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In the seventh installment of his Top Secret Recipes series, the king of "clone cuisine" offers homecooks the chance to recreate almost 100 convenience foods, from the sandwiches and sauces traditionally found on fast food menus to the cookies and candy bars available ready-made on supermarket shelves. For people who prefer their food to bear trademarks, Wilbur's book is a gold mine of information: divulged here are the building blocks of KFC Extra Crispy Chicken, Drake's Devil Dogs, French's Classic Yellow Mustard, Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints and Kraft Thousand Island Dressing. Wilbur provides a little history along with his hints, too: before imparting the secret to Boston Market Meatloaf (complete, as most recipes are, with a very official-looking diagram of the dish), he briefly traces the company's shifting fortunes (quick expansion and a name change had the company filing for bankruptcy in 1998; McDonald's later purchased the chain and made it profitable again). Why labor over a burger that can be cheaply purchased virtually anywhere, some readers will wonder, and why hand-produce a candy bar that's already mass-produced? It's best not to ponder such obvious questions, and better just to enjoy this book for what it is: an oddball project with a few solid recipes for treats like snickerdoodles and stuffing, and a lot of kitsch appeal.
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (December 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452283191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452283190
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.6 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John H. Henderson VINE VOICE on August 1, 2004
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If the poor condition of the library copy is any indication, Even 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 I have to sacrifice two boxes of Macaroni and Cheese to make half a box of Cheese Nips, but the curiosity is what applied to me.
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I own all of the Top Secret books from Tood Wilbur, and this one is the absolute worst of the series. Contains repeats from previous books, and some from his website. A few new, but I was not impressed. If you are new to the Top Secret series, I would recommend the Restaurant Recipes, and the Soda/Smoothies one. They are the best of the series.
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This is a superb way to duplicate some of your favorite snack items like Cinnabon CinnabonStix , KFC Honey BBQ Wings, and Cheese Nips. I've tried several recipes and all of them came out great.

The Boston Market Meatloaf, one of my favorite take-out foods, was right on the money. I also recreated Cheese Nips and got them to taste just like the original, though the color was off slightly. The KFC wings were perfect and delicious (as is his cloned recipe of KFC original recipe chicken in an earlier boook). The recipe for Devil Dogs came out as dry as the actual Devil Dogs you can get in a store. So I made a few slight changes and produced a wonderfully moist version. They're also good with a chocolate glaze and/or a chocolate cream filling.

That's one of the reasons why people want to have these recipes even though you can buy most of these products quite easily. We like to make slight changes or additions that make them more fun. I've made Twinkies with a ton of different fillings, extra-large thin mints, Cinnabon buns with chocolate chips, and a host of other personal variations of popular dishes. It's for cooks who like to have fun. I recommend this highly, along with all of his other books.
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I love all of Todd Wilbur's books of copycat recipes, and this one is terrific. All the recipes I have tried have been great. Why go to the trouble to make these recipes when you can buy the prepared foods? The reason I do it is so that I can enjoy the taste I love without all the preservatives, artificial flavors, food colorings, etc. -- I know what's in my food! Wilbur even gives schematics for assembling foods, so that my copycat can look like the real thing.
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These recipes cover common brand-name favorites which are now reproducible in the home kitchen, from Girl Scout cookies and Cinnabon to candy bars and Wendy's chicken filet sandwich. Even More Top Secret Recipes will prove particularly intriguing to fans of brand name items and fast foods, who will enjoy the dash of humor added to the recipes and food descriptions.
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By A Customer on January 13, 2003
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This book has absolutely fantastic recipes - all the favorites and then some! My husband and I make a lot of these "clones" regularly. Particular hits are the KFC Honey BBQ wings and the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake. Great for get-togethers or when you're having a craving at home.
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If your family loves those delicacies from the Fast Food shops then this is the book for you. I have purchased this book a couple times before, and when my sons moved out they each took a copy with them.
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I haven't tried any of the other clone recipes but was mostly interested in the recipe for Auntie Anne's type pretzels. Of the various recipes I've tried so far that claimed to be clones of Auntie Anne's pretzels this one came closest, though I did make a change. I followed his recipe except that instead of ordinary white table sugar I used a 50/50 combination of confectioner's sugar and brown sugar. I used King Arthur bread flour, rather than ordinary all-purpose flour. The bread flour contains the malted barley which is important to get the flavor of the pretzels right.
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