Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink by Trader Vic ; introduction by Lucius Beebe with watercolour illustrations by Guy Huze and line drawings by William F.M. Kay
New York : Doubleday & Co. 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. 272 pages ; 18 cm. In a tattered $2.50 dust jacket. Gift inscription on flyleaf. No other markings elsewere. Some minor soiling to side pages edge. Binding is firm.
BOOK OF FOOD AND DRINK BY TRADER VIC Introduction by Lucius Beebe
With watercolor illustrations by Guy Huze and line drawings by William F. M. Kay
TRADER VIC'S TRADING POST is one of the notable landmarks across the bay from San Francisco. One of the foremost restaurants in America, it is rich in South Sea atmosphere and Vic authenticates the setting with unusual parties that feature the tastiest in Polynesian food and drink. Now he shares his treasures with you in a book that contains everything to make eating and drinking and partying exotic and exciting.
Vic is the most notable apostle of rum in the country. He probably knows more about rum and what can be done with it than anyone living. But although he favors that elixir, he is not indifferent to other spirits. He has plenty of ideas on Tall Ones, Punches, Cocktails, and Short Hoists; and there is a chapter on The Butterflies, Whips, and Jingles, or what is commonly known as the Hangover.
Vic also reveals his secrets on how to make oriental food not only enchanting but extremely edible. He tells you how to put on an exotic Tahitian feast with far less effort than most hostesses exert. He gives you menus and recipes for succulent South Sea dishes and suggests how you can decorate your room or garden to look like an island paradise. All ingredients and materials recommended by Trader Vic are readily available.
Here is more than a drink manual or cookbook, for Trader Vic gives you a gay blueprint for good living, salted with wit and inimitable comment. As Lucius Beebe says in his introduction, 'Trader Vic's is, however, a great deal more than just an Oakland institution, his influence is as wide as the Pacific and as deep as a Myrtle Bank punch."
TRADER VIC (Victor Bergeron) is a native of San Francisco to which he returns this year with a new Trading Post that will retain the same informality and charm of his Oakland tavern. Though it features South Seas atmosphere and food and drink specialties, the original Trader Vic's is an exclusively mainland establishment with no branches outside the United States.
His extensive travel through the Hawaiian and South Pac islands was the source of his interest in Polynesian food drink. He loves to concoct new dishes and introduce them in his restaurant and at his imaginatively planned parties.
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