Street Food around the World
An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
by Bruce Kraig and Colleen Taylor Sen, Editors
September 2013, 504pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-954-7
$110, £85, 96€, A151
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Simple street foods like hot dogs, tacos, and dumplings hold worldwide appeal.

In this encyclopedia, two experienced world travelers and numerous contributors provide a fascinating worldwide survey of street foods and recipes to document the importance of casual cuisine to every culture, covering everything from dumplings to hot dogs and kebabs to tacos.

Street foods run deep throughout human history and show the movements of peoples and their foods across the globe. For example, mandoo, manti, momo, and bāozi: all of these types of dumplings originated in Central Asia and spread across the Old World beginning in the 12th century. This encyclopedia surveys common street foods in about 100 countries and regions of the world, clearly depicting how “fast foods of the common people” fit into a country or a region’s environments, cultural history, and economy. The entries provide engaging information about specific foods as well as coverage of vendor and food stall culture and issues. An appendix of recipes allows for hands-on learning and provides opportunities for readers to taste international street foods at home.


  • Presents an international survey of street foods in representative countries and regions that includes interesting facts and recipe to illustrate many of them
  • Supplies the historical and environmental background of the country's street food
  • Includes sidebars with fun facts and statistics about street foods
  • Provides highly useful information for students studying geography and for travelers
Bruce Kraig, PhD, is emeritus professor of history at Roosevelt University. His published works include contributions to ABC-CLIO's Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries. He is associate editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and coauthor of Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America. Kraig has made a series of programs on worldwide food cultures for PBS. He holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Colleen Taylor Sen, PhD, is a food historian and writer specializing in the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Travel + Leisure, Food Arts, and other popular publications, as well as the proceedings of the Oxford Food Symposium. Her published works include Food Culture in India; Curry: A Global History; and Pakoras, Paneer, Pappadums: A Guide to Indian Restaurant Menus. Sen holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from Columbia University, all in Slavic languages and literatures.


Street Food—Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, May 20, 2014


"Street Food around the World contains a wealth of inspiration for chefs wanting to incorporate these dishes into menus. It could also be useful for food entrepreneurs."—Reference Reviews, May 1, 2014

"This interesting reference title will whet readers' appetite for these foods. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic and public libraries; lower- and upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers."—Choice, February 28, 2014

"A solid overview of street food worldwide for travelers and researchers."—Library Journal, December 1, 2013

"This book should be of interest to anyone traveling internationally or wanting to experience how the natives obtain a great portion of their food."—ARBA, December 1, 2013
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