‘Mad Men’ Cookbook Lets You Eat and Drink Like Don Draper
If you caught the season five premiere of Mad Men last night on AMC, you were treated to the idea of a “bean ballet,” as Peggy Olson struggled to come up with an ad concept for Heinz.
And, naturally, you watched Roger Sterling down martinis, Don Draper drink his cocktail, and his new wife, Megan, subsist on black coffee. Hey, nobody said that being that thin doesn’t come without its low-calorie price.
Fans of the Sixties-era show know eating and, especially, drinking play serious roles in the series, and the authors of the new The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook are hoping they’ll be keen on dishing up some 70 recipes from the folks at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, NPR reports.
“We grew up in the 1960s just a few miles from Manhattan, so many of the foods and kitchens and restaurant scenes brought back childhood memories,“ authors Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin write in the book. “When we saw Betty Draper serve Turkey Tetrazzini… it was as if we had traveled back to our mothers’ kitchens.”
Keen on hosting Mad Men viewing parties? Why not serve up some Chicken Kiev with a side of Potatoes au Gratin and maybe a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for dessert? The recipes are all in the book, according to the news organization.
Other faves from the cookbook, NPR notes, include Beef Wellington (a la a season-one room-service order that Roger placed for Joan), Sally’s French Toast (a tribute to the time Don’s daughter attempted to make her pop breakfast—oh, and, it’s made with rum, of course) and Pete’s pan-fried rib-eye cooked in butter.
All that sounds heavenly—especially when compared to a bean ballet. If only Don Draper could deliver the dessert in person.