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More Top Secret Recipes: More Fabulous Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Foods Paperback – November 1, 1994
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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?Read more ›
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I bought this just for the cinnamon roll recipe. It's the best cinnamon roll recipe I've ever come across. Everyone loves them when I make them. Truly great!Published 13 days ago by Gracie
I am enjoying using these recipes and I received the book in good time. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Linda Mayo
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If you have every wondered what the recipes were for your favorite eating places this book does not fail! I have the other 3 books and I knew I needed this one too! Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Elaine Lamle
Amazing recipes,tastes just like the real thing. Example famous cinnamon rolls, made them so many times! Ordered almost everyone of authors cookbooks,Published on February 17, 2013 by Paula K Fout
These books are great. Make imposters that taste just like the real thing. cant go wrong. Love these books. Well worth the purchase.Published on November 3, 2011 by amyr