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The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook

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As Don Draper famously said, “Nostalgia: a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.” Nostalgia, of course, also calls to one’s appetite. Thanks in part to the popular series Mad Men, fans are discovering the classic cuisine of the 1960’s; whether to revisit the favorite recipes of their childhoods or to celebrate the comforting, sometimes kitschy, always-s ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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Having grown up in the sixties some of these recipes are old friends, gone but not forgotten. There are a few that I think I will try. The Kitchen Time Machine addition is great and brings the recipe up to today's speed. I have been looking for a creamed spinach recipe that tastes like the one my mother made. I'm going to try the one in the book and see how it turns out. I remember my older married sister and her husband getting dressed up and going to someone's house for cocktail parties. Nowa ...more
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Do you long to dig into a large dish of mac and cheese (homemade, of course)? Do you dream that some hostess will serve those wonderful piggies in a blanket at the next party you attend? Were you the mom who'd whip up a tuna noodle casserole once a week to give the kids a stick-to-their ribs dinner? Were you the lucky kid who had a mom like that? If you answered yes to any one of those, you are probably going to get a kick out of this retro cookbook that offers favorites of the sixties accompani ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

Perfect for someone trying to recreate 60’s cuisine – and settings – in a modern kitchen. My favorite parts were the history behind different recipes, and I would have liked to have seen more of that, especially if they could have included some historical documents of advertisements or cookbooks rather than the few pictures included of the re-created dishes.

Excellent way to learn how to cook like a Mad Man, but could have used more history.
Terri Lynn
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this cookbook of recipes from the 1960's. I grew up in the 1960's (ages 1-10) and this brings back some tasty memories. I have to try a bunch of these.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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What a trip down memory lane with these recipes!
Michelle Finazzo
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I love sixties kitsch, so this was a wonderful cookbook for me. The book is great for anyone planning a sixties themed party or anyone who longs to live on the set of Mad Men. It has menu suggestions based on the type of party, music suggestions and details for the hostess extraordinaire. I already made both the Pimiento and Walnut Cheese Ball and the Shrimp Cocktail with Bloody Mary Sauce and both were quite good. I was even inspired to whip up a Tom Collins, although not something I would norm ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I have a feeling that a lot of home cooks already have many of these recipes in their repertoires (or at least, in a cookbook somewhere in your house.) Cocktail meatballs, chicken divan, and other classics are featured here. However, the book's value, for me, anyway, lies in its party-planning tips. For example, the author points out that slow cookers were not invented until the 1970s, so if you were wanting to throw a fun 60s party, you'd have to find another way to keep your food warm (hello, ...more
Tracy Tibbels
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Some fun recipes in here--mostly fun to look at/through different things that were hip back then and to think about recreating them today. Something I found interesting is that Jon Hamm is quoted as pointing out that the glass sizes in bars (and offices?) these days are much bigger than the glass sizes Don Draper would have drank out of in the 60's..... and the fact that he wasn't drinking real bourbon on film, but tea or water with food coloring. Portion sizes were much smaller in the 60's, as ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
A good book to capture the feel of the 1960s cooking without the feeling of "gross, what's in that?"

There are some great staples of the time with easy recipes. Some are even made slightly healthier, let's be honest how healthy can you make creamed corn.

It's not good enough to buy, but good enough to copy some for later.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
have even bookmarked a few recipes to try!
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This takes me back to my childhood.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
This is o.k., and for nostalgia pretty good, but I'm either glad I am not still eating some of these dishes or we are still making them the same way now in my family. Good trivia bits.
Meg Dean
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This book is kitschy & fun :c) The perfect thing for someone like me who is obsessed with the 50's & 60's :c)
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
updated versions of popular foods and drinks from the sixties; interesting mix of recipes but could have used more photos
Julie Elliott
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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A funny, quick read if you enjoy browsing cookbooks. Food in the 60s was definitely interesting.
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read for nostalgia.
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