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Just another collection, but I have a bevy of Cocktail Table Books I want to share. In fact, I picked up the original Book Of Tiki at Pottery Barn many many years ago (before my TC experience) because it looked so interesting and had something about the Bali Hai in it. I am drawn to retro topics, decor, cocktails, etc.

Please share your books...I have tons more to share.

This is my favorite book of all time and it is an awesome piece of art and luckily I got the first version with the film strip.

Shaken, not stirred: The ultimate book on all things Bond "Bond, James Bond." Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 23 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades. To celebrate 50 years of this innovative franchise, EON Productions opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation. The result is the most complete account of the making of the series, covering every James Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Skyfall (2012), including the spoof Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983). The stunning imagery is accompanied by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members, relating the true inside story of how the Bond films were made. Containing previously unpublished photography and artwork, as well as production memos from filming, this book is a comprehensive tribute to the legend of James Bond. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history! Made with unrestricted access to the Bond archives, this XL tome recounts the entire history of James Bond in words and pictures Among the 1,100 images are many previously unseen stills, on-set photos, memos, documents, storyboards, posters, and designs, plus unused concepts, and alternative designs Behind-the-scenes stories from the people who were there: producers, directors, actors, screenwriters, production designers, special effects technicians, stuntmen, and other crew members Includes every Bond film ever made, from Dr. No (1962) to Skyfall (2012) James Bond films © 1962–2012 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved. Please note: the first edition, which included a film strip, is no longer in stock.

This is my second favorite book.

"The first axiom for camp is... do not make yourself uncomfortable for want of things to which you are accustomed," advised The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook in 1890 to high-born Brits living in India, most of which England had by that point colonized through a succession of wars, or military "campaigns," throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. This impeccably curated, insightfully narrated, and richly illustrated volume proves that the homesick subjects of the Raj took such advice deeply to heart. It showcases nearly 200 years of furniture designed expressly to approximate all the refinement of a proper British household inside the canvas tents of ranking officers afar, but also to break down and fold up fast for easy, compact transport (hence campaign furniture's other appellation, "knock-down" furniture). Masterfully put together by independent curator Brawer, previously a researcher in the Indian and Southeast Asian departments of London's venerable Victoria and Albert Museum, this handsome volume succeeds on two levels: it amply highlights the stylistic elegance and technical ingenuity of this kind of furniture--a bureau that becomes a bed when its drawers are removed; a lady's bidet that folds into a leather case; or a dining table seating 20 that fits inside a 10-inch-deep box--while putting it (often quite wryly) in the historical context of an expatriate society that sought to re-create Britain wherever it went and had little or no interest in adapting to or learning about the customs or designs of the people it conquered (and essentially enslaved). Throughout, Brawer includes excerpts from a fascinating array of letters, journals, and other documents of the period, and an excellent pictorial directory of the furniture's craftsmen and manufacturers helps make this impressive tome invaluable for collectors, design historians, Anglophiles, and Merchant-Ivory set designers alike.

Well of course The Book of Tiki & Tiki Modern are in the top running for favorite too and looking forward to Sven's next book.

The Book of Tiki is of course our bible for all things Tiki. I bought the original hard cover at Pottery Barn probably when it first came out (I didn't know about all these Tikiphiles then)...and yes I have a back-up copy.

Tiki Modern helped me to embrace Witco (I have the World Wall Map) but that is all I can handle for now. Who knows what the future will bring!!!

There is a thread on Tiki Books, so I will move on, cause you all know this stuff.

The Story of the Coco Palms Hotel by David P. Penhallow is an awesome book. I had the privilege of staying there before its destruction. Sounds like things are finally coming together for a rebuild...you can bet I will be going back!!!

Lyle and Grace Guslander built their hotel empire from
what started out as a 24-room hotel with five employees,
that everyone on the island of Kauai had bet would go
under, especially when they heard that a pretty, blonde
haole from Pennsylvania had arrived on the island to
manage it. Previously, all of the former operators of the
Coco Palm Lodge had failed miserably.
Within a year, Grace Buscher (as she was known in the
fifties) had created one of the most famous destinations
in the world by incorporating the host culture she had
learned from her Hawaiian friends and fusing it with her
own unique creativity and vision. Grace had conjured up
a magical tropical fantasy that people from all over the
world had dreamed they would find in Hawaii, and the
Coco Palms became renowned as one of the first hotels
in Hawaii that actually celebrated Hawaiian culture.
Within a decade, Grace Buscher was named the most
successful hotel manager in the travel industry.
Movies and television shows were filmed at the Coco
Palms Hotel, most famously Blue Hawaii starring Elvis
Presley. Paramount producer Hal Wallis was quoted as
saying that the grounds of the Coco Palms was chosen
for filming because he couldn t find any hotel in the
Hawaiian Islands as authentically Hawaiian or as
romantic as the Coco Palms! The hotel has also seen its
share of dignitaries and celebrities; among them, the
Shah of Iran, Prince and Princess Hitachi of Japan, and
Bing Crosby.
Even after Lyle and Grace had married and had sold
their Island Holidays hotel chain for twenty million
dollars to American Factors in 1969, the Coco Palms
story continued for another two decades. Lyle became a
major force in the hospitality industry, overseeing hotels
for American Factors, and Grace continued to manage
the Coco Palms Hotel until her retirement in 1985.
Tragically, the devastating effects of Hurricane Iniki in
1992 left the Coco Palms Hotel severely damaged. As
the island of Kauai grappled with a recession and a
downturn in tourism in the wake of the hurricane, the
resort was eventually left to decay as repairs and
insurance issues proved too costly. However countless
thousands around the world can still recall a time when
gentle tradewinds blew through hundreds of coconut
trees beside a silvery lagoon; where Hawaiian hospitality
and the true aloha spirit reigned supreme, all because of
Grace Guslander.

You said Cocktail books. This is a good one.

One of my favorites: Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails
by Ted Haigh

On 2014-06-07 02:00, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
One of my favorites: Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails
by Ted Haigh

Please post any good ones that you’ve tried. Me and CeCe luv vintage drinks (French 75, aviation. etc.)

I have that Vintage Cocktail book too. Don't have that one Vic posted.

Atomic Ranch is an in-depth exploration of post-World War II residential architecture in America. Mid-century ranches (1946-1970) range from the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels so common throughout the United States. Authors Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown, founders and publishers of the popular quarterly Atomic Ranch magazine, extol the virtues of the tract, split-level, rambler home and its many unique qualities: private front facades, open floor plans, secluded bedroom wings, walls of glass, and an easy-living lifestyle. From updated homes with high-end Italian kitchens, terrazzo floors, and modern furniture to affordable homeowner renovations with eclectic thrift-store furnishings, Atomic Ranch presents twenty-five homes showcasing inspiring examples of stylish living through beautiful color photographs, including before and after shots, design-tip sidebars, and a thorough resource index.

Atomic Ranch reveals:

Hallmarks of the ranch style

Inspiring original ranch homes

Ranch house transformations and makeovers

Preservation of mid-century neighborhoods

Adding personality to a ranch home

Yards and landscaping

Plus, a helpful resource section and index!

Got Part I & II. They are both amazing.

These two slipcased volumes, written by an art dealer whose specialty is Oceanic art, document the ethnic arts of Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, New Zealand, and New Guinea. Each island group is treated as a separate chapter. The scholarly but readable text is trilingual (English, French, and German) and is lavishly illustrated with maps, vintage tribal photographs, and hundreds of Wipperfurth's stunning photos. Many of the pieces shown are in private collections and therefore not readily available for public viewing. Despite the books' visual appeal and informative text, the absence of an index and the limited glossary presend problems (though sidebars explain some technical terms). Although the books are massive?and a bargain considering their size?most libraries would probably do better with Nicholas Thomas's recently published paperback Oceanic Art (Thames & Hudson, 1995). Recommended only for collections specializing in art or anthropology.Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


On 2014-06-07 23:03, tikitanker2 wrote:

On 2014-06-07 02:00, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
One of my favorites: Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails
by Ted Haigh

Please post any good ones that you’ve tried. Me and CeCe luv vintage drinks (French 75, aviation. etc.)

David, i highly recommend you purchase this book. Probably my most favourite cocktail book out of the dozens i have, alongside those by the Bum and The Fine Art Of Mixing Drinks by David Embury.

Tanks Robbie, I’ll make it a point to get my mitts on a copy.
Glad that you got back down under safely! Btw,I bought one of your awesome pendants from TikiVato, He gave me a great deal on it
My pic does not truly reflect the beauty of the glaze that you applied.
Mahalo very much,
David and CeCe

Nice Thread Vamp! One of my favs is pictured below. It’s on the small side but chock full of pix and ideas. Published in 2006-still readily available I would guess.

Edited to drop one of the zero’s in 20006-oop's

[ Edited by: nui 'umi 'umi 2014-07-11 12:35 ]

On 2014-06-07 23:03, tikitanker2 wrote:

On 2014-06-07 02:00, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
One of my favorites: Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails
by Ted Haigh

Please post any good ones that you’ve tried. Me and CeCe luv vintage drinks (French 75, aviation. etc.)

David, sorry I have not checked Vamps thread in a bit, every drink I have made from the book is good
I recommend getting the book and trying out your favorites.

I had a Cocktail party awhile back & came up with a menu utilizing 10 drinks from the book
all classics like an Aviation, Moscow Mule, Classic Old Fashioned etc.
It went over like Gang Busters!

Tanks, Lance

nui 'umi 'umi...that Bamboo book looks very interesting. I think I have looked at it on line before.

I have a lot of cocktail books so will need to dig through my coffers for some interesting offerings.

In the meantime, here is a wonderful little piece of history about Knott's Berry Farm.
Knott's Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, the History of Knott's Berry Farm

Filled with more than 200 never-before-seen and rare photos/illustrations (both black & white and color), it is a high-quality publication that is written well (Chris Merritt & Eric Lynxwiler) and designed beautifully (by Amy Inouye). The majority of the book tells the story of Knott's Berry Farm while it was run by the family, with a brief chapter at the end about Cedar Fair, the company who currently runs the theme park. There are plenty of behind-the-scenes stories about the creations of some of the classic attractions at Knott's (The Calico Mine Train, Halloween Haunt, Calico Log Ride, and Knott's Bear-y Tales to name a few) as well as the famous Ghost Town. GREAT PICTURES!!!

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