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The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook Hardcover – April 24, 2012

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Cheryl Krocker McKeon, bookseller
“Readers learn how "Betty Crocker" was born, why Warhol painted soup cans and how "soul food" got its name. For the true '60s buff, Rodgers and Maclean give tips for a party the Mad Men  cast would love, including menus, drink recipes, fashion tips (a hostess will accent her dress with pearls) and proper serving pieces (a Lazy Susan and chip-and-dip set are ideal).” 

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A blast-from-the-past cookbook that improves the recipes while preserving the traditions”

About the Author

Rick Rodgers is the author of more than 35 cookbooks including Thanksgiving 101 and Fondue, and the IACP Cookbook Award nominees Kaffeehaus and The Carefree Cook. He is a frequent contributor to Bon Appetit and epicurious.com. He lives in Maplewood, NJ. Visit him at rickrodgers.com.

Heather Maclean is the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Skinny Italian and Fabulicious!, and has appeared on many national TV programs including Good Morning America and CBS Early Show. She lives near Detroit, Michigan. Visit her at heather-maclean.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762445734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762445738
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Reine des Coeurs VINE VOICE on April 23, 2012
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This book was one of my Amazon recommendations (based on my love for all things "Mad Men") and I preordered it as soon as it was available. If you're a fan of the show, or just want to recreate some awesome 60s recipes and entertainment, this is a keeper for your culinary library. The chapters are as follow:
1 - Party Like a Playboy
2 - Food to Drink By: Appetizers and Hors D'Oeuvres
3 - Vichyssoise, Iceberg and Aspic...Oh My! Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches
4 - Company Food: Main Courses
5 - Best Supporting Players: Vegetables and Side Dishes
6 - Showstoppers: Desserts
7 - Executive Cocktails

I've tried the Real Onion Dip, the Sixties Secret Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the Sloppy Joes and they all came out wonderfully! There are many tips included alongside the recipes, including the Kitchen Time Machine which is the fast track version of whatever recipe it appears on. There are several theme menus included as well, perfect for dinner parties, home dinners and other fun home entertainment. Everything is wonderfully detailed and with clear instruction. I can tell this book is going to become very dog-eared from the use I'll be getting out of it!
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Having learnt to cook in the late fifties/early sixties, it was such fun to see all those delicious recipes in one place -- this cookbook. We have lost some of these special dishes with the new fangled ideas about what is "good" and what is not for you. How could one forget Waldorf Salad and Lobster Newburg and so on and so forth. This book makes it fun to read and also to try out. I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in tasty delicious food and how to make it. Get it and enjoy the joy of cooking.
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I LOVE ANYTHING RETRO-60'S THE FOOD ESPECIALLY BUT THE CLOTHES THE COMING TOGETHER OF ALL PEOPLE ALTHOUGH I WAS BORN IN 1965 I CAN REMEMBER GROWING UP IN SAFETY WITH REAL FOOD ,FAMILY ALL AROUND AND JUST BEING ABLE TO BE A CHILD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOME TIMES I WISH WE COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
EVERYONE WILL LOVE THIS COOKBOOK AND NOW I AM SEARCHING FOR OTHER ERA BASED COOKBOOKS TOO
THANKS
SMOOCHES
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I wish I had just purchased an actual 1960s cookbook. This cookbook changes the recipes for 2014 diets instead of using original recipes and giving us options for healthier methods. Most of us already know what to substitute as cleaner eating. What is the fun in that of planning a throwback menu~ If we are ordering a book by this name, odds are we want the authentic cuisine---One night of bacon grease never hurt anyone.
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I have many fond memories of the foods from my childhood and was excited to get this book. There are so many great dishes I had totally forgotten about that I can't wait to make. I am inspired to have a 60s dinner party this Fall. If you have fond memories of childhood favorites or are interested in how things were cooked "back in the day" this is definitely a great book to check out!
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This is a fun cookbook to have in your collection if you're hosting a "throw back to the sixties" party. The California Blue Cheese onion dip received rave reviews and the narrative with the recipes was fun. We used several of these at a party for friends and people said the menu "made them remember their childhood." Now if you're a health freak, I wouldn't advise this book for you, but if you're okay with cheating once in awhile for fun, I say GO FOR IT!
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Two hits, one big miss.

Hit 1: AT LAST!! the definitive recipe for the definitive buffet dish of the 1960s-'70s, the Chile Relleno Casserole. I don't remember any tomato sauce atop any that I noshed on, but a can of El Pato would do the job just fine.

Hit 2: Don't Mess With Mama Tuna Casserole: I didn't know Mom did thiis because it was easy and cheap – I thought it was because it was the Food of the Gods. Hers had no peas or chips; mine has peas, an egg, and cheese one top. Please add a chorus of Garrison Keillor's "Tuna Casserole", preferably in duet with Jean Redpath.

BIG miss!: "Discard giblets" messes with Mama bigtime. Her tribe and mine says that wasting edible food is a sin against the Holy Ghost, especially things as delicious as gizzards, hearts and livers (she would claim the heart of any chicken she cooked as Cook's Treat). You can't make a decent stuffing or gravy without them, and they have plenty of other fine uses as well. This kitchen discards only inedibles, after carefully assessing their standing as such.
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Also bought this book for a friend's upcoming birthday. I think she'll love it, because she's a big fan of the AMC T.V. show, Mad Men; this is all about retro-1960's...so I believe she'll love it...being right up her retro-alley, so to speak...lol
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