Aside from the Mad Men era establishments that contributed recipes to our book, we relied on dozens of vintage cookbooks from the 1950s and ‘60s to create a cookbook true to the era, including two classics that were always on display on Betty Draper’s kitchen counter, Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (the so-called “red plaid” for its distinctive cover) and Betty Crocker’s Hostess Cookbook.
We turned to other classic cookbooks of the era, as well, such as Clementine Paddleford’s How America Eats for the Lindy’s cheesecake recipe, and other lesser known cookbooks such as Nina Mortellito’s The Small Kitchen Cookbook, to show us how Joan would gave made a Crown Roast in her tiny New York apartment.
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“Toss on that apron over your crinolines (or smoking jacket) and let’s get cooking, Mad Men style!
The first gift is Good Housekeeping’s Appetizer Book (1958), full of festive holiday canapés and cocktail accompaniments, such as Crab Meat Spread, Christmas Canapés and Christmas Wreath Appetizers.
Next, some kitschy vintage plastic party picks (1960s) for skewering those martini olives and cocktail meatballs!
Then, a poultry cookbook from the Culinary Arts Institute (1951) — your guide to preparing turkey, duck and more, with recipes from: Roast Turkey to Duck a la Creole, Broiled Squab Chicken with Sautéed Pineapple, and more.
We round out this holiday bundle with some vintage cookie cutters (1960s) and a copy of The Cookie Book (1951), also from the Culinary Arts Institute, with yummy recipes for molded, rolled, filled, drop cookies, Christmas cookies and bars and more.”
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