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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452272998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452272996
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Todd Wilbur, the master of fast food replication, is back, and accompanying him are 37 new recipes. More Top Secret Recipes follows triumphantly in the footsteps of his first tryout with kitchen clones, Top Secret Recipes. Included in this new collection are recipes that fans steadfastly demanded--including A&W Root Beer and an easy concoction for creating the perfect Oreo in less than an hour. All that's needed for this magical cookie is cake mix, shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Simplicity is the key to success for all of Wilbur's duplicates--nothing more than simple ingredients and basic cooking skills are required. Other culinary clones include Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls, Little Caesar's Crazy Bread, and a divine recipe for Bailey's Original Irish Cream. Quirky diagrams of these tempting bites illustrate the book throughout. Snack time has never been this much fun! --Naomi Gesinger

From Booklist

America's love affair with fast food is once again addressed by Wilbur in his sequel to Top Secret Recipes. In response to readers, another 50 foods are dissected, probed, prodded, examined, and refashioned to create taste clones of such treats as Oreo cookies, M&M/Mars almond bar, Snapple ice tea, and McDonald's quarter pounder. Each recipe includes a brief history of the manufacturer and the specific foodstuff, as well as an engineering-like line drawing of the recipe's assembly. Simple directions are supported by the use of packaged or frozen food ingredients, such as pizza dough and canned kidney beans. At the beginning, the author addresses the low-fat versus junk-food controversy. Barbara Jacobs

More About the Author

Food hacker and host of CMT's "Top Secret Recipe," Todd Wilbur is the author of a series of unique cookbooks which reveal simple secret recipes for creating home versions of America's most popular brand-name foods. With over 5 million Top Secret Recipes books in print, Todd designs each recipe through careful research, trial-and-error, creative reverse-engineering, and obsession. Readers will not only be fascinated with the back stories and impressed with the accuracy of the formulas, but will also find that they can save money when recreating these signature dishes at home and will enjoy the ability to now customize their favorite foods to suit specific diets and health concerns.

Todd has appeared on numerous talk shows in the 24 years he has been cloning famous foods, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, Today Show, Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee, Good Morning America, Fox News, Rachael Ray, Maury, and The Food Network. Season 1 of "Top Secret Recipe" debuted on CMT in October, 2011. When not taste-testing recipes on himself, his wife, his friends, and TV talk show hosts, Todd is busy teaching his 3-year-old daughter how to identify herbs in a sauce at their home in Las Vegas, NV.

Customer Reviews

Make imposters that taste just like the real thing.
amyr
After having success with this cookbook, I ordered all the rest of his books, and have tried many of his clones with delight!
andre jones
Example famous cinnamon rolls, made them so many times!
Paula K Fout

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Austin on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the first book so I figured I was bound to enjoy the second book and yes, I did. Although this book had more cookies and candy than regular meals, I truly enjoyed it and tried some of the recipes like the Arby's Sauce and Nabisco's Nutter Butter cookies. (No, I didn't make the silly peanut shape. Yes, they tasted just like the real thing.) I see that some reviewers were hoping for more main course stuff which Todd Wilbur supplied in his Top Secret Restaurant Recipes. If you are looking for snack stuff, this book is great and up your alley. If you are looking for main courses, you won't enjoy this book as much.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John H. Henderson VINE VOICE on August 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
If the poor condition of the library copy is any indication, More Top Secret Recipes is a very popular book!

Todd Wilbur has a number of books, and it can be a little confusing sorting them out. There are three "Top Secret Recipes" books, Top Secret Recipes, More Top Secret Recipes (this book) and Even More Top Secret Recipes. These books focus on what Wilbur calls "convenience foods." That is, most packaged sweets and fast food. He also has a book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes, in which he attempts to duplicate the foods of mostly casual dining restaurants like Chili's and Applebee's. He also has a book solely on drinks.

Wilbur explains in the Introduction of More Top Secret Recipes that these are not the actual recipes used by restaurants, and he did not obtain them through bribery, theft other illegal or illicit means. He starts with the ingredient list on packages of food and modifies the relative amounts, or with fast food, tries to identify the ingredients by taste. He admits that the real producers of these foods often use custom ingredients unavailable to the consumer, and that the goal was to match the texture and flavor of the food, and appearance is secondary.

So why try to clone commercially-available food? In both More Top Secret Recipes and Even More Top Secret Recipes, the author mentions availability. Some of the foods are regional, and you may not get them where you live. In the introduction to More Top Secret Recipes, he gives a list of reasons including low cost and curiosity. I'm not so sure about the cost argument, since a dozen Three Musketeers had $5 of chocolate chips in it alone, but the curiosity is what applied to me. I just wanted to know, "Can I really duplicate these commercial foods at home?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Don't get me wrong: Todd Wilbur's cookbooks are fun with a capital "F", but if you expect to re-create fast foods and chain-restaurant favorites in your own kitchen using his books, you're in for a nasty surprise. Unless, of course, you already possess a fair amount of kitchen common sense. For example, if you try to fry his "Dunkin Donuts" at the recommended temperature of 350 degrees, you WILL end up with pumpernickel bread in less than 2 minutes (try 280 degrees, instead). Should you follow his recipe for the Olive Garden's Soupa Toscana, what you end up with is a muddy kale & potato mess after 2 hours of boiling, with separated cream on top (contrary to his recipe, simmer for just 30 minutes instead of 2 hours, and add the cream at the end instead of the beginning. Also, use half of his recommended amount of red pepper flakes). If you add the 2 cups of water that's called for in his recipe for Wendy's Chili, what you will get is a thin tomato & bean soup, not chili; skip the water, and the chili comes out very good. Enlist the services of a psychic if you try to make Hostess Twinkies, because his list of ingredients at the beginning of the recipe is different from what he describes in the actual recipe itself. I don't regret buying his books, but keep in mind that just as Todd Wilbur had to play detective in "breaking" these recipes, so will the reader who tries to reproduce them, because they serve as loose guidelines at very best. You will have to do some gumshoe work as well, if you expect these recipes to work. But hey, at least he gives us somewhere to start. And it is fun! Oh yeah, the Oreo cookies are pretty close to the real thing, by the way.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By andre jones on November 13, 1999
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I live out of town where they don't deliver pizza, and I have made the Pizza Hut Stuffed Pizza many times with great results....sometimes it tastes better than the original! After having success with this cookbook, I ordered all the rest of his books, and have tried many of his clones with delight! I am waiting for another cookbook with bated breath.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
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I have tried a # of recipies from all of his books, and let me tell you they are great! It is worth the $8 and so much more. I hope that you buy it because you won't be disapointed, the best part is that he gives great directions filled with pictures, for those simple, know nothing cooks, like me. Try it you'll love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
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I love the Top Secret Recipe books!! Every recipe I have tried have become favorites.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on April 28, 2000
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I guess it came down to why would I make Oreo cookies when I can buy the real thing? The choices in this book were very basic and not recipes for meals as the first one was. I would not recommend buying it at all.
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