The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook
If you have ever watched Mad Men and are a fan – this is a great book. It has stories as well as recipes. Every time we watched this show I wanted a martini and my husband wanted an Old fashioned.
We still haven’t seen the final episodes of this series, waiting on Netflicks, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying this book.
There are recipes for so many good drinks: Old Fashions, martinis, Manhattans, Mimosas and more.
Food too! Oysters Rockefeller, crown rib roast, turkey tetrazzini, pineapple upside down cake……..you will love just flipping through the pages of this book.
In addition to the many good recipes are stories about the television show and cultural context about the world in the 1960s. It definitely wasn’t a good era to be a woman in the workplace. But as I watched the show I was amazed at how spot on they got the set designs. Everything from the attire to the decorations – lamps, tables, the smoking and drinking in the office, the bar ware…all of it rang true.
I am dating myself because yes, I grew up in the 60s. Well I was a child in the 1960s but I can’t tell you the number of times my husband and I would watch an episode and say, “Hey look, my grandmother had those tumblers or lamp” or whatever. Blast from the past here.
Time to mix up a couple of Manhattans and listen to the Beatles.
*I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Debra at Eliot’s Eats. Thank you, Debra!
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