Mad Men may not be back until March 2012, but this December fans can have a taste of the show with The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men, by veteran cookbook author Judy Gelman and writer Peter Zheutlin. It’s the fans entrée to the culinary world of Mad Men-era New York, available just in time for the holiday and entertaining season.
The book serves up more than 70 recipes for and commentary on the food and drink featured in Mad Men, from a gazpacho like the one Betty would have served at her Around the World Dinner, to the steak tartar Don orders at Sardi’s while flirting with Bobbi Barrett, to the whiskey sour Don and Lane enjoy at the Playboy Club. Packed with period detail—why is Joan’s choice of a Blue Hawaii on New Year’s so era-appropriate? How did the avocado become popular in America in the sixties, and how did Jackie Kennedy increase the fruit’s visibility?—The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook provides invaluable historical and cultural context, tips on throwing a successful ’60s cocktail party, and a guide to favored Mad Men hangouts that will appeal to history buffs and fans planning Mad Men-inspired diner parties alike.
FOR RELEASE: DECEMBER 2011
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook includes a full color 16-page insert with photos of the food from the recipes inside, plus additional black and white photos, food-related advertising material, and other images from the 1960s. It also includes recipes from the bars and restaurants that appear on the show.
About the Authors
Judy Gelman is co-author of The Book Club Cookbook (Penguin, 2004), The Kids’ Book Club Book (Penguin, 2007), and Table of Contents (Adams, 2010). 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 of several other non-fiction titles. Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, The New England Quarterly and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad.
Title: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants of Mad Men
Authors: Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin
Publisher: Smart Pop, an imprint of BenBella Books; distributed by Perseus Distribution
Publication: December 2011, $16.95 (CAN $19.50), Paper, ISBN: 978-1-936661-41-1
Cooking, 288 pages, 7 x 9