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Top Secret Recipes--Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits, & Shakes: Creating Cool Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Drinks Paperback – January 29, 2002

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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 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I absolutely love the recipes that Todd Wilbur does. I find most of the recipes to be very good clones, with some to be either spot on or even better than the originals. Additionally, I love the fact that almost all of the recipes use ingredients that MOST everyday consumers would have in their homes, instead of rare & exotic ingredients that cost insane amounts of money & are only available for 2 weeks out of the year... In specific regional locations (Anyone who is more than a novice cook knows what I'm talking about here). I have since purchased at least 6 of Todd Wilbur's books & although a few of the books have duplicate recipes, I am very happy to keep experimenting with these wonderful & easy to follow recipes.
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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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Every recipe I have tried is true to quality and perfect to the restaurant recipe! I have a library full of his books. You'll not find a chef that gives you a better origin of the restaurant and it's recipes anywhere. All of his books are Five Star Plus!
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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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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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