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Trader Vic's Tiki Partyby Steve Siegelman
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The tiki volcano is erupting all over again, and now Trader Vics, the legendary purveyor of Polynesian food, drinks, and fantasy, wants to help us bring it all home. Step behind the bar and into the kitchen at Trader Vics and learn how to create the kind of tiki magic that made the Trader famous. Its all here: recipes for 95 of the restaurants best-loved tropical cocktails and after-dinner drinks along with more than 35 party-friendly recipes for pupus, tidbits, finger food, entrées, and desserts—all adapted from the past and present menus of Trader Vics. Dozens of tips and ideas for inexpensive, easy tiki decorating and entertaining at home are included, as is a guide to the basics of bartending equipment and techniques. Whether its a blowout tiki party for friends or a spontaneous occasion to dust off the shaker, this book brings favorite concoctions from Trader Vics into your home.
"Everything old is new again in this purposefully tacky cookbook based on the food served at the 67-year-old Polynesian chain restaurant. Siegelman gives a little history of the establishment — Trader Vic (aka Victor Jules Bergeron) began with a tiny beer shack on a dicey corner in Oakland, Calif., and went on to invent the mai tai and build what became a $50-million empire of company-owned and franchised restaurants — and then it's party time. Siegelman (Firehouse Food) covers pretty much everything readers need to know to throw a swingin' shindig in the tropical paradise of their own living rooms. Tips on setting the mood — 'dim the lights,' 'decorate the guests,' add 'tiki touches' like grass skirting for tables — precede the book's biggest section, which covers food and drink. Every major tropical beverage (alcoholic and non-) is here — daiquiris, mai tais, punches, etc. — and Siegelman gives a snappy introduction to each, interspersing the cocktail recipes with quotes from Vic himself (on the mai tai: 'Anybody who says I didn't create this drink is a dirty rotten stinker'). Ninety-five drinks later, a chapter on food appears, with suggestions for 35 pupu platter dishes, finger foods, salads, buffet-style entrees and desserts (some of which call for Trader Vic's bottled sauces). While there are certainly more high-end books on entertaining Polynesian-style available, none beats this one's authentic kitsch." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An entertaining guide from Trader Vic's restaurant that includes their best-loved tropical cocktails, party-friendly recipes, and tips and ideas for inexpensive, easy tiki parties.
About the Author
STEVE SIEGELMAN has written or contributed to 14 cookbooks, including Firehouse Food. His television writing credits include Mexico One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, Mario Eats Italy with Mario Batali, and Yan Can Cook with Martin Yan. Steve lives, works, and eats in Berkeley, California.
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