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Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
by Martin Cate
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.85
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars or even better, proves that there has to be no gap ..., June 8, 2016
This book goes far beyond being a cocktail book, or the history of a single bar. It effortlessly bridges the gap, or even better, proves that there has to be no gap at all between mid-century American Tiki culture and its re-appreciation in the 21st Century. Like no other publication before, it demonstrates that Tiki Pop is alive and well today.
The eye candy of elaborate Tiki environments, the joy of their inhabitants, and the ambrosial nature of their libations are as seductively presented as humanly possible, creating a spontaneous need to partake in such merriment.
All this is backed up by thoughtful writing and insightful information that is bound to convert a new generation to the cult of Tiki. Behold, imbibe, and live Tiki like it should be lived.


Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens
Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens
by Wendy Grossman
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine contribution to a fascinating subject, September 24, 2010
This book is more proof that there is a current Zeitgeist which wants to shed more light on the relationship between "primitive" art and the moderns, a phenomenon that had been forgotten and marginalized for too long. It is difficult to assess today what an impact the native arts of Africa and Oceania had on artists in the early 20th Century, and how and why they could use these esthetic concepts as inspiration and as subversive tools to rock the Status Quo, but this book admirably enlightens and broadens the view on this important step in the evolution of modern art.


Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great "Lost" Tropical Drink Recipes... and the People Behind Them
Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great "Lost" Tropical Drink Recipes... and the People Behind Them
by Jeff Berry
Edition: Paperback
Price: $29.95
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tiki joy to behold, July 22, 2007
With its stellar research, witty writing style and juicy imagery this Tiki tome is really a treat way beyond the drink recipes in it. It recaptures the history of Polynesian pop as viewed through a cocktail glass, with a wealth of deep information and never before seen visual material. By meeting the makers and shakers of many fine but forgotten cocktail creations, the mixing and imbibing of these potent potions will allow you to taste history, and picture yourself lounging in the long gone Polynesian palaces depicted in this book. A gem.


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