“Blending African, European, and indigenous American traditions, Gonzales (a chef and artist known for pop-up events and his Ride or Fry food truck) creates extreme dishes that defy categorization. His Credit Crunch Fried Chicken is marinated and battered in over a dozen ingredients, including lemon zest, potato starch, beer, and Sriracha hot sauce. Other recipes (e.g., Island Smothered Tofu, Root Up! Slaw, Orange Coconilla Pie) are similarly extravagant and, as Gonzalez notes, best for special occasions and celebrations. VERDICT A bold cookbook for the reader who likes creative spice blends and abundant vegan options.” --Library Journal
About the Author
Dante Gonzales is a filmmaker, chef, and party promoter whose mission is to infuse everything he does with his signature fusion approach to cuisine. Dante's food is always the centerpiece of his parties, which combine his unique culinary voice with the vibrant music and art scenes of New York, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin.
Dante was raised in his grandmother's kitchen, learning the recipes she once served to jazz royalty. Her eclectic fare was prepared using whole, natural, and fresh ingredients. When money was scarce, she found alternatives to traditional ingredients; for example, in the absence of fresh flour, Grandma Jean would stretch her breading mix with ground oats and leftover crumbs (of many varieties!). Dante has spent the last ten years perfecting this heirloom cuisine while curating scene-defining live events around the globe. As a result, he has a massive online presence, and he and his food are frequently featured in print and on TV.
Today, the growing popularity of Dante Fried Chicken's food ventures, video blogs, and parties has translated into the breakout success of his international culinary career. His food truck, Ride or Fry, was featured on the Cooking Channel's hit show Foodography, and received notable critical acclaim with features in New York Magazine, Eater.com, and NY and LA Grubstreet, among others. In 2011, Ride or Fry won the coveted Best Food Truck in LA from Thrillist.com. Dante lives, cooks it up, and makes the scene in Los Angeles.