Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook - Vintage 1969
Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook was published by restaurateur Victor Bergeron Jr, who founded Polynesian-themed restaurants under his nickname. This cookbook shares food from his travels through the Pacific Islands, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Texas. With 300 recipes in all for island favorites like Pineapple Duck and Tahitian Fish Soup, you'll enjoy this book beyond measure. Additionally there are some cocktail recipes sure to be a hit with guests. Trader Vic's was known for their famous tropical drinks.
Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 287 pages
Copyright: 1968. Book Club Edition
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Author: Trader Vic
Description: "My purpose in writing this book is twofold," says Trader Vic in his Introduction. "First, I want to tell you about the foods I have encountered during my travels the past few years. Second, I want to suggest ways in which you can adapt these recipes to your own use; give you some ideas for making everyday meals festive; tell you how to give successful parties that let you have fun, too.... Some people make cooking a project and take hours to prepare a dish or meal. That's goofy. Most recipes are really just guidelines. The most fun in cooking is improvising and experimenting."
Thus, in his own pungent style, the author states what might be called his recipe for a cookbook and for entertaining -- a recipe that is carefully followed throughout Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook. Anyone who relishes sumptuous, exotic dining and drinking ( the kind exemplified by Trader Vic's famous establishments around the world) will find what he is looking for in these pages.
And all of the 300 recipes require no more than minimum effort to prepare. Here is some of the most delicious fare likely to grace a table, or tempt a lucky guest: Suckling Pig Hawaiian, Tahitian Fish Soup, Curried Lamb Cheeks, Steak au Poivre a la Hongroise, Pineapple Duck, and Baked Bananas with Rum Sauce. In addition the book contains many pages of drink recipes -- the incomparable "tropical" drinks that have earned international acclaim at Trader Vic's restaurants. For those who are curious about the customs and background of the food he introduces, the author has supplied generous introductions and atmosphere-loaded anecdotes. A further attraction is numerous suggestions for party giving and meal-planning.
Condition: Jacket has some tears and creases. Further good condition.
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