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Name:  Daniel Mark Epstein  

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Born: in Cleveland, Ohio

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Teitelbaum has lived in Chicago since 1993, and teaches at a Chicago College.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Teitelbaum travels the world, researches 1920s to 1960s pop culture, makes photos, watches films, studies art history and architecture, writes music (as Left Orbit Temple), works in the music industry as a recording engineer, teaches sound engineering at a Chicago college, and writes extensively on all of these topics.His books are Tiki Road Trip (Santa Monica Press, 2003; 2nd ed., 2007), Big Stone Head (Tydirium Multimedia, 2009), and Destination: Cocktails (Santa Monica Press, 2012). James has also written for Playboy, American Heritage, Film Threat, Tiki Magazine, Road Trip America, Alternative Press, and many other publications.James lives in Chicago but is usually somewhere else - such as Easter Island, which he has visited twice.


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Titles At Your Library

Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America
ISBN: 1595800190

Santa Monica Press. 2007

The 2nd edition of Tiki Road Trip has been completely updated, expanded, and globalized. The best—and only—guide to Polynesian pop culture, written by Tiki expert and urban archaeologist James Teitelbaum, now contains even more listings and reviews of Tiki bars and Polynesian restaurants, even more photographs, and even more drink recipes. The International listings have been expanded as well, and the Hawaiian glossary is much more comprehensive. All in all, the second edition of Tiki Road Trip is a superior refinement of what was already an indispensable book for followers of the ever-growing Tiki movement.

From Tiki godfathers Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic to classic Exotica favorites Martin Denny and Les Baxter to contemporary Tiki artists Shag and Bosko, this resource covers everything Tiki in prose that is witty, entertaining, and essential for anyone who has ever stepped up to a bar, glanced up at the pufferfish hanging from the ceiling, and ordered a Singapore Sling.

In addition to the exhaustive listings, recipes for classic Tiki cocktails, a glossary of Tiki terms, and resources for buying Tiki goods and artifacts are also included. Reminiscences of famous points of interest that have closed are provided for the completist, for historical perspective, and for those seeking information on the current status of a favorite Tiki site which may have closed.

So slip on your grass skirt or Aloha shirt, because Tiki Road Trip is going to take you on a tour of the Tiki universe that will make waves from the shores of Rapa Nui to the beaches of Oahu!

Destination: Cocktails: The Traveler's Guide to Superior Libations
ISBN: 1595800727

Santa Monica Press. 2012

Featuring hundreds of cocktail bars in dozens of cities across the United States and around the world, Destination: Cocktails is the traveler’s guide to the craft cocktail movement. From New York to Los Angeles and London to Tokyo, this book is the ultimate reference to a network of fantastic bars providing their customers with only the best in gourmet beverages. Destination: Cocktails explores a variety of venues, and features urban lounges, dive bars, and five-star hotels alike. Some locations are brand new, and some have been serving drinks since the 19th century. What do they have in common? They all make quality cocktails, crafted with care, using only the best ingredients. For a bar to be included in this distinguished guide, all that mattered was what was in the glass. With drink reviews, insightful interviews with the proprietors and mixologists, fascinating historical trivia, and a bonus recipe section, Destination: Cocktails is an unrivaled reference book for the craft cocktail enthusiast. Your ultimate cocktail crawl begins here and now—don’t forget to send us a postcard!


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