Food Truck Reading List

As the food truck culture further expands into the world of books, we will endeavour to bring to you some of our picks for the best in food truck literature. Found your own favorite food truck book? Send us a note and we may feature it next time! Happy reading everyone.

This week’s picks come to you from Los Angeles food truck company, Roadstoves.

truck food cookbookThe Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels

It’s the best of street food: bold, delicious, surprising, over-the-top goodness to eat on the run. And the best part is now you can make it at home. Obsessively researched by food authority John T. Edge, The Truck Food Cookbook delivers 150 recipes from America’s best restaurants on wheels, from L.A. and New York to the truck food scenes in Portland, Austin, Minneapolis, and more.

Roy Choi BookL.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food

Los Angeles: A patchwork megalopolis defined by its unlikely cultural collisions; the city that raised and shaped Roy Choi, the boundary-breaking chef who decided to leave behind fine dining to feed the city he loved—and, with the creation of the Korean taco, reinvented street food along the way.

Abounding with both the food and the stories that gave rise to Choi’s inspired cooking, L.A. Son takes us through the neighborhoods and streets most tourists never see, from the hidden casinos where gamblers slurp fragrant bowls of pho to Downtown’s Jewelry District, where a ten-year-old Choi wolfed down Jewish deli classics between diamond deliveries; from the kitchen of his parents’ Korean restaurant and his mother’s pungent kimchi to the boulevards of East L.A. and the best taquerias in the country, to, at last, the curbside view from one of his emblematic Kogi taco trucks, where people from all walks of life line up for a revolutionary meal.

Coolhaus BookCoolhaus Ice Cream Book: Custom-Built Sandwiches with Crazy-Good Combos of Cookies, Ice Creams, Gelatos, and Sorbets

From a beat-up postal van turned food truck, Coolhaus has rocketed to a national brand. Yahoo! called it “the best ice cream in America.” The inventive sandwiches, named after famous architects, are sold in supermarkets across the country, as well as from trucks in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and Dallas. Coolhaus has drawn accolades from the New York Times, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Time, and Good Morning America, to name a few, and from such celebrities as Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, and Alex Guarnaschelli.

Now the owners part with the recipes for their coolest creations, like the BuckMINTster Fuller (Dirty Mint Chip Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookies) and the Frank Behry (Strawberry Gelato with Snickerdoodles). Daring flavors range from classic (Cookies and Sweet Cream), to boozy (Bourbon Manhattan), to vegan (Lychee Martini), and even savory (Fried Chicken and Waffle).

cart for a cause bookCart For A Cause Cookbook

Containing amazing recipes from L.A.’s Top Chefs. Proceeds Benefiting St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

On-going charitable food truck raises money to provide meals to homebound seniors and below poverty families. We provide the turn-key solution and facilitate guest chefs from premier Los Angeles restaurants to donate food and staff each week. Participants include Nobu, Comme Ca, The Little Door, Animal, The Foundry, Dominick’s, along with corporate sponsors Lexis, Fiji, and POM. Its overwhelming success led to a COOK BOOK

This article is brought to you by RoadStoves.com, providing food trucks for sale and rent, as well as sales support, consultation, and advertising solutions to food truck owners and operators.

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Guide to Renting Food Trucks for Beginners

Whether you are renting a truck for a promotional event or you’ve decided that it is the most economical way to get up and running with your food truck business, there are a few things to keep in mind when you conduct your search for your food truck.

Licenses and Permits

One of the perks of renting a food truck is that truck owners will likely have obtained whatever permits or licences are required for operation. However, these permits are not universal so it is important to ensure you are renting a food truck licensed in the area in which you plan to open for business. Obtaining these documents on your own can be time-consuming and expensive. Websites like foodtruckrental.com include these details on rental listings and allow you to search trucks in your target area.

Equipment

While a food truck for rent will have already been constructed for the industry, there may be additional work to configure things for your business. Know what you require before you start your search so you can find a truck that is closest to your goal. It will cut down on construction costs and make negotiating changes with the owner much easier. Again, foodtruckrental.com is a great resource for renters with specific needs.

Condition

The every day wear and tear of the truck is not the responsibility of the renter but you want to make sure it is in good working order before you invest in startup costs. Ask questions. A good renter can prove ongoing repairs and upkeep of the vehicle.

Branding

Food trucks are known for their unique concepts and attractive designs. That’s probably why you wanted a food truck in the first place. Keep in mind that those colorful vinyl wraps can cost a few thousand dollars. Your budget may not allow for a change of truck for some time so make sure you have the truck you need before you invest in a flashy wrap.

Other Perks of Renting Food Trucks

The renter of your truck can be a great resource. Your relationship is win-win: you succeeding means more rental income. So make friends. They can likely set you up with a commissary, give you advice on cutting costs or profitable locations to try.

And if it all seems too much to handle, contact www.roadstoves.com for a more guided approach to getting started in the industry.