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Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2: More Amazing Clones of Famous Dishes from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains Paperback – December 26, 2006
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Wilbur, who's made a small cookbook empire deconstructing chain restaurant favorites, here introduces 150 new recipes from such well-loved eateries as The Cheesecake Factory, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse and Waffle House. Adopting a wily, covert-agent tone when discussing his research ("A couple plane rides, a bit of driving, some walking and a stumble or two later, I had a cooler full of Houston's goodies procured safely back at the underground lab"), and brings infectious enthusiasm for each dish to his insider-y recipe intros. The results are, for the most part, winning: Houston's Honey-Lime Vinaigrette is a refreshing blend of honey, citrus, and mustard; IHOP Harvest Grain 'n Nut Pancakes are crunchy and wholesome; and Red Lobster's tasty Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp comes with an addictive cilantro-ranch dipping sauce. But perhaps the most useful aspect of this cookbook is that it allows home cooks to lighten up their favorite artery-clogging dine-out dishes. Have a hankering for P.F. Chang's Spare Ribs but don't feel like consuming a cup of light corn syrup or four cups of vegetable oil? A quick study of the recipe reveals myriad ways to make the dish more simple, healthful and enjoyable right at home.
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Praise for Todd Wilbur #1 bestselling Top Secret Recipes series
"[Wilbur's] problem isn't that the recipes he's devised aren't good enough, it's that they're too good."—Entertainment Weekly
"There is something magically compelling about the idea of making such foods at home...The allure is undeniable, and [the books are] stuffed with tidbits and lore you're unlikely to find anywhere else. These probably come as close as you can get to the original recipes."—Boston Herald
"This is the cookbook to satisfy all your cravings."—Juli Huss, author of The Faux Gourmet
"The recipes are easy to follow and... by preparing your own versions of restaurant meals you will almost always save money."—Arizona Daily Star
"[Wilbur's] recipes use everyday supermarket ingredients to bring brand-name foods to the home kitchen. Perhaps not surprisingly, his recipes are not complex. If anything, they reflect how easy home cooking can be."—Star Tribune (Minneapolis--St. Paul)
"The assignment: Find out how to make the tasty Jack Daniels Grill Sauce used by T.G.I. Friday's restaurants. The client: Oprah Winfrey. The gumshoe: Todd Wilbur. Mission Impossible for even the most savvy food expert. But not so for Todd Wilbur, a crackerjack culinary sleuth."—Pocono Record
"Many of [Wilbur's] dishy imitations come, like a box of Cracker Jacks, with a surprise inside."—Mademoiselle
Top customer reviews
Some recipes are more complex than others, but generally, the ingredients are readily available and the instructions are easy to follow. So far, our favorites are The Cheesecake Factory's Avocado Egg Rolls, Chilis Chicken Tortilla Soup, and PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps. So far, we haven't made a recipe yet that doesn't please.