Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains

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In 1996, Americans spent over $100 billion gobbling up meals at full-service American restaurant chains, inspiring Todd Wilbur to change his focus from cracking the recipes for convenience store foods to cloning the popular dishes served at these sit-down stand-bys. Wilbur's knock-offs, absolutely indiscernible from the originals, are selected from national and regional chains, many drawn from a list of the top ten full-service restaurant chains, including Houlihan's, Red Lobster, and Pizza Hut. Also included in ...

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Overview

In 1996, Americans spent over $100 billion gobbling up meals at full-service American restaurant chains, inspiring Todd Wilbur to change his focus from cracking the recipes for convenience store foods to cloning the popular dishes served at these sit-down stand-bys. Wilbur's knock-offs, absolutely indiscernible from the originals, are selected from national and regional chains, many drawn from a list of the top ten full-service restaurant chains, including Houlihan's, Red Lobster, and Pizza Hut. Also included in this savory cookbook is a special section devoted to dishes from hot theme restaurants such as Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and Dive! Recipes include: Applebee's Quesadillas; Denny's Moons Over My Hammy; Bennigan's Cookie Mountain Sundae; The Olive Garden Toscana Soup; The Cheesecake Factory Bruschetta; T.G.I.Friday's Nine-Layer Dip; Pizza Hut Original Stuffed Crust Pizza; Chi-Chi's Nachos Grande, and many more! 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Recognizing that Americans spent $100 billion in 1996 dining at full-service restaurant chains, food writer Wilbur Top Secret Recipes has developed more than 100 knockoff recipes from such leading national chains as Applebee's, Denny's, Sizzler, Pizza Hut and Planet Hollywood. Convenience foods, simple directions and detailed drawings make these largely high-calorie offerings relatively easy for the home cook to duplicate. Surprisingly, this otherwise comprehensive collection does not include any alcoholic drink recipes to accompany spicy appetizers like Nachos Grande from Chi-Chi's and the Bloomin' Onion from Outback Steakhouse. Some recipes are just basic home fare e.g., California Turkey Sandwich, Cream of Broccoli Soup and French Toast. Others offer more innovation e.g., Thai Chicken Pizza, Sweet Bourbon Salmon and Spicy Cajun Pasta. Desserts e.g., Key Lime Cheesecake and Mountain High Mud Pie round out the cookbook. Occasionally, Wilbur's overview of each restaurant and his use of brand-name ingredients sound suspiciously like advertising. But he generally maintains an amusing tone as he reproduces commercial fare for families hoping to bring some of the food, if not the atmosphere, of the strip into their own homes. Doubleday Book Club selection. June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452275874
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 213,464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Top Secret Restaurant Recipes Introduction

Table for Two: The Restaurant Tale

Applebee's® Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Quesadillas Pizza Sticks®
Oriental Chicken Salad Club House Grill Tijuana "Philly" Steak Sandwich®

Benihana®
Hibachi Chicken and Hibachi Steak Dipping Sauces Japansese Fried Rice

Bennigan's®
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich California Turkey Sandwich Cookie Mountain Sundae®

Big Boy®
Cream of Broccoli Soup Original Double-Decker Hamburger Classic Club Sandwich

California Pizza Kitchen®
Original BBQ Chicken Pizza Thai Chicken Pizza Southwestern Burrito Pizza

The Cheesecake Factory®
Bruschetta Avacado Eggrolls Cajun Jambalaya Pasta Pumpkin Cheesecake Key Lime Cheesecake

Chi Chi's®
Nachos Grande Sweet Corn Cake Twice Grilled Barbecue Burrito Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream®

Chili's® Grill and Bar
Grilled Caribbean Salad Fajitas for Two Peanut Buttercup Cheesecake

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
Hash Brown Cassarole Eggs-in-the-Basket Chicken & Dumplings

Denny's®
Scram Slam®
Moons Over My Hammy®
The Super Bird®

Dive!®
Carrot Chips®
Sicilian Sub Rosa®
Brick Oven Mushroom and Turkey Cheese Sub S'mores®

Hard Rock Cafe®
Filet Steak Sandwich Grilled Vegetable Sandwich Famous Baby Rock Watermelon Ribs®
Orange Freeze

Hooters®
Buffalo Chicken Wings Buffalo Shrimp Pasta Salad

Houlihans's®
Houli Fruit Fizz®
'Shrooms®
Smashed Potatoes®

International House of Pancakes®
French Toast Cheese Blintz Banana Nut Pancakes Fajita Omelette

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon®
Amarillo Cheese Fries®
Black Bean Soup Texas Rice Sweet Bourbon Salmon

Marie Callender's®
Famous Golden Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie Banana Cream Pie

The Olive Garden®
Italian Salad Dressing Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip Toscana Soup Alfredo Pasta

Outback Steakhouse®
Bloomin' Onion®
Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp Walkabout Soup®
Alice Springs Chicken®

Perkins® Family Restaurants
Potato Pancakes Granny's Country Omelette®
Country Club Omelette

Pizza Hut®
Original Stuffed Crust Pizza TripleDecker Pizza

Planet Hollywood®
Pizza Bread Chicken Crunch®
Pot Stickers

Red Lobster®
Broiled Lobster Scallops and Bacon Stuffed Shrimp and Stuffed Mushrooms

Red Robin Burger & Spirits Emporium®
No-Fire Peppers®
BBQ Chicken Salad Mountain High Mudd Pie®

Ruby Tuesday®
Potato Cheese Soup Smokey Mountain Chicken Sonora Chicken Pasta Strawberry Tallcake® for Two

Ruth's Chris Steak House®
Barbecued Shrimp Petite Filet Creamed Spinach Potatoes Au Grain

Shoney's®
Country Fried Steak Slow-Cooked Pot Roast Hot Fudge Cake

Sizzler®
Cheese Toast Chicken Club Sandwich Southern Fried Shrimp

Stuart Anderson's Black Angus®
Cheesy Garlic Bread Western T-Bone Whiskey Pepper Steak

T.G.I. Friday's®
Potato Skins Nine-Layer Dip California Chargrilled Turkey Sandwich Spicy Cajun Chicken Pasta Friday's Smoothies®

Tony Roma's A Place for Ribs®
World Famous Ribs Original Baby Backs Carolina Honeys®
Red Hots®

Western Sizzlin'®
"Teriyaki" Chicken Breast

Bibliography

Trademarks

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    AWESOME!

    This book is fabulous! The Hooter's Buffalo Wings are excellent. My husband gave them 2 thumbs up. I'm looking forward to trying out the other recipes in this book. I'm definately going to buy the other books by Todd Wilbur.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    All seats down seat 2-4

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This was sent a gift to other members of the family.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    love it

    i have all three of these and love them

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!

    Todd Wilbur is a genius! Every recipe in this first edition is truly excellent. I own approximately 200 cookbooks and this one gets used at least one a week for family meals! The Alice Springs Chicken, Strawberry Tallcake, and Baked Potato Soup are a feast for the eyes and the palate! (I also make the crab stuffed mushrooms for cocktail parties--people can't get enough of them!) Wilbur also includes diagrams and step-by-step directions, so preparation and assembly are a snap. Interesting stories about the famous restaurants that inspire each dish are included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    A reviewer

    The recipes in the book are tasty and always a crowd pleaser. Big hits are Houlihan's Smashed Potatoes and Applebee's Pizza Sticks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    make it @ home for 1/2 the price!

    I enjoy this on those days when it's rainy out and you want the " feeling of out to dinner" but just don't want to go through the messy day. I have sent this book out as gifts to several people, who also enjoy it. I give it 4 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    This must be a joke

    I bought this for a friend thinking it was a joke, like the Elvis cookbook, but it turns out it's serious. You can actually learn to cook the generic, tasteless food served in chain restaurants. One would normally criticize a restaurant by saying it tastes like a Denny's. Here, that's actually the point.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2001

    Simply The Best!

    I discovered this cookbook while enjoying dinner at a friend's house. I was so eager to buy it, i ordered myself a copy for Christmas! It truly is a fun and exciting cookbook. I have made over half the recipes and have had huge success with all of them. My husband often asks, 'Where are we eating tonight? Applebee's, Cracker Barrel?', in reference to the restaurant's recipe I am preparing. The Tijuana Philly Cheese Steak is simply the best. You also cannot go wrong with the Shoney's Hot Fudge sundae cake. You will love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    Awesome Cookbook!

    This is a great cookbook! It gives detailed instructions. Also, there are outstanding recipes in it. Two thumbs up, three if that were possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    I would give it ten stars if I could.

    This is the best 'Restaurant' cookbook I have found yet. I tried the dessert dishes first. And now I can't wait to get home and make something else for my family to rave about. This book will make anyone feel like Le'Gourmet Chef. I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    Just........

    Just not as good as I thought definatley not a 5 star book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    Wonderful!

    It is a masterpiece! No more going out to eat. Tom Wilbur gives you every resturant secret you've always wanted. Resturants better watch out they are going to lose customers cause they will allbe eating at home!

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