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A bit of a strange book, to be sure, that is probably aimed at the ultra-obsessive "Mad Men" fan. A promised look inside the various kitchens, bars and restaurants that featured in a (popular?) American television series.

The book describes best its raison d'être: "To ensure an authentic Mad Men experience, every recipe is introduced through a specific scene in the show. And to enhance your enjoyment of the food and drink we scoured period cookbooks and magazines for tips on throwing a successful cocktail or dinner party."

OK... So what do you really get? Essentially recipes taken from back-in-time. Nothing more, nothing less. Oh, but it is wrapped up with elements from the television series. Does it work? To someone who has never seen the series it just looks like a poor attempt to shoehorn some recipes into a book. To a devoted fan? Maybe it is different. You might enjoy the references to the series, might find additional inferences and links of benefit and maybe even enjoy recreating a meal or drink from a favourite scene.

If you are looking JUST for classic old recipes, perhaps for a dinner party, there are many many great books out there to help you achieve your aims. This book is probably not one of them. This might sound unfair but the additional packaging just gets in the way of it being a good recipe book that could fulfil a need. As a composite (unofficial) tie-in to a television programme it might be a totally different proposition. Certainly there appears to be a lot of tie-in material that could appeal to hardcore fans. But to the passive viewer or even a non-viewer, sorry it doesn't work. There is not even a significant amount of period information that could drip into the reader's consciousness through osmosis either to make it an interesting curio.

So a mixed bag. OK the price is not so high and undoubtedly it will be available for a much lower price if you look around hard enough. If you see it in a bookstore it might be worth a browse but you might need to adjust your expectations accordingly. Unless you are a die-hard fan, don't buy this book blind.
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on 5 January 2014
My compliments to the authors on extending Mad Men's attention to period detail to the food and drinks in the series.
This is an excellent collection of Mad Men-related recipes for cocktails, appetizers, salads, main courses, desserts and sweets.
Every recipe is authentic, all food and drink either appears in the series or was served in the 1960s by the bars and restaurants featured in the series.
What makes this book truly delightful is the introduction to every recipe, describing the scene in question and providing lots of interesting details about the food or restaurant.
Well designed, well structured and painstakingly, lovingly researched.
Perhaps you prefer full colour photographs throughout, but I find the colour insert in perfect keeping with the 'period authenticity'.
In the words of Pete Campbell: Swell!
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on 10 June 2012
I went looking for a unique holiday gift and what I found far exceeded my expectations. I kept it for myself!
This is a very good addition to my ever growing cookbook collection!

Highly Recommended!
I'd also try this if you are looking for more direct and to the point solutions! No nonsense!I HATE COOKING - Man Cooking
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on 6 March 2014
It is much better than I expected. Definitely I recommend it to anyone, especially for those who are fan of the 50’s and 60’s era. Loved the pics, although they could have added more of them to have a slight idea on how the dishes should look. Super fast shipping!
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on 30 May 2015
Really cool and suave cookbook
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on 29 September 2015
Ok but too stiffly written
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on 25 June 2015
love it!
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