Classic & Kitschy Festivities and Fun Party Recipes

By Charles Phoenix

Hardcover | $29.95
ISBN 978-1-945551-35-2

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Addicted to Americana
ISBN 9781945551192


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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!

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.”


Featured in the LAist Foodish Holiday Gift Guide

Rachel Ray Magazine interviews Charles Phoenix! Charles shares tips and recipes for colorful, over-the-top holiday celebrations. Merry Kitsch-mas!

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

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

Praise for Addicted to Americana

“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

“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.”