'Mad Men' books hit shelves

Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:00 PM Written by 

mad_men_cookbook_blog"Mad Men" returns Sunday night -- review in tomorrow's Tuned In column; feature in Sunday Magazine this weekend -- and in advance of it publishers are releasing several "Mad Men" themed books, including:

"The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants of 'Mad Men'" ($16.95, Smart Pop) by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin: Yes, there are recipes for cocktails (mai tai, Irish coffee, Sidecar) but there are also some food options, including Oysters Rockefeller, that come with a mini-history lesson that also references a scene from the show. The book also includes a list of restaurants, "Mad Men" haunts, in Manhattan.

Read more, including Comcast "Mad Men" viewing opportunities, after the jump. ...

mad_men_shrink_book_blog"Mad Men on the Couch: Analyzing the Minds of the Men and Women of the Hit  TV Show" ($14.99, Thomas Dunne Books) by Dr. Stephanie Newman: A clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst puts the TV show's fictional characters on her couch: "We see over and over again that what Don cannot control makes him feel desperate and anxious." Chapter titles include "The Culture of Narcissism," "Sex, Drugs and Johnnie Walker" and "Sexism and Misogyny."

real_mad_men_book_blog"The Real Mad Men: The Renegades of Madison Avenue and the Golden Age of Advertising" ($28, Running Press) by Andrew Cracknell: A chronicle of what it was really like to work in the ad business in the 1960s.

If that's not enough "Mad Men" for you, Comcast has some viewing opportunities for the show and other premiums cable series coming up. Here's the release:

·         Season 5 of Mad Men premieres Sunday, and for the entire season Comcast will have the episode that airs on AMC on Sunday night available the next day on Xfinity On Demand and on XfinityTV.com. This is the first time we’ll have the most-current episodes of the series available on XfinityTV.com, which requires you to be a customer.

·         One difference to note, however, is for the first two episodes. Those will be available to a national audience on XfnityTV.com, meaning anyone, both customers and non-customers, can visit the site to watch.

·         In preparation for the April 8 Showtime debuts of Nurse Jackie, The Big C and The Borgias, Xfinity TV will have the first episode from each of these series two weeks BEFORE the linear premiere. These episodes will be available to a national audience, meaning anyone, customer or not, can view them on XfinityTV.com beginning March 26. ALL Xfinity customers will also be able to view the series on Xfinity On Demand and through the Xfinity TV app, even if they are not Showtime subscribers.

·         Xfinity TV will have the first three episodes of the new original series from Starz, Magic City, one week in advance of the series premiere on April 6.  These episodes will be available to a national audience on Xfinity On Demand, XfinityTV.com and through the Xfinity TV app starting on 3/31.

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