When you’re starting your food truck you’ll need to do as much research as possible.

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just have an idea and cash in hand, if you’d like to have a successful business you better have the most knowledge possible.

While experience and on-the-job learning will be extremely valuable, you really should read these 7 food truck books before going into business. (Of course, you should also read the articles on our site to help you out).

The Food Truck Handbook

The Food Truck Handbook by David Weber is considered one of the founding literature when it comes to food trucks. While it is a bit outdated, now that it’s approaching 10 years since publication, many of the details within it hold true to this day. The Handbook offers step-by-step advice for launching your food truck business. It’s clear, it’s simple, and most importantly it’s actionable. If you only read one food truck book, this should be it.

Running a Food Truck for Dummies

Running a Food Truck for Dummies is part of the popular “For Dummies” series, written by Richard Myrick. The advantage of the “For Dummies” series is that it really breaks everything down to the smallest detail. Unfortunately, this is also its downfall – you can sometimes feel like skipping sections because it’s so broken down. However, on the whole, there is a lot to learn from this book.

The Truck Food Cookbook

Unlike the previous two books, the Truck Food Cookbook is a collection of recipes and interviews from food truck owners around the US. Therefore, this book isn’t going to help you start your food truck in the business sense. However, it will help get some great ideas for your menu, and also pick up some useful information from other food truck owners.

Eat Street (US Edition)

Eat Street by James Cunningham is similar to the Truck Food Cookbook. The recipes in it are easy to follow and each of them has a funny story or anecdote to go along with it. Make sure you’ve got some paper towels close by because this is going to be a messy experience!

New York a la Cart

New York a la Cart is another book that is dedicated to showcasing food trucks. As the name suggests this time in the Big Apple. The book is split into different sections of town and each food truck has a story and their favorite recipe alongside it.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Food Truck Business

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Food Truck Business was written by Alan Philips. Alan started his culinary career at age 16 with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. It’s very handy from the early stages of thinking about a concept to setting up the business, running the day-to-day operations, and eventually ‘popping up’ everywhere and expanding. This comprehensive guide should be kept as a reference to be rechecked after every milestone. There’s something new for every stage of business development.


So there you are, the 6 best food truck books to help you set up your food truck business. Let us know in the comments if you’ve enjoyed them, or if you feel like we should add more to this list.