TV Dinners: Mad Men

Mad Men is one of those shows whose insane popularity is a little bit of a mystery to me, even though I myself am a complete Mad Men fanatic. But let’s be honest—I’m not exactly picky about my TV habits. It’s a little bit slow moving, it’s not exactly action-packed, and most of the plot points center around one guy being kind of a jerk. So what is it that everyone else loves so much about it?

For my parents, it’s the little details correctly remembered from their own childhoods (“we had that EXACT lamp in our living room!”). I suppose for men (and let’s face it, women too), it’s the wistful ideal of being Don Draper, drinking in the office, and having a secretary like Joan. Plus, Jon Hamm. I am something of a nostalgia addict, even for things I never experienced. I am endlessly fascinated by old New York, 60s fashion, the sound of clacking typewriters, the constant cigarette smoking, and the hilarious(ly offensive) approach to therapy. Did I miss anything?

As the long-awaited Season 5 premiere approaches (this weekend!), here’s a nostalgia-fied menu for you to serve up for Sunday dinner (I hope you’re not watching your weight…people really liked cream and mayonnaise in the 60s). I don’t think it would be out of the question to get inappropriately drunk—having a hangover at work the next day will only make you feel more like Don. If you love the food of Mad Men as much as we do, stay tuned for our Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook giveaway! For a sneak preview, try the deviled eggs.

**1960s Sunday Dinner**

Classic Deviled Eggs

Betty’s Best Meatloaf

Creamed Pearl Onions

Sally’s Favorite Banana Chocolate Cake

French 75

Lily Bellow graduated in 2009 from Harvard University with a degree in English Literature. While in college, she bartended and cooked at the campus pub, and as a result has a difficult time eating chicken wings. She is the Managing Editor for Small Kitchen College.

Originally posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

4 Responses to “TV Dinners: Mad Men”

  1. Ruth Newton

    March 25th, 2012

    mmmmmmmmmm! Just cut the bananas. Going down now to make deviled eggs. xxx

  2. Will Levitt

    March 26th, 2012

    “people really liked cream and mayonnaise in the 60s” – clearly I was born in the wrong decade.

  3. Steph

    March 27th, 2012

    For me and my sibs, the attraction to MadMen is the abuse the women took at the office (how different it is today) and the way the parents all but ignored the kids, except to yell at them. We lived it, and it’s fun to look back and see how far we’ve come.
    One thing they haven’t shown from that era is the Vietnam war on TV every night. Walter Cronkite would tell you and show you the latest deaths while you silently (kids weren’t allowed to talk at the table) ate your roast beef and mashed potatoes. Maybe that’ll be in the show this year.
    The only other show that came close to depicting the late 60′s – early 70′s so accurately was Wonder Years. We loved that show, too!

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