Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook by Judy Gelman

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook:
Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and
Restaurants of Mad Men
by Judy Gelman, Peter Zheutlin

Find out more about this book and author:
Blog (includes some recipes)

Published: 2011
Publisher: Smart Pop
Genre: Cookbook, TV
Paperback: 288 pages
Rating: 5

Dine like Draper and Drink like Sterling with More Than 70 Recipes from the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants Seen on Mad Men

Ever wish you could mix an Old Fashioned just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling’s favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joan Harris manages to prepare a perfect crown roast in her tiny apartment kitchen? Or about the connection between Jackie Kennedy’s 1962 White House tour and Betty Draper’s Valentine’s Day room service order?

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook serves up more than 70 recipes to satisfy a Mad Men appetite! From the tables of Manhattan’s most legendary restaurants and bars to the Drapers’ Around the World dinner, this book is your entrĂ©e to the culinary world of Man Men-era New York.

Packed with period detail, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook provides invaluable historical and cultural context for the food and drink featured in the show, tips on throwing a successful ’60s cocktail party, and even a guide to favored Mad Men hangouts. Every recipe inside is authentic to the time.

Whether you’re planning a Mad Men-themed dinner party, need to mix up some authentic Mad Men cocktails, or just can’t get enough of the show itself, this is your essential resource, a guide to all foods and drinks Mad Men. So hang up your coat, pour yourself a cocktail, and get ready to dine like Draper and drink like Sterling with The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

Includes a color photo insert of 16 dishes, plus additional black and white photos and other images of bars, restaurants, and food advertisements from the 1960s.


* Playboy Whiskey Sour
* Sardi’s Steak Tartar
* Connie’s Waldorf Salad
* Sal’s Spaghetti and Meatballs
* Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread
* Lindy’s Cherry Cheesecake

My two-bits:

I liked the history, anecdotes and trivia related to the food and cocktails of the 1960s in this book. Certain recipes included references to Mad Men episodes which made me want to re-watch some.

Black and White pictures of New York bars and restaurants and random 1960s images sprinkled throughout the book. Color pictures of a handful of recipes appear in the center of the book.

Growing up during this period and being familiar with a lot of the dishes, I found the recipes to be in my comfort food zone.

Interesting to note that most of the recipes are pulled from popular cookbooks of the time period.

Based on tv show: Mad Men

1 comment:

  1. +JMJ+

    Is there anything with gelatin? LOL! I don't know about cookbooks, but I recall going over a lot of vintage ads from the 60s, featuring gelatin in deserts and in some side dishes!


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