There are many things we lust over while watching Mad Men — the glamorous outfits, the adorable mid-century furniture, the vintage cocktails, all things Joan-related — but we can honestly say that we’ve never wished we were eating any of the food that has been featured on the show. Perhaps because on Mad Men, most meals aren’t exactly warm family moments. They’re actually pretty uncomfortable. The frequently repeated image of Sally and Bobby eating alone before Don (and then Henry) arrive home for the “real” dinner comes to mind. Or maybe it’s because a lot of the food back then was just plain scary.
Either way, we were surprised to learn that there’s a Mad Men-inspired cookbook in the works for publication next winter. According to Grub Street, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin’s cookbook will be “a guide to the food and drink mentioned in the show, from Sterling Cooper power lunches to Betty’s Around the World Dinner; also offering suggestions for Mad Men-themed parties and entertaining with style, with every detail true to the period and themes of the show.” What do you think? Is this a must-have for diehard fans of the series, or an area of the show that’s best left unexplored?