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Trader Vic's Tiki Party!: Cocktails and Food to Share with Friends Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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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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It's nice to find that (at least so far) this is not a problem with the Trader Vic'd Tiki Party book. I've tried several recipes and they are all excellent. As another review pointed out, the onion marmalade recipe lacks directions on how to prepare the onions (I think you could chop or slice them), but that really isn't too big an error. If you are interested, these are the recipes tried so far:
Chicken Curry--excellent (be sure to do the condiments! My daughters particularly liked the bananas.)
Jalepeno Cheese Balls--frying always makes me a little nervous, but oh my these were good)
Savoury Dipping Sauce--Tasty
Wasabi Remoulade--Superb! (I used store bought crab cakes)
Hawaiian Pork--Really good (had trouble rolling them, so just served in slices topped by:)
Onion Marmalade--delicious (I suggest thinly slicing the onions)
Peanut Dipping Sauce--Very Good (used it with vegetables; note it is not sweet)
Mai Tai--I'm not an expert tropical drinks guy, but it tastes great to me!!
So, so far so good with this one. When I read the reviews, it seemed a lot of people had read and enjoyed the book--and it is a very enjoyable read--but had not tried the recipes. I have tried a few and am very pleased! Note there are dozens of drink recipes also, along with many, many tips on how to throw a fun tiki party. I've found the suggestions really inspiring.
One little negative note: there is a good deal of pushing Trader Vic's products, which I find a little exasperating. It simply might be the nature of a cookbook like this. In the end it's a pretty minor quibble.
There are great images and plenty of back story to make this book a lot of fun for those who love a cocktail of an evening
The food recipes fall at the end of the book, but don't expect to throw a full luau off them. And that's as it should be too - luaus are Hawaiian, while the Tiki culture of the 1950s was a Los Angeles based celebration of all things Polynesian. Therefore, the food presented here are the tidbits and bites that Trader Vic deemed best for being served with his often-strong cocktails.
This book is well-written and deftly compiled, sticking to its core strength of offering up one great recipe after another, many beautifully photographed and all presented in a manner easy to follow for most home cooks. They mix in just the right amount of historical footnotes to keep the book interesting, resulting in a must-have item for anyone who might want to someday mix a drink deserving of a little paper umbrella.
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