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Cookbook Giveaway: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

Make Mad Men-era recipes from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook for Sunday's season premiere, like this Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

If you have Mad Men on the mind in anticipation of this Sunday’s big Season 5 premiere, why not cook up a retro dinner straight out of the era of Don Draper and crew? I know — when you think of immersing yourself into the world of Mad Men, cocktails are what come to mind. But 1960s American food plays an important supporting role in this show, and The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin documents it all, dish by dish, episode by episode.

They include 70 recipes (including cocktails!) from 1960s New York restaurants and housewives’ dinner tables, each including a brief history and a rundown of where and when it appeared in Mad Men. This Sunday, mix up an Old Fashioned, Don’s go-to cocktail and the one he’s drinking in the opening scene of Mad Men (Season 1, Episode 1) — he’s in a smoky bar making notes on a napkin, drinking an Old Fashioned. Make an Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa inspired by the Kennedys, Trudy’s Rib Eye in the Pan with Butter (the one Pete requests in Season 1, Episode 3) and Pineapple Upside Down Cake (like Sal and Kitty on Valentine’s Day, Season 2, Episode 1), plus Deviled Eggs, Waldorf Salad and more beloved favorites.

Add these dishes from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook to your menu for Sunday’s dinner:
Don’s Old Fashioned
Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa
Trudy’s Rib Eye in the Pan with Butter
Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa is an elegant salad inspired by the Kennedys.

We’re giving away one copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite 1960s dish or cocktail from Mad Men.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite Mad Men-era food or cocktail?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 6:00 p.m. ET on March 22 and 5:00 p.m. ET on March 27. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $16.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

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Comments (624)

  1. Ann Marie Terpstra posted 03/24/2012

    Only one…deviled eggs! Crazy good!!

  2. 26carolann posted 03/24/2012

    a dry Martini or a High Ball!

  3. Margaret Diez posted 03/24/2012

    My favorite "mad men" era food would have to be cheese fondue.

  4. Kana posted 03/24/2012

    My first cocktail was a gin and tonic and I love pineapple upside down cake.

  5. Dori Herbst Fritzinger posted 03/24/2012

    My favorite Mad Men is the Old Fashion – nice end to a busy day.

  6. Carole R. posted 03/24/2012


  7. Lee Mathis posted 03/24/2012


  8. Colleen posted 03/24/2012

    Deviled eggs, of course!!!

  9. Westie posted 03/24/2012

    Pineapple upside-down cake for sure!

  10. Heather posted 03/24/2012

    It would have to be fondue or Swedish meatballs, with a martini in hand.

  11. Cheryl Marquardt posted 03/24/2012

    I remember going to my husband's grandparents' house for dinner and being offered an old fashioned every time.

  12. Khanh posted 03/24/2012

    Deviled eggs are the best hands down! :D

  13. Cara posted 03/24/2012

    Brandy Alexander! It was the only way we could get my grandmother to board an airplane….

  14. Kimberley Jaksina posted 03/24/2012

    Pineapple upside down cake

  15. longcatkaty posted 03/25/2012

    Fondue mmmm

  16. Barb posted 03/25/2012

    Pineapple upside down cake

  17. Erika D posted 03/25/2012

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake or (and I don't know if it's in the recipe book or not) beef stroganoff!

  18. shugarysweets posted 03/25/2012

    Fondue is a definite favorite! As for drink? I thought they just drank hard liquor, not cocktails :)

  19. Socorro posted 03/25/2012

    Martini, Steak & Jello!

  20. Sarah Z. posted 03/25/2012

    Deviled eggs are a hit in my house.

  21. Cori posted 03/25/2012

    Trudy's rib eye!

  22. Debbie B. posted 03/25/2012

    Pineapple upside down cake! Yummy!!

  23. debra posted 03/25/2012

    That would be Pineapple Upside down cake!

  24. Marianna posted 03/25/2012

    Salisbury Steak and Jello Salad

  25. Cherie posted 03/25/2012

    Deviled eggs, hands down.

  26. Don posted 03/25/2012

    Vodka Gibson up

  27. Veronica Nargi posted 03/25/2012

    I need this so I can class it up like Betty.

  28. Susann M posted 03/25/2012

    Upside-down cake – my father's choice for his birthday cake every year.

  29. Suz posted 03/25/2012

    Hmmmm… a good Beef Wellington always goes over well!

  30. Sarah posted 03/25/2012

    I would LOVE to win the Mad Men Cookbook… I hope to find a GREAT recipe for Ambrosia!! :-) Can't wait for the show tomorrow night! YIPEEE YAHOOO!!

  31. Becky Jones posted 03/25/2012

    Wow, a cool way tro remember my early childhood – sigh, I think I have dated myself…

  32. Ricardo posted 03/25/2012

    I have always been a fan of a Old Fashioned and a Tom Collins

  33. Carol Duncalfe posted 03/25/2012

    Boone's Farm Apple, Bali Hai..and of course Alice B Toklas Brownies.

  34. Jule posted 03/25/2012


  35. Mark posted 03/25/2012

    Fondue Party!!!

  36. Justine Sterling posted 03/25/2012

    As a big MM fan I would love this cookbook…

  37. Delores Love posted 03/25/2012

    Love the shrimp cocktails and pineapple upside down cake! Yummy!

  38. Stanley E Phillips posted 03/25/2012

    Tuna casserole with potato chips on top …no peas
    and a whiskey high ball

  39. Bruce posted 03/25/2012

    would love to win this cookbook…..

  40. Erin posted 03/25/2012

    Old Fasions and Swedish Meatballs.

  41. JoAnn posted 03/25/2012

    Pineapple upside down cake!

  42. actorsdiet posted 03/25/2012

    I just made "Don Draper's Balls" for tonight's premiere!

  43. Virginia posted 03/25/2012

    Sloe Gin Fizz. Beef pot roast with roasted potatoes and carrols. Mom's lemon meringue pie for dessert. Made with a lard crust of course!

  44. Nikki posted 03/25/2012

    Pineapple upside down cake is so homey!

  45. Mandy Kelley Jones posted 03/26/2012

    Nothing beats oysters and a martini!

  46. LMB posted 03/26/2012

    sidecars… and roast chicken. probably not at the exact same time, though.

  47. Mark posted 03/26/2012

    These recipes sound awesome!

  48. janet posted 03/26/2012

    old fashions, makes me remember mom on bowling night.

  49. Shay posted 03/26/2012

    My fave is easily Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Deviled eggs come in at a close 2nd though.

  50. Bailey Coe posted 03/26/2012

    I would love to find the greek olives stuffed with blue cheese . . . yummy

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