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Another pop-culture gift idea: 'The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook'

A few weeks ago I mentioned "The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook" in a post about the show.

The good news is I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy.

The bad news is that my plans of preparing a few of the dishes and letting you know what I thought of the process were interrupted by Thanksgiving and traveling out of state.

The book, which is beautifully put together with not only recipes but photos and historical information, went on sale on Tuesday and can be found at, among other bookstores.

I've flipped through it quite a bit and I definitely plan on using it sometime soon — perhaps while planning my Christmas dinner. The drinks are particularly fun to read about if only because they tend to play a more prominent role in the show than food.

Much like the show, it has a vintage/retro feel with a touch of timelessness. I suppose we call that nostalgia.

For someone like me, who didn't grow up in that era, it's fun to see the kinds of recipes they used and what was popular fare for dinner parties. For someone who remembers the 1950s/60s, it will be nice to be reminded of dishes their mothers or grandmothers made when they were young.

This is definitely a must-have for any "Mad Men" fan who is planning a premiere party in March — I imagine there will be plenty of them and what better to serve than Don Draper's signature Old Fashion with a side of pineapple upside-down cake?

"The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook" retails for $16.95, but Amazon's got a lower price.

This is one of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays.