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Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains [Paperback]

Todd Wilbur
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June 9 1997
In 1996, Americans spent over $100 billion gobbling up meals at full-service American 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! 

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Long before scientists in Scotland cloned Dolly the sheep, Todd Wilbur was hard at work replicating recipes from some of America's favorite restaurant chains. Armed with Ziploc bags for transporting leftovers and plenty of questions for his servers, Wilbur has combined the skills of a private eye and a research scientist to devise the tasty clones included in Top Secret Restaurant Recipes. Wilbur honed his technique on convenience food, creating exact duplicates of everything from a Big Mac to a Twinkie; in this book, however, he sets his sights on slightly more sophisticated fare. Within these pages you'll find sure-fire recipes for such chain favorites as Hard Rock Cafe's Famous Baby Rock Watermelon Ribs, Cheese Blintzes from the International House of Pancakes, and The Olive Garden's Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip. Denny's, Shoney's, The Cheesecake Factory, and Pizza Hut are just a few of the many chain restaurants from which popular menu items have been "cloned." So the next time you have a hankering for Tony Roma's World Famous Ribs or a slice of Red Robin's Mountain High Mud Pie, don't bother to go out--instead, eat in with Top Secret Restaurant Recipes.

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As restaurant chains proliferate, their food expresses a culinary Gresham's law: bad food drives out good. Wilbur, building on the popularity of his books revealing McDonald's Big Mac special sauce and Twinkies' filling, continues to plumb the shallows of chain-restaurant cooking. Here he tells the home cook how to make favorite dishes from such popular chains as Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe, and dozens more. What Wilbur cleverly uncovers are legal constructs more than culinary creations (witness the blizzard of trademark bullets appearing next to virtually every name). Wilbur's blueprint diagrams of food add to a perception of these comestibles as food engineering. Nevertheless, this book will be eagerly sought by library patrons delving for just the sort of chain-restaurant secrets Wilbur unveils. Mark Knoblauch

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great cookbook to add to your collection Feb. 20 2004
This is a fun cookbook. I have tried to copy things I have eaten from restuarants and never was able to copy it right. I love the the IHOP cheese blintz and couldnt for the life of me figure out what was in the middle. Now with this book I am able to make it myself. That recipe alone for me made the book worthwhile. I am going to try the bloomin onion next. It even tells you how to cut the onion. This is just a fun cookbook to have whether you are a professional chef or a dont know how to even boil water. The one negative about the book is the paper its printed on. It would never survive a spill. I tend to have more spills or splatters on my cookbooks because they are right in front of me as I am using them. This one I will have to be more careful with because it wont be able to take it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for dieters... March 18 2004
By A Customer
This book is similar to all the other ones out there. Not really anything that sets it apart from the rest. if you're on a diet, I would definitely steer clear of this book. Many of the recipes seem to be high in fat and calories.
The recipes are easy to follow but I would have to say that the best one in the whole book is the recipe for the Olive Garden's Italian dressing. Delicious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Très intéressant :-) Dec 27 2008
By Markyoloup TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ceci est un de mes préférée dans la collection de Top Secret Recipes de Todd Wilbur. J'ai fait quelques-unes des recettes du livre... un succès.
Je suis très content de posseder ce livre de recette.
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By Nicole
I thumbed through this book and asked my sister-in-law if I could copy down a recipe. I soon realized I was going to need to purchase one for myself. The step-by-step thorough instructions and the detailed diagrams insure success. The witty commentary adds a spicy element that typical glossy and gourmet cookbooks lack. This book could make any "foody" nostalgic for the comfort food showcased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great clones July 27 2003
By A Customer
The recipes I've tried from this book have been great. One you can not miss out on is the recipe for Hooters wings--it's fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got them on the Dot! March 23 2003
I've recently tried a lot of recipes off websites that claim they have the recipes. They didn't turn out that well. I bought this book a couple weeks ago and EVERYTHING I've made came out PERFECT. I totally recommend this book to those who love to eat restaurant-style. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great clones Nov. 7 2002
This book contains over 100 recipes, easy-to-make clones of many restaurants' famous specialties. These include Outback's Bloomin' Onion (reading the recipe made me sure I would rather have the restaurant make it!); Benihana's Hibachi Chicken and Steak with their dipping sauces included and delicious Japanese Fried Rice; Cracker Barrel's Eggs in a Basket; and Toscana Soup from the Olive Garden--yummy.
I especially loved the diagrams the author included...for example, the exact size of the slice of bread for IHOP French Toast; a sample, to scale, of the size of a chunk in mashed potatoes; and the layout of the layers that go into the hard Rock Cafe's Grilled Veggie Sandwich, which is easy and good.
"Tidbits", included at the ends of some recipes, contain valuable information, such as how to make a "lite" version of the recipe; specifics as to special ingredients needed; shortcuts; and substitutes for ingredients.
This is a fun cookbook that would make a great gift for people who like brand name restaurants.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not all that. Aug. 21 2002
By A Customer
I have some of Gloria Pitzer books so maybe that is why I didn't like this book.Mr Wilbur thinks the secret to KFC is MFG, no way. Maybe it is just me but, when I buy a cook book I don't want a lot of talk and a lot pictures, I know how to put a hamburger together. Don't buy this book it is a waste of your time and money.
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