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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; First Edition edition (May 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580084052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580084055
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Listed as a “pick of the week” right alongside $300 designer handbags: “The most fun bar accessory this side of Polynesian hotel cocktail stirrers. . . . The ultimate party guide, with scrumptious, drinks, sizzling appetizers. . . . Will make you jump up and say, Aloha!” —Hamptons magazine“Tiki is tacky. Tiki is thatchy. Tiki is torchy. Tiki is back.” —Newark Star-Ledger“For sheer stocking-stuffer whimsy, you can't beat the slender, hip-shaking volume.” —USA Today

About the Author

JENNIFER TRAINER THOMPSON is the author of the best-selling Beyond Einstein, as well as seven cookbooks. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she and her young family are developing family traditions of their own.

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What's been sitting in the back of your fridge for more than a year?  Armageddon Hot Sauce. It’s made by a former Navy Sea Dog who runs a bar in the Adirondacks that you can only get to by snowmobile in the winter. He marinates chicken wings in this incendiary sauce, and if you can eat a dozen, you get your name on his “Wall of Flame” next to his live tarantula. (I have not succeeded.) Are you "six degrees of separation" away from anyone famous?  Well, my father’s name is Harry Potter Trainer. My kids think it’s pretty cool, and a Boston radio station once reported that Harry Potter was alive and well living in the Bay State. Last year he had stickers made up that say “Harry Potter was here” and leaves them all around – on the examining table at the doctor’s office, on the underside of the toilet seat in my kids’ bathroom, and so on. What was your first job?  My first real job was supposed to be at the U.N., editing a new magazine about the African kingdom of Lesotho. The night before I was to start my job, I got a call that the king had been deposed and the job was off. I already had my car packed, so I moved down to New York anyway, found an apartment in the East Village, and got a job working as a lowly editor’s assistant at Simon & Schuster. I got fired after six months, and my boss told me I should be writing instead – best advice I ever got, and I signed my first book contract several months later.Where were you when you found out your first book would be published? I was in my apartment in the East Village, which had been abandoned by the owner (we tenants were just starting to figure that out because we’d gone over a month with no hot water or heat and the landlord was unresponsive - he was in Hawaii, avoiding city authorities and a jail sentence). It was very cold in the apartment, and I was all bundled up; I remember I was wearing gloves and making myself tea, when I got a call from Carol Houck Smith at W.W. Norton. It was like getting a call from God. She remains a friend to this day. Do you have pets?It’s a joint family effort, led mostly by my nine-year-old son. He has a pet gecko and we also have 5 chickens. We live in a really small town — last year when some dogs crashed through the chicken fencing, our neighbor (thankfully) called the dog officer, who called the chief of police. When the chief of police couldn’t find me, he called my husband’s office and told his secretary to get him out of an important meeting – it was a “chicken emergency.” The girls, as we call them, are good layers, providing us with eggs and atmosphere daily.

More About the Author

Jennifer Trainer Thompson was born in Boston, Massachusetts. A tenth-generation Yankee, she grew up in Boston, Maine, Indiana, and Southeastern Massachusetts. She attended Earlham College and graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Tufts University. After a stint helping to deliver sailboats from Mount Desert Island (Maine) to the British Virgin Islands, she moved to New York and became an editor's assistant at Simon & Schuster. Her boss fired her (a good thing) and encouraged her to write; she landed her first book contract at age 23 and co-authored NUCLEAR POWER: BOTH SIDES with physicist Michio Kaku. Jennifer and Michio teamed up for a second book, BEYOND EINSTEIN, which has been translated into a dozen languages. She writes about what interests her, which has led her down the path of the unified field theory, beer, hot sauces, travel, traditions, contemporary art, and chickens. She lives in the Berkshires. Find her at http://jumpupandkiss.me/




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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Great Tiki Drink Book is an excellent introduction into the drinks that were spawned from the tiki culture. The book starts off with an introduction to the tiki culture tracing its roots from Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic in the late 1930's to the present day tiki revival. The drink recipes are easy to follow and there are handy footnotes on where to find certain unusual ingredients that are part of the recipes. The book also contains tiki inspired food recipes that will help you create your very own tiki party.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Slatt on March 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I first received the Great Tiki Drink Book as a present, I was quite happy. The recipes were good and had a lot of variety. But as I used it I noticed the lack of attention to detail. Trying to follow along with a recipe is an exercise in frustration because the book isn't spiral bound so it won't lie flat and stay open to a particular page; the appendix make some attempt at helping you find certain ingredients, but doesn't do a very good job. I've since acquired several more Tiki Drink books and would recommend the Beachbum Berry books as superior to this one. The recipes are better researched and the form factor is much more conducive to trying out a new recipe while standing at the bar with liquor bottles in your hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patty on February 26, 2004
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Great little book to have around. Not only does it have great recipes, but tips and trivia to go along with them. The appetizer section is to die for and you have resources for everything. Great for novice on up. This is one I will keep close at hand.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle B. Braverman on July 9, 2002
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You can be the first in YOUR neighborhood to jump on the Tiki revival with this mouthwatering slim-jim book packed with delicious sounding (and looking) Tiki drinks and nibbly go-withs. The beauty of the recipes is that they are somewhat adapted to modern taste-- not too sweet and using ingredients (like lemongrass) that our Tiki forbears probably never heard of. There are recipes for quick sour mixes, an easy and inteteresting rum glossary, tiki lore (answers just what IS tiki anyways?), great graphics and photos. Also an excellent source list for All Things Tiki. The book is fun without being condescending. Well worth the affordable ticket.
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This is one of the better tiki drink books. Has great recipes and lots of retro illustrations of tiki mugs and tiki culture. I knew it would be good because Ten Speed Press has great books and this one lives up to their standard. I am very happy with this book.
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