Classic & Kitschy Festivities and Fun Party Recipes

By Charles Phoenix

September 2019

Hardcover | $29.95
ISBN 978-1-945551-35-2
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ALSO BY CHARLES PHOENIX

Addicted to Americana
Hardcover ISBN 978-1-945551-19-2

Events

Wednesday, October 30, 7pm – 9pm
LA Breakfast Club
3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Book Signing 

Saturday, November 2, 12pm
Disneyland Hotel
1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802
Book Signing 

Saturday, November 16, 1pm – 3pm
Just Fabulous
515 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Book Signing
Saturday, November 30, 11am
Long Beach
2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Live Slide Show Performance
Sunday, December 1, 11am – 2pm 
Walt’s Barn
5202 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 20027
Book Signing 
Saturday, December 7, 2pm
Palmdale Playhouse
38334 10th St E, Palmdale, CA 93550
Live Slide Show Performance 
Sunday, December 8, 12pm – 3pm
Valley Relics Museum
7900 Balboa Blvd, Stagg St, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Book Signing 
Tuesday, December 10, 7pm – 8:30pm
Vroman’s
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
Book Signing 
Saturday, December 14, 5pm – 8pm
Mid Century Super Club
2305 Alameda Ave, Alameda, California 94501
Book Signing 

Visit Charles Phoenix’s website for a full list of his events!

Celebrate America’s favorite seasonal traditions like never before!

Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix mixes and mingles spectacular vintage Kodachrome slides of New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with his eye-popping, original recipes for epic edible centerpieces and party pleasers from his colorful Test Kitchen—including his legendary Cherpumple creation. Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired and your holiday spirit to soar!

Here’s a swell video about Charles Phoenix’s previous book, Addicted to Americana:

Praise for Addicted to Americana

“A colorful look at advertisements, signage, cars and restaurants that defined American life in the 1950s and 1960s.”
Parade magazine

“It looks amazing!… Charles is also on a book signing and comedy slide show tour.. If you’ve never seen him perform, please do yourself a favor and get thee to one of his shows. They are a hoot.”
BoingBoing

“Phoenix combines his love of America’s midcentury pop culture explosion with his massive collection of cast-off Kodachrome slides into a book that is part guide to wacky sites, part travelogue on his search for more great spots, and part history book on everything from statues of Paul Bunyan to themed drive-in theaters to the Trailblazer monorail car… Definitely a guilty pleasure.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Phoenix fills Addicted to Americana to overflowing with ravishing images of roadside attractions, automotive marvels and scads of other midcentury masterpieces.”
L.A. Weekly

About the Author

Charles Phoenix celebrates classic and kitschy American life and style. He is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author known for his crowd-rousing retro slide-show performances, fun field trip tours, madcap test-kitchen videos, and colorful coffee table books. On TV, Charles has appeared with Jay Leno, Martha Stewart, and Conan O’Brien, as a judge on Cake Wars, and is often heard on NPR. Growing up in Southern California,he was educated at theme parks, thrift stores, and his dad’s used-car lots. Fans enjoy his keen expertise and genuine reverence, and they trust his guide to time-honored attractions from coast to coast. The New York Times says, “Call him the King of Retro.”

To get a taste of Charles in action, watch him here on Conan O’Brien.