Born out of his Filipino roots and a lifelong obsession with American fast food, Dale Talde's "proudly inauthentic" approach means we get to enjoy creations like Buttered-Toast Ramen and Kung Pao Chicken Wings. In his first book, Talde shares dishes from his mini Brooklyn restaurant empire, including Pretzel Pork-and-Chive Dumplings, as well as his thoughts on MSG, bodegas and, yes, authenticity.

Price: $32