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Review: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

I love cookbooks, so I thought I’d try this one out!


DESCRIPTION (from the website)

“The appeal of AMC’s award-winning period drama Mad Men, shortly to begin its fifth season, lies as much in its painstaking portrait of 1960s America as in the emotional lives of its characters. In The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin present a guide to the show’s culinary backdrop, from Sterling Cooper power lunches to Draper dinner parties. With more than 60 recipes, photos, and other images all drawn from the period, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is perfect for history buffs and fans planning Mad Men dinner parties alike.

  • Find out why Betty might have chosen her “Around the World” dinner party theme—plus why Don’s Heineken ad campaign would have been so well-received by the public—and try Betty’s gazpacho from Spain, using a recipe Betty herself might have.
  • Learn why Sardi’s, the restaurant where Bobbi Berret and Don celebrate selling her husband’s new pilot, was a likely location for post-TV deal celebration, and make Sardi’s famous steak tartar for yourself.

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.”


“Judy Gelman is co-author of The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors (Penguin, 2004), the first cookbook designed for book discussion groups. The second edition of The Book Club Cookbook will be published in 2012.

She is also co-author The Kids’ Book Club Book: Reading Ideas, Activities, and Smart Tips for Organizing Terrific Kids’ Book Clubs (Penguin, 2007) and Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson – a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Today’s Bestselling Authors (Adams, 2010). She is co-creator of and She speaks about cooking, food and reading to book and food enthusiasts across the country.

Peter Zheutlin is the author of Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride (Citadel Press, 2007) and the co-author, with Thomas B. Graboys, M.D., of Life in the Balance: A Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia(Union Square Press, 2008). He is also the co-author, with Robert P. Smith, of Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy (Amacom, 2009). Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The Boston GlobeThe Christian Science MonitorThe Los Angeles TimesThe New England Quarterly and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad.”


My Thoughts

I think this is a fascinating book, just coming from the history side of it.  I don’t drink, so the whole section devoted to drinks was interesting, but not something I would use.  There are some great dessert, entree, appetizer and salad recipes!  Plus there’s a lot of full-color pictures in the middle, so you can see some of them! I don’t suggest this book for everyone (there’s a random Playboy recipe), but it does have some awesome recipes that have been tried out, so are authentic and yummy!   I  liked the ads for things from way back too!  I’ll definitely be trying out the Pineapple Upside Down Recipe!  Yum!

Buy it!

You can get your own here and right now they’re on sale for $11.87!

*Disclaimer:  I was provided this book for my review, and was not compensated for my opinion!*

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About Tamera

I'm a happily married mom of five: one boy and four girls. They range in age from eight to seven weeks. I'm a student in elementary education and am about two years from graduating! I love to read, make crafts of all kinds, and do artsy things (including making pretty foods)!


  1. The pineapple upside down cake does look yummy! I haven’t had one of those since I was a kid! I love new cookbooks, and I can’t wait to get this one. Thanks for the review. My all time favorite cook book is called, “Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence” by author Holly Clegg. This book is designed for all ages, but specifically for the 18-25 and anyone with their first kitchen. For the working or busy person who desires to cook but doesn’t have the time to spend in the kitchen.

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