#1 bestselling Top Secret Recipes series with more than 4 million books sold!
Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars gobbling up meals at full-service restaurant chains, inspiring Todd Wilbur to change his focus from cracking the recipes for convenience store foods to cloning the popular dishes served at these sit-down stand-bys. Wilbur's knock-offs, absolutely indiscernible from the originals, are selected from national and regional chains, many drawn from a list of the top ten full-service restaurant chains, including Houlihan's, Red Lobster, and Pizza Hut. Also included in this savory cookbook is a special section devoted to dishes from hot theme restaurants such as Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and Dive! Recipes include: Applebee's Quesadillas; Denny's Moons Over My Hammy; Bennigan's Cookie Mountain Sundae; The Olive Garden Toscana Soup; The Cheesecake Factory Bruschetta; T.G.I.Friday's Nine-Layer Dip; Pizza Hut Original Stuffed Crust Pizza; Chi-Chi's Nachos Grande, and many more!
Recognizing that Americans spent $100 billion in 1996 dining at full-service restaurant chains, food writer Wilbur (Top Secret Recipes) has developed more than 100 knockoff recipes from such leading national chains as Applebee's, Denny's, Sizzler, Pizza Hut and Planet Hollywood. Convenience foods, simple directions and detailed drawings make these largely high-calorie offerings relatively easy for the home cook to duplicate. Surprisingly, this otherwise comprehensive collection does not include any alcoholic drink recipes to accompany spicy appetizers like Nachos Grande (from Chi-Chi's) and the Bloomin' Onion (from Outback Steakhouse). Some recipes are just basic home fare (e.g., California Turkey Sandwich, Cream of Broccoli Soup and French Toast). Others offer more innovation (e.g., Thai Chicken Pizza, Sweet Bourbon Salmon and Spicy Cajun Pasta). Desserts (e.g., Key Lime Cheesecake and Mountain High Mud Pie) round out the cookbook. Occasionally, Wilbur's overview of each restaurant and his use of brand-name ingredients sound suspiciously like advertising. But he generally maintains an amusing tone as he reproduces commercial fare for families hoping to bring some of the food, if not the atmosphere, of the strip into their own homes. Doubleday Book Club selection.
Wow, I'm not normally the spelling police, but for crying out loud this is terrible! Fluor, chiken, stri....I had to force my iPad to spell them wrong! We're talking multiple errors in the same recipe.
I've only tried one recipe so far. It was good, but not really restaurant caliber, but that could just be my cooking!
Love the recipes!
I bought this book when it first came out, and was determined to make every recipe in it. I have only made half or more, but most of the recipes are excellent. Some are great clones, and some are good, but not quite the same. I don't have the digital version of this book, but I really love my hard-copy version. The directions are clear, and have illustrations to help with the set up. Some recipes are more advanced than others, so it's good to take notes. Eventually, I will make every recipe in this book. It is my favorite cookbook.