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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580085563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085564
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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*Cocktail recipes include the Samoan Fog Cutter, the Tiki Puka Puka, Scorpion, the Kamaiina, and The Original Mai Tai, invented by Trader Vic himself in 1944. *Appetizer recipes include crowd-pleasing pan-Asian small plates and nibbles, like Crispy Prawns, Cha Siu Pork, Ahi Tuna Poke, and Key Lime Chiffon Tartlets. *Throw a rocking tiki party using the decorating, music-selection, bar-stocking, and menu-planning tips found here

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Trader Vic's Tiki Party!: Cocktails & Food to Share with Friends," by Stephen Siegelman, is perfect for retro theme parties.
Bill Marsano
Great reading, provides a good background about the recipes and excellent easy to follow drink recipes and easy to search eBook.
Pablo Perez
Several years ago, I purchased this book when I happened to see it in a bookstore and I have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on December 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book contains "recipes for 100 of the restaurant's best loved tropical cocktails like the Samoan Fog Cutter, Potted Parrot, and of course, The Original Mai Tai, invented by Trader Vic himself in 1944." (summary from Buch Gourmet)
This has some terrific ideas for outdoor parties. Think of having a luau and how much fun it would be. Besides drink recipes, the book has nibbles. How does Crab Rangoon, Cha Siu Pork or Crispy Prawns sound? With this book, you are ready for Polynesian-style entertaining.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Marsano on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
By Bill Marsano. Trader Vic's Tiki Party!: Cocktails & Food to Share with Friends," by Stephen Siegelman, is perfect for retro theme parties. Trader Vic, with his famous rival Don the Beachcomber, ushered in the Tiki Bar Era of American partying, which centered mainly on the 1950s and 1960s (which of these two men actually invented the Mai Tai, signature drink of the epoch, remains in dispute--both claim it.) Those were days of restaurants blanketed with faux-Polynesian decor, when pupu platters were the rage and drinks came in bowls serving four or more and were decorated with paper umbrellas, which folks later learned to call parasols. Relive that glorious and joyously ridiculous time with this collection of tropical cocktails and food recipes for everything from finger food to entrees. The recipes are interesting, mostly pretty easy to make, and generally fun to eat or drink. The photos are very nice but the main appeal is that the recipes are clearly presented and easy to follow.--Bill Marsano is an award-winning writer on wines and spirits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2009
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Since it's rather impossible to go to a Trader Vic's and not be hooked on the Tiki lifestyle, I was sort of expecting that this book would be cheesy and have a few recipes and the like to keep fans happy. Boy was I wrong: Pretty much the entire Trader Vic's drink and appetizer menu is spelled out in here, and it'll keep you in the kitchen experimenting with the menu (and the cocktails, of course.)

The menu is simple enough that even inept people in the kitchen like me thinks that they can handle the menu. The drink menu is simple enough, and it's something you'll want to immediately want to tackle with the Trader Vics Mai Tai Mix, 33.8-Ounce Plastic Bottle (Pack of 2). You really can't go wrong with this book, although the amazing accessories and glassware that goes with the drinks are pricy. Still, if you want to host a tropical party in winter weather, start with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FoodieGoodie on September 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're planning a Luau you NEED this book - decorations, drinks and food - along with the background of "Vic" - his other books won't give you the background of this great guy - whose rum conconctions are still legend today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ko on May 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's clear and wonderful. I had a hard time choosing what I wanted for the party. Great for big parties!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CE-BAR 33 on June 7, 2013
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Growing up my favorite restaurant was called the Lanai and was in San Mateo, CA, an hour or so away from the original Trader Vic's. I feasted on wonderful Chinese BBQ ribs, curries and other interesting fare such as "Soo Soo Chicken." And once I was old enough to drink, exotic cocktails such as a Sidewinders Fang, Bamboo Bomber and Zombies were perfect accompaniments to the food. My last visit was during my bachelor party in 1983, and shortly thereafter we relocated out of state. Many years later, during a business trip, I hoped to re-visit the Lanai, but sadly it had been torn down and replaced by a video rental store......what a terrible waste. I've always missed the wonderful escapism that Tiki cuisine represents, and was delighted to discover this book while perusing Amazon during a slow day at work. Within the pages, you'll find great drink recipes (some I can vouch for already!) and a lot of tasty sounding finger foods as well, though I haven't yet had my first full scale Tiki party yet to try them out. If you've ever been to and enjoyed a Tiki restaurant, I'm sure you'll like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Oberhausen on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are many books out there with a few Tiki cocktail recipes in them but few delve into the culture of Tiki. I'm a closet Tiki drinker with a Hawaiian shirt collection who will host a party in the back yard every once in awhile and this book is my go-to guide. The drink and food recipes here are easy and fun with room for tweaks of your own. There are many guides, how-to's and side notes on techniques and recipes. You can become quite the amateur bartender/cook/host. The cultural references and history inside clear up a lot of myths on what a Tiki drink is and how the one you are typically getting at you local bar and restaurant may not be it. The only thing I have to say that keeps this item from getting a 5-star rating is that it has a little too many references to Trader Vic's Brand products. His bar and restaurants are some of the best out there but I'd stay away from his pre-made mixes in the recipes and just stick to making everything from scratch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. B. on July 3, 2010
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I bought this book for my Dad for Father's Day so he can use it to make drinks for his tiki bar. He was thrilled with the drink and food recipes and really liked the behind the scenes stories for making tiki bars, drinks, and food. Great gift!
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