Are you a fan of the hit TV series Mad Men? Have you ever wanted to dine like Draper and drink like Sterling? Thanks to veteran cookbook author Judy Gelman and writer Peter Zheutlin, you can now fill your Mad Men appetite with The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook!
I was contacted by author Judy Gelman and we spoke about the cookbook at length. I explained that though I was a fan of the show, I was not diligent in my viewing, and I mainly watched to see Bryan Batt who plays Salvatore “Sal”Romano, as I knew him from my high school modeling days when I lived in New Orleans. He is such a talented actor, and I was happy to see him land such a big role. Sadly he did not appear after the third season, but I am hopeful the shows creator will bring him back.
When my cookbook arrived I was thrilled as I flipped through the pages. I was time-warped back to the retro-era and envisioned my mother creating the recipes that I grew up with. The memories were fun and timeless, just like the cookbook.
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook provides invaluable historical and cultural context, gives tips on how to throw a successful 60’s themed cocktail party, and provides a guide to favored Mad Men hang-outs. The book has 250 pages of excellent content, and serves up more than 70 recipes for food and drink commentary featured on the show.
The season 5 premiere of Mad Men will air Sunday March 25th, and what better way to celebrate than by throwing your own Mad Men inspired party! We are doing just that today, as we celebrate with a Virtual Party! I am bringing Martini’s, Stuffed Celery, Deviled Eggs and Shrimp Cocktail, so make plans to stay! You can get a list of all of the participating bloggers and their recipes here. We will also be tweeting using the hashtag #PartyLikeaMadMan. Follow 30A EATS on Twitter, and Dine Like Draper on Twitter to participate.
Classic Shrimp Cocktail:
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook
Yield: 6 servings
For the Shrimp
36 medium-large shrimp
1 thick slice lemon
3 sprigs parsley
1 peeled onion
3 to 4 peppercorns
1 tsp salt
For the Cocktail Sauce
3/4 cup chili sauce
2 to 3 tbsp horseradish
2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp grated onion
1/4 tsp salt
Few drops of Tabasco sauce
Finely chopped celery, optional
Lettuce, for serving, optional
Prepare the Shrimp: Shrimp may be shelled and cleaned before or after cooking, by peeling off the shell, rinsing off any grit, and removing the black vein down the back. Leave shrimp tails intact.
Pour enough water to cover the shrimp in a saucepan. Add lemon, parsley, onion, peppercorns, and salt. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the size, until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Do not overcook. Drain and chill shrimp until ready to serve.
Make Cocktail Sauce: Combine all cocktail sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Mix and refrigerate.
To serve as individual appetizers, mix shrimp with finely chopped celery (if desired) and serve in lettuce-lined sherbet glasses. For a party snack, fill a large bowl with crushed ice and center with a small bowl of cocktail sauce; arrange shrimp over ice. Top with finely diced celery (if desired). Serve with wooden picks for dipping shrimp into sauce.
Want to Get Your Hands on a Copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook?
Leave a comment below on your favorite Mad Men character, restaurant or bar on the show, or share a dish from the 60’s that was your favorite (if you are old enough to remember like me)…and you will be entered to win The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook Giveaway!
Contest ends Friday March 23rd at midnight Central time, and is open to all with a U.S. mailing address!
Did Someone say Twister?
We had a grand time at the party! Cocktails, appetizers, and entree’s were shared, and in a smoky room there was even a game of *ahem* twister going on! Judy Gelman was kind enough to send me this link to the follow up post, so all could have access to the bloggers that came to the party and their recipes! Enjoy!