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March 19, 2012

Mad Men Mania Week Kick-Off: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook Giveaway

By RetroRuth

So, I recently heard of this little television show that is going to have it’s season premiere on March 25th. I mean, I am not sure if you guys would even be interested so I hesitate even mentioning it here.

Oh holy cow, I can’t even pretend anymore. The new 2 hour season premiere is going to be awesome! And, to whip you guys up into the same frenzy that we have been feeling over here at No Pattern Required, we are doing an entire WEEK of Mad Men posts!  On top of that, we have an extra swank giveaway that is as delicious as that second lunch martini:


Who wants a copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook????

If you guys haven’t seen this book yet, it’s really awesome. Besides the fun mid-century recipes (which you know I love) from your favorite episodes, there is also tons of history for the bars and restaurants your favorite “Mad Men” visit. Very fun, very interesting and this copy of the cookbook could be very, very yours!!

Just leave a comment here and tell us about YOUR favorite Mad Men moment and you will be entered to win!  Your fav moment can be anything; a plot, a look, a dress, even a drink! Leave your comment here before the season premiere on March 25th to be entered to win The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 26th. Good luck, guys and I can’t wait for the premiere!!

*Full disclosure: This copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook was provided by Smart Pop!

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41 Responses to Mad Men Mania Week Kick-Off: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook Giveaway

  1. Nick Klaus Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Confession: I only recently discovered Mad Men so I’m terribly behind.
    That said, my favorite aspect is the Sterling Cooper offices. I’m totally in love with the in-office sofas.

  2. Mary Cessna Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Greg: ‘Joanie, I don’t want to fight right now’
    Joan: ‘ Then stop talking.’

    Classic! Love that line!
    The clothes! I adore the clothes!

  3. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Completely black humor but I loved the lawnmower scene where the guy lost his foot. Joan was so calm, cool and collected and that party reminded me of the first uproarious season of Mad Men which to me was the best.

  4. Jeanne Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I’m with Eartha with my favorite Joan quote was at the hospital: ““But that’s life. One minute you’re on top of the world, the next minute some secretary’s running you over with a lawnmower.”

    My favorite episode is “The Suitcase” where Peggy and Don spend the whole evening of Peggy’s birthday working (and eating and drinking), and the multiple “fights” during the episode.

    Peggy’s transformation throughout the whole series makes her my favorite character. I love watching her wardrobe updates and growth as a copywriter. Being in the business since I was 21, I can so relate to her!

  5. lisa Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

    i like once don said something in regards to this – someone had asked him how he sleeps at night, and he said on a bed full of money. made me laugh… he always has a good line.

    i live to see betty’s clothes!

  6. Shelly in PHX Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love little “Salamander”, though she’s not so little anymore!

  7. Babs Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Man, it’s such a toss up – Jon Hamm was robbed of two emmy’s for my favorites – the episode (right now the name escapes me) where he finally fesses up to Betty, but The Suitcase is by far my favorite. That’s when you realize that Don DOES understand certain people and appreciates them.

    And of course, the best comedy scene was the Lawnmower incident.

  8. Jason Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I love MadMen, but I haven’t seen it since I moved into my 1956 ranch where I live by Antenna only, I got 40 or so channels, but no cable channels. I don’t watch online.

    Anyway – so much to love, I think this visual is as much or more appealing than the story at times. Who can’t remember the Xerox showing up? Working for a bank that has been around for years, I love the history of all the old things we use to have – punch card IBM machines, etc.

    Anyway – the thing I always remember about Mad Men, is an early episode where Don and family are picnic-ing on the side of the road. Don throws his beer can and when they are done Betty just shakes out the blanket letting all the trash blow out into the field.

    It sticks with me, because as much as I love the era, I am a Mad Man myself about recycling and just shows how our attitudes have changed. But, smoking, drinking at work, etc. all these things have changed that’s half the fun of the show. But, I wonder if I would have littered then too? Obviously no one recycled to today’s standards, but litter? I don’t know, guess I’m goody two shoes.

    When it first came out, I still smoked so I loved the thought of it all..smoking at my desk lol. But, I have quit so now I’d just settle for a drink at work! Won’t get that either:)

  9. deepsouthrunner Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I just love the whole feel of the show, the sets, the wardrobes, Jon Hamm… 🙂

  10. yancey Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    My favorite MadMen moment happens every episode….the intro. Who ever came up with that fabulous intro…the music, the graphic…is no less than brilliant. LOVE IT!

  11. Annie B. Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Pete’s chip and dip.

  12. Kristen Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I love that moment that Joan shares with Sterling after his heart attack–when she is doing his makeup. There was just such an unspoken connection between them and their history was apparent. I cannot wait to see the dynamic betweent he two of them now that she has his bun cookin in her oven.

  13. Rosa L. Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’m not just a little obsessed. It’s serious. We are having a Mad Men party Sunday complete with outfits for the 1 year old twins. I have the SCDP logo as my profile pic and screensaver! I can’t possibly pick my favorite moment, but I’ll give you some of my favorite quotes.

    When God closes a door, he opens a dress. -Roger
    I’m Peggy Olsen. I want to smoke marijuana. -Peggy
    Peggy, this isn’t China, there’s no money in virginity. -Joan

  14. Toni Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I am also new to Mad Men, but I love when Betty’s daughter is wearing the plastic dry cleaner bag & Betty warns her that the clothes that were in the bag better not be in a pile! Aarrgghh! So Sally goes off with the bag still on.

  15. Jennifer A Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Love Mad Men! Just rewatched all 4 seasons to get ready for Sunday’s season premier. There are so many great moments but my top 3 are when the english guy gets his foot run over by the lawnmower. Everyones reaction to it when it happens was priceless. When Peggy gets high was too funny. I also liked the episode where Don visits Anna. There was something poignant about their interactions. It was one of the few times we saw “Dick Whitman” and not Don Draper.

  16. Mary Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I just started watching it via Netflix, and I’m in love. I would love to wear those dresses every day!

  17. Danielle V Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Oh gosh, I’ve been in love with Mad Men since my boyfriend introduced me to it last year. Since then, we’ve had many Mad Men themed parties with great clothes and drinks galore! Oh, my favorite thing about Mad Men? Joan’s wardrobe!


  18. Barbara Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I also love little “Salamander”, though she’s not so little anymore!

  19. Gardenia Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Joan, from the first episode: “He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they’re looking for something between a mother and a waitress.”

  20. Heather Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    The clothes are my favorite!

  21. Roxy Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Doctor: So, Mr. Draper, you haven’t had a physical in quite some time.
    Don Draper: Yeah. I eat a lot of apples.


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  23. Cody Boyer Reply

    March 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I think that my favorite moment is when Betty walked outside with a cigarette and rifle, and proceeded to shoot the neighbors birds. That was her most “motherly” moment of the series!

  24. Lizabeth Reply

    March 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I love when Pete returns the chip & dip he and Trudy received as a wedding gift!

  25. Faith Reply

    March 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    “I’d have my secretary do it, but she’s dead.”

    I also think the dresses are characters in their own right! What a great job with the continuity!

  26. Natalie S. Reply

    March 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I love the difference in scenes from NY and when Don travels to CA especially during winter when the colors are vibrant in CA and then more dull in NY where it is snowing.

  27. Michelle F Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Every episode is laden with moments but I did love Ida Blankenship especially when she would ask Don if he was going to the toilet.

  28. Toni Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Okay. Now that I’ve seen more episodes I have two more favorites. Peggy’s “basket of kisses” and when Don tricked Roger at lunch and mathed him drink for drink, oyster for oyster & arranged for the elevator to be down.

  29. Abbi Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    It’s so morbid but I really enjoy the episode where Ida dies.

    I also love the moment when Sally puts rum on the French toast and Don eats it anyway. I think the Don/Sally moments when there’s this glimmer of Don knowing what he’s doing with his kid really make me not want to give up on him.

    And, of course, the Kodak slide projector monologue.

  30. Amanda Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    My favorite Mad Men moment was when Don & Betty went to Rome. The hotel was gorgeous. I wanted to be there.

  31. Arno Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve got to echo what reader Jason commented above – I loved the Xerox machine… and just about any other old technology moments! I’m an engineer, what can I say?

  32. Moira Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I teared up when Don made his pitch for the Carousel slide projector! That’s definitely one of my favourite moments.

  33. Celia Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    This might sound strange… but my favourite moment is Betty Draper`s moment with the washing machine! It`s both sexy and hypnotic, and also meaningful on so many levels about her life, in my opinion.

  34. Erich Reply

    March 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Yeah… I like those little parts where you almost forget it`s a different time period… until they pick up their picnic blanket and shake all their garbage onto the grass, or other such examples!

  35. Angela Reply

    March 24, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I love everything Mad Men, except Betty! I find her extremely annoying on the show and in RL when she is on any talk show. It probably doesn’t help that she is from my home state and really dissed South Dakota when she was on Letterman.
    Now that I got that off my chest, one of my favorite episode arcs is when Don goes to visit Anna and we find out that she is dying. I also liked the earlier episodes when Sal was still on and I hope he shows up again. The Kodak Carousel campaign was wonderful! My college aged daughter loves Joan, so for Christmas Santa brought her a pen necklace just like Joan wears all of the time! Can’t wait for Sunday!

  36. Teslaca Reply

    March 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Joan is my heroine! She always knows just how to call things.

  37. looloolooweez Reply

    March 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I am new to this site & super excited for this giveaway!

    It’s hard to pick just one favorite moment, but I’m going to have to go with Betty gunning down the neighbor’s birds. I mean, it was a totally bitchy thing to do, but… there she is, on the front lawn with a shotgun and a cig hanging out of her mouth. It made me think of some of my older relatives who’d have been about her age and who are rumored to have done similar things.

  38. Garnet Scarabin Reply

    March 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I love the episode in season one, where Betty Draper shoots at the neighbours doves because she he threatened to do something bad to their dog who was digging in his garden. And because she was frustrated with her life. I love how she smoked a cigarette and took pot shots at his birds, which he screamed and freaked out next door. Iconic!

  39. Netochka Nezvanova Reply

    March 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Can there be just one?

    If I must choose, then let it be Betty “fixing” the chair.

  40. Christy Woodall Reply

    March 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Pete! I like Pete. He’s smarmy and rude but he’s a great character.

  41. blackberry Reply

    March 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    ALL of season 2 is fantastic! The momentum picks up for all the characters, political issues of the time are in each show.

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