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Product Details

  • Series: Top Secret Recipes
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 Original edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Todd Wilbur is the top-selling QVC cookbook author who’s been cloning recipes since the 1980’s. He’s the author of nine top secret recipes books. He’s toured extensively for his books, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, among others. He lives in Las Vegas with his family.

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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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Customer Reviews

Very informative, easy reading.
Vincent Martucci
I love this book- its so great to impress my friends/ family with restaurant quality meals at home!!
Hungry Vegas Lady
The recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients that one actually has access to.
Elizabeth

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 25, 2009
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Ready to save a trip to the fast food joint while saving a bit of money? Todd Wilbur writes another book chock-full of clone recipes that can be fixed using every day ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards.

Have a yen for a Sonic burger then you'll find the recipe in this book. Are you wanting a cool McDonald's Sweet Iced Tea? You'll find a recipe for this tasty beverage. Trying to lose a few pounds and would love to have a Weight Watcher's friendly muffin? The Weight Watcher's Banana Muffin clone recipe is in this book.

Here's a brief run down of some of the clone recipes included in Wilbur's newest cookbook:

* Arby's Horsey Sauce
* Bisquick All-Purpose Baking Mix
* Boston Market Garlic Dill New Potatoes
* Burger King Zesty Onion Ring Sauce and Onion Rings recipe
* Carl's Jr. Six Dollar Burger
* Chick-Fil A Honey Roasted Barbecue Sauce
* Chipolte Mexican Grill Barbacoa Burrito
* Del Taco Fish Taco
* Fritos Hot Bean Dip
* Heinz Premium Chili Sauce
* Hellman's Best Food Mayonnaise
* Jack in the Box Pumpkin Pie Shake
* Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage
* KFC Cajun Wings
* Kozy Shack Rice Pudding
* Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts
* Lipton Brisk Iced Tea
* Maid-Rite Loose Meat Sandwich
* McDonald's Cinnamon Minis
* Old Bay Seasoning
* Popeye's Buttermilk Biscuits
* Skyline Chili
* The Soup Nazi's Crab Bisque
* Starbucks Gingerbread Latte
* Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar
* Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese
* Subway Sweet Onion Sauce
* Taco Bell Baja Sauce
* Wendy's Garden Sensations Mandarin Chicken Salad

What I really like about cookbooks such as this as I can prepare the recipes at home which helps save money.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lauri Williams on November 29, 2009
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I have most, if not all, of Todd Wilbur's books and I have not had a bad recipe yet. This new book is great because it has all new recipes and recipes you will use regularly--like Lawry's and Old Bay seasonings. I can't wait to try the McDonald's Cinnamon Melts. If they are as good as Todd Wilbur's Cinnabon recipe, I know they will be excruciating delicious! I also can't wait to try the Starbuck's cranberry bar, lemon cake and pumpkin bread recipes.

This guy must have very particular taste buds because he hits the nail on the head in his cloning practices time and again. If you can get your grubs on two of his other books, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes and Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2, you will keep yourself busy making delicious recipes forever without incurring the cost of eating out. All are must have books!
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Christi Jeffries on December 2, 2009
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I'm a big fan of Todd Wilbur's cookbooks. My disappointment here was with the number of recipes that are already in his other books. I shelled out $24 bucks earlier in the year for the QVC book because they were supposed to be "exclusives". Now several of these show up this book 6 months later. I also prefer the restuarant recipes to the other recipes but how many hamburger "recipes" do you need. There's like 4 or 5 in here just describing how to do the toppings. This was very disappointing to me. My advice would be to look at the index before purchasing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Kirkland VINE VOICE on February 21, 2010
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For those readers whose New Year's Resolution is to save money this year, Todd Wilbur's new cookbook, Top Secret Recipes Unlocked, is a godsend. The cookbook gives the average person the tools to recreate their favorite restaurant offerings at home, allowing them to save money and impress those they are cooking for.

The cookbook is broken down by restaurants. Some of the restaurants represented include Panera Bread, Boston Market, Burger King, Carnegie Deli, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Outback, KFC, Starbucks, Taco Bell and even Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Each recipe is given a page, with a paragraph preceding it that gives any tips that let the chef overcome any challenges. Many recipes are followed by a section called Tidbits that give further tips and things to consider. The recipes are clearly written and easy to follow.

This book is recommended for all readers, especially those who are cooks. Living in the hometown of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, I'm not sure anyone else can duplicate those heavenly treats, but most of the recipes are well within the expertise of the average person. Using these recipes is a great way to impress friends invited over for a meal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah E. Bergstrom on April 22, 2010
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Are you kidding me...Ah-ma-zing!!! I loved Top Secret Recipes Unlocked: All New Home Clones of America's Favorite Brand-name Foods. I am not the best cook to start with...but Todd's recipes are so easy to follow that I feel like I'm a Chef! It is so fun to be able to make all of these tasty treats whenever I want to. Thanks Todd for making cooking easy, fun and mostly....Delicious...Yum!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2010
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I ordered three of his books, this one was by far the best. Most of the recipes really are better than you get at the restaurant. Honestly the donut recipe is more trouble then its worth. But the smoothie and chedar biscuits turned out great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Brown on June 8, 2010
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Lots of recipes, with detailed drawings on how and where to arrange the components of the food, so your end result will be just like those delicious menu items at your favorite restaurants.
Lots of recipes, plenty of information, so you understand what you're cooking, and how it will look, when finished.
I got this for one of my grown children, because they plan menus at a local restaurant. I was told this is a very useful book, by her! The chef!
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