with the 125-plus dishes in his cookbook. Chef Sandoval also offers cocktail recipes featuring Latin spirits to complement the food.
Dumplings All Day Wong by Lee Anne Wong (Page Street Publishing, $22.99, softcover)
Celebrity chef and TV personality Lee Anne Wong raises Asian-style dumplings to a new level, with step-by-step photos, easy instructions and inspiring tips for featuring potstickers, gyoza, wontons, soup dumplings and more. Starting with the dough types and colorful variations (including orange carrot dough, purple red cabbage dough, red bell pepper dough and gold turmeric dough), Wong’s recipes move right through the menu categories. She includes various cooking methods, and numerous fillings. You’ll find dumplings for soups, salads, appetizers and desserts like white chocolate wasabi pretzel dumplings.
Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook by Kim Pham and Philip Shen with Terri Phillips (Page Street Publishing, $21.99, softcover)
If you could make the trip yourself, you probably would, but this book allows you to explore the country’s food truck culture from your home location. You’ll find more than 100 recipes from food trucks across the U.S. Examples include Oxtail Mac n’ Cheese from Flat Iron in L.A., Roasted Roots Salad from The Moral Omnivore in Minneapolis, and Rosemary Olive Oil Blood Orange Cake from La Bella Torte, NYC. Recipes are all accompanied by photos, quotes and stories from the street food vendors who created them.