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.
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Spice up your chicken sandwich with spices like garam masala, cumin and turmeric.
Get ready to dive into the international aisle of your grocery store and make a stop at the ethnic food markets in your neighborhood. In Jeffrey Saad’s new cookbook, Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen (on sale March 20), Cooking Channel’s host of United Tastes of America shares how to cook up adventurous, internationally inspired foods every day.
Browse through recipes organized by cuisines of the world, or “flavor families” as Jeffrey calls them, like Mexican (chiles, cumin, cilantro), Middle Eastern (cardamom, turmeric, harissa) and Italian (basil, oregano, chili flakes). You can choose a different chapter every night of the week and travel the world through food.
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The buttery crust for this Cauliflower, Chevre, and Onion Quiche is spiked with a little rosemary for unexpected flavor. Photograph by Ben Fink.
Just in time for March, when the weather is beginning to warm and daylight savings time is almost upon us, Masala Farm by Suvir Saran is a season-centric cookbook that will make you embrace springtime as you never have before. Suvir is the executive chef at Dévi in New York City, the only Indian food restaurant in the U.S. that has earned a Michelin Star; a chairperson of the Culinary Institute of America’s Asian Studies Program; and author of two other cookbooks, Indian Home Cooking and American Masala. In 2005, Suvir moved with his partner, Charlie, to a farm in upstate New York. Masala Farm captures their stories of farm living and great cooking.
Instead of traditional Indian dishes that you might expect, Masala Farm recipes include Western classics like risotto, burgers and banana pudding (Suvir is known for sprucing up Southern classics). With a little spice (or “masala”) and brilliant imagination, Suvir gives familiar comfort foods exciting new spins that are sure to liven up your meals.
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Spicy Chicken Jambalaya is easy to make in the slow cooker.
The idea of prepping dinner in the morning and letting it cook away all day long is so appealing that I’m always on the lookout for great slow-cooker recipes. The Slow Cook Book by Heather Whinney is a treasure trove of about 200 slow-cooker recipes ranging from stews and casseroles to curries and roasts and even desserts.
And anyone who has ever scooped gray veggies out of their slow cooker (guilty!) will appreciate her chapter on slow-cooker techniques, complete with step-by-step photos and how-tos. And, as a bonus, if you don’t own a slow cooker or you prefer not to use one, each recipe includes a “traditional method” for slow cooking on the stove or in the oven. So start making easy and nourishing, budget-friendly dinners by rediscovering your slow cooker.
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Show your sweetie some love by baking up Better-Than-Boxed Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day (or any day!).
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a book all about cooking for (and with) your sweetie. For newlyweds and happy couples of all kinds, The Newlywed Cookbook by Food Network Kitchens veteran Sarah Copeland is a delicious guide to nurturing your love with great meals, day after day. I caught up with Sarah by phone to ask her a few questions about her new cookbook.
How did you get the idea for this cookbook?
I always wanted to write a cookbook; I didn’t have an exact idea, I just knew I wanted to make it a garden-to-table or farm-to-table lifestyle easier for people instead of an ambitious change-your-whole-life thing. I met my editor at a workshop, and I must have talked a lot about my husband – I was just married and totally in love. He called me a few months later and said, “We have an idea for a book, and I think you might be our author.” So it’s a book all about my real life. When I actually sat down to write it, it literally poured out onto the page.
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This meatless version of classic taco salad is served on a toasted tortilla, so you can eat your plate. Photograph by Quentin Bacon.
In my experience, throwing dinner together without a recipe isn’t always the best idea (no matter how much Cooking Channel you’ve been watching). But with Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals, cookbook author Pam Anderson shares simple formulas that really will get you cooking great food without a cookbook, but with a plan – and as a bonus, these meals are meatless. This isn’t a cookbook just for vegetarians, but for anyone aiming to eat less meat and more veggies. Add these customizable recipe ideas to your repertoire to create your own fresh, seasonal dishes that are low in fat and calories.
Give these meatless recipes a try (they could even work for Super Bowl foods):
Eat-Your-Plate Taco Salad with Black Beans and Grilled Corn
Really Simple Bean Burgers
Minestrone for Every Season
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Kick up the flavor of a familiar healthy eating standby with Ginger-Balsamic Salmon. Photograph by Romulo Yanes.
A craving for Asian takeout doesn’t have to mean the end of your healthy eating resolutions. With the new cookbook Simple Asian Meals: Irresistibly Satisfying and Healthy Dishes for the Busy Cook, Asian food expert Nina Simonds shares more than 100 easy, wholesome and healthy recipes for Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese favorites. From soups, stews and casseroles to stir-fried and grilled dishes, eating well will be easy with these vibrantly flavored Asian foods.
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These gluten-free Chocolate Devil's Food Cupcakes will please any chocolate lover.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of The View and New York Times best-selling author of The G-Free Diet, grew up in an Italian-American family that would gather around the dinner table for cozy homemade feasts. When she was diagnosed with celiac disease a decade ago, Elisabeth’s favorite dishes were suddenly off-limits. But now, with Deliciously G-Free, she has developed family-friendly, gluten-free versions of her favorite dishes.
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Mix all your vegetables in one pot and cook quickly to make this simple Farmers' Market Vegetable Soup. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
To keep working towards those 2012 healthy-eating resolutions, the new Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook is a great tool for busy cooks wondering what to make for dinner every night. It includes over 300 recipes (and more than 100 beautiful photographs) organized by the type of pot required – skillets, casseroles, Dutch ovens and, of course, slow cookers, to name a few. Every chapter begins with cooking tips for the featured kitchen appliance or tool and every recipe includes full nutritional data and Weight Watchers Points Plus values. Whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds or just eating healthier, this cookbook will help you get good-for-you foods on the table every day.
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