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I can't believe this hasn't been updated to a newer edition since this one from 1998! It looks like someone messed up using some early layout software like Quark. Somehow every time "FL" and "FI" are used together in a word it's replaced by a hollow bullet point. There's even one page where the text box for the drink name has been replaced by a distorted copy of the same clipart image located later on the page.
My local Tiki bartender did tell me however that the "Remixed" version has better recipes. It still gets 4 stars for the research that went into putting it together, and while it's from 1998 the recommendations for particular brands to fill your bar with are all still relevant.
It's quite difficult to keep a decent physique while reading and experimenting with this book. Be warned. If you enjoy laboring over ingredients and tracking down rums for the love of a tasty cocktail then this book has everything you need to get yourself started. Once you've followed and experimented with these recipes you'll find ordering these drinks at bars and restaurants a true disappointment.
I like that this book is cheap construction and a low price (it's the material of a kid's coloring book), but there are several instances where sentences/paragraphs are completely cut off, never mind that the words are missing letters, probably due to the tiki font. CAN SOMEONE EDIT A PHYSICAL COPY OF THIS BOOK?
Otherwise, I love the book, I love the drinks I've made so far and the information is concise.
Although, I still find rums confusing. I wish Jeff would produce a free download listing exact brands/types of rums and substitutions for a given category. At his restaurant, they use cruzan clear rum for frozen Hemingways so I take that as an endorsement for cruzan as a clear Puerto Rican or cuban...except it's made in St Croix :-|
Tough to review this. The content is fantastic! Its an excellent guide. But... geez the printer that did this simply just does not care about writing a solid book. There's a ton of errors, typos that are sometimes near impossible to decipher, sentences that get cut off of the bottom of the page (completely missing). If it weren't for the poor print quality/cut off content, this would easily be a 5 star book.
This is a great collection of cocktails, but the execution, and copyediting, is a bit messy. There's circles where letters should be, images over text, and other oddities that seem like they could have been easy fixed by having someone read through it for errors. Still worth having, though!