Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018 (Paperback)

Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018 By Martin Lindsay, Sven Kirsten (Foreword By) Cover Image
By Martin Lindsay, Sven Kirsten (Foreword By)
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Beginning in Tijuana during Prohibition, influenced by Hollywood studios, and continuing past its hosting of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet during WWII, San Diego became an incubator for the nation’s obsession with all things Tiki. Hundreds of thousands of people passed through San Diego’s military bases, and many stayed to open up their own personal visions of a Polynesian island paradise. Over 70 nautical, island, Tiki and American-Chinese bars and restaurants are presented in this historical survey, with stories and recipes from the people who made them, hundreds of vintage photos, ephemera and graphic art, many never-before-published.

About the Author

Martin S. Lindsay, AIGA, is an art director, food historian, writer, speaker, and board chair of the Culinary Historians of San Diego. He has contributed to Tim Ferriss' bestseller The 4-Hour Chef, and blogs about history ( and food (, Martin has 40 years of experience in branding and design. His design firm serves the San Diego arts community, foodservice and restaurant industries.

Praise For…

What an absolute treat to hold such a detailed and complete collection of the rich history of San Diego Tiki. Few cities on Earth have been so captivated by the visual beauty of the South Pacific and truly incorporated it in their very DNA. Martin Lindsay's book provides superb historical context, married to a vibrant collection of vintage images. A true love letter to America's Finest Tiki City. —Martin Cate, co-owner, False Idol and co-author of Smuggler s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki

Stories of San Diego s Polynesian dream palaces are finally told and well-illustrated with images and drink recipes in this book which deserves a place on every home Tiki bar and rumpus room coffee table in California and beyond. —Sven Kirsten, author of The Book of Tiki, Tiki Modern, Tiki Pop, and The Art of Tiki
Product Details
ISBN: 9781732816404
Publisher: Classic San Diego Books, an imprint of Thrive
Publication Date: December 5th, 2019
Pages: 226