The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More Than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook
Judging by its aqua-and-harvest-gold cover, The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook looks like a spoof. But Rick Rodgers and Heather Maclean present a sincere collection of updated mid-century favorites with snippets of history sure to please those who lived through the 1960s as well as those who've only heard the stories.
Even the onion-ring topping in their green bean casserole is made from scratch (although, for those hungry for nostalgia, the "classic" recipe with canned ingredients is also included). Other updates include not-quite-fish sticks and not-from-a-box mac and cheese.
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). --Cheryl Krocker McKeon, bookseller