Mid Christmas Blizzard '10, Blondie texts Brownie: "I want street meat tacos. Oh, lightbulb! Street Meat Cookbook!" Brownie texts back: "That is awesome. We're doing it!"
And an idea was born. For the past year (basically) we've been working on a book proposal chronicling New York City's current street food scene. It's hard to imagine, but there's no book just about NYC's street food, and there's definitely no book about the vendors complete with recipes. We want to change that. Of course, we've been tight-lipped about what we've been up to (a few VIPs knew like Zach from Midtown Lunch, the Street Vendor Project, and of course the vendors we've contacted), but yesterday the news broke on none other than Eater NY. To celebrate, I had the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchcrete at the Upper East Side Shake Shack.
We hope to have a book telling the vendors stories, has delicious recipes that anyone can make, opens the eyes of some non-street meat eaters, gives tourists new guides and maps, includes a few celebrities, and just an all-around super awesome book that everyone and their mother will want. We've already got some pretty big name trucks and carts already on board, so it looks promising! Of course, more information is to come. And we're not the only ones getting into the book game lately, our friends over at Four & Twenty Blackbirds and Nachos NY *both* got book deals too! It's all so exciting!
Also, that Crunchcrete was fabulous. Nice crunch toffee chunks, chocolate sprinkles that add nothing but childhood joy, and sticky peanut butter topping--can't beat it! I'm a sucker for anything chocolate and peanut butter, and this just might be my most favorite concrete. Of course, there wasn't enough add-ins for me--there never are--but enough that I had pieces until through about 3/4 of the cup.