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Todd Wilbur has made a career out of his Top Secret Recipes series, dissecting popular recipes from America's favorite restaurant chains and presenting the results to eager home cooks. Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits, and Shakes continues the theme, offering homemade approximation recipes to satisfy the craving and expectations of the thirsty reader looking for a brand-name fix. Wilbur presents a host of potables to create at home, including sodas such as 7-Up and A&W root beer, brand mixtures such as Orange Julius, and even signature adult drinks from a variety of restaurant chains including Chili's, Hard Rock Cafe, and Red Lobster. But Wilbur offers more than just the genetic code to these concoctions: he provides interesting anecdotes on the origin of the beverages as well as humorous, but necessary, warnings about the various alcohol-infused drinks included. He's even dedicated a chapter to the home version of popular (and expensive) spirits such as Bailey's Irish Cream and Grand Marnier. For convenience and economy, this addition to the Top Secret collection offers a truly satisfying alternative, saving readers a trip to Starbucks for that addictive Frappuccino. --Teresa Simanton

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"The mission: Decode the secret recipes for America's favorite junk foods. Equipment: Standard kitchen appliances. Goal: Leak the results to a ravenous public." - USA Today
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (January 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452283183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452283183
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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DJM
If you are a Top Secret Recipe fan, this is a must have or even if you are just looking for a new recipe book for beverages, try this one.
Donna Caldwell
The recipes look fun, but I was disappointed to find that many of the recipes are duplicated in the books.
GA Homeschoolers

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Donna Caldwell on May 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the fact that I LOVE all of the Top Secret Recipe books published and this one has to be in the top 3. Everything I've tried, my family and I have loved. One of my personal favorites is the [blended coffee drink]. However, the other drinks are just as good.
If you are a Top Secret Recipe fan, this is a must have or even if you are just looking for a new recipe book for beverages, try this one. I know you won't regret it. :)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2003
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I love this book! Almost all of the recipes I WILL use! I have tried a few and they came out so well. You won't regret buying this book if you love restraunt drinks. The variety of drinks is so great... shakes, refreshing drinks, cocktails, and making your own liquers. yummy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GA Homeschoolers on January 31, 2013
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I saw this guy on youtube and was so impressed I ordered several of his books. The recipes look fun, but I was disappointed to find that many of the recipes are duplicated in the books. I really only needed the Treasury of Top Secret Recipes. So if you're only looking for drink recipes, this is great, but if you want the drinks with other stuff too, then get the other. You don't need both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jim pickens on January 24, 2010
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Everything from Coca Cola to a Mai Tai from shamrock shake to a margarita is covered. That's right all the chains most popular shakes, smoothies, sodas, and spirits are covered and can be made without the chemicals, preservatives ect. These recipes are easy and cheap to do and you will be surprised as just how simple allot of them are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Stakem on August 14, 2013
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A lot of great recipes. The ones i have tried taste exactly like the ones in the restaurant. Great recipe book for my collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJM on April 25, 2013
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Easy to read. Easy to follow. Recipes are very close taste to everyone's favorites. Should be fun to try each recipe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tinarenee Albert on December 17, 2013
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My husband LOVES this book. He enjoys making his own liquor and this book has all the tips and tricks.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zoo on November 6, 2012
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I picked this up with a few other newer soda books because I own a SodaStream and their natural syrups are overpriced. These recipes are mimicking the actual name-brand colas so it is not surprising that Corn Syrup and other "very bad for you ingredients" are included in the recipes. Not surprising, but a wee bit frightening. After all, I think we can all pretty much agree that the products the recipes are copying are not exactly healthy for us.

The recipes are very simple, and I plan on substituting a few healthier ingredients where I can. I mainly purchased this because it was very cheap used and I am working on ideas for my own syrups.

I recommend the Artisan Soda book as well.
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