By Susan Feniger
Clarkson Potter, $27.50
Cooks with an appetite for adventure will love Susan Feniger’s new book, in which the Los Angeles-based chef, best known from TV and her Border Grill restaurants, celebrates street food from around the globe. A passionate world traveler, Feniger fills the book with stories, snapshots, and a collection of 83 authentic yet approachable recipes that are true to their country of origin (which may mean hunting down unusual ingredients). Each is perfected for the American home cook, with helpful tips and techniques to guide the way. While there’s much novelty to discover here (like Cantonese Radish Cakes and Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup), many dishes, such as Heirloom Tomatoes with Black Garlic and Basil Vinaigrette and Korean Glazed Short Ribs, are truly universal in their appeal.
Uruguay Chivito Steak and Fried Egg Sandwich (page 102) South American cheese steak! This terrific, habitforming sandwich combines the familiar-seared steak, fried egg, provolone, caramelized onions-with a few surprises: fresh cilantro, prosciutto, and a traditional Uruguayan condiment called Golf Salsa (ketchup, mayo, and lime juice).
Ditalini Pasta with Roman Broccoli, White Beans, and Pecorino (page 137) In this classic Roman pasta dish, zesty broccoli rabe, slowly cooked in olive oil, meets creamy, comforting white beans. A squeeze of bright lemon and a sprinkle of salty pecorino bring the flavors into perfect balance.
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