Roadtrippin’ through the motherland

20 Jul

In a few short days, I will begin a journey that can be attributed largely to extraordinarily good luck, and credited at least partially to a lifelong fascination with eating.

Thanks to my Southern roots, my always-raging appetite, and the encouragement of a wonderful editor, I am writing a book. Yup! The Southern Food Truck Cookbook (working title) will be published in 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

So, why a road trip?

On Sunday, I will throw a bag into the trunk of my car and head north out of Tennessee and up into Kentucky. From there, I’ll spend three weeks eating my my way across the Southeast’s food truck landscape (there are hundreds of food trucks all over the South, didn’t you know? Hundreds). After I’ve had my fill in Kentucky, I’ll trek east to Virginia, until I run nearly headlong into the Atlantic Ocean. From there, I’ll venture down into the lovely Carolinas, and I’ll keep on movin’ southward into the deep South– Georgia, Alabama and on into the Louisiana low-country. Then, I’ll travel on up to Arkansas and back east to my native Tennessee. Roughly 16 cities later, I will have eaten at dozens of food trucks, yet will very likely wish I could have covered even more ground.

I hope you’ll come along as I spend the next few weeks consuming a buffet of BBQ, tacos, crepes, dumplings, fried chicken, pupusas, skewered meats, waffles, wood-fired pizzas, jambalaya, gyros, farm fresh salads, vegan confections, deep-fried samosas, and so so so much more. Oh, that list could go on and on and on. There are very few corners of the globe that aren’t represented by a food truck somewhere in the South– somewhat ironic for a region that is not generally celebrated for its diversity!

I should stop here, for anyone who still might be scratching their head, wondering, “What the heck is a food truck? You mean a hot dog cart?” Well, yes and no. Go here for a (very) general idea of the greatness that is mobile dining. Yes, Wikipedia… general indeed.) Food trucks were initially popular in places such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Portland. But, in the past five years, blessedly, the concept has spread inward from the coasts and taken root– in places such as Little Rock, Chattanooga, and Baton Rouge.

Still have no idea what I’m saying? Here a few examples of Southern food trucks with the right idea:

Part road guide, part cookbook, part travelogue, this project puts me squarely at the intersection of the three things that make me the happiest: travel, food, and the South.

So, let’s get going! Do you eat at food trucks? Tell me your favorites. Never eaten at a food truck? Maybe I can change that.

It’s time for some Southern food truckin’, and I’d love it if you joined me!

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2 Responses to “Roadtrippin’ through the motherland”

  1. Matt July 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this amazing cookbook!

    • hjd18 July 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      Perhaps I can hook you up with a signed copy at some point?

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