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  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (7 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143914706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439147061
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Dec 2009
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Oh, Mr Douglas, I declare my undying love for you ... well, that may be going a little too far, but I do admire your work.

As a subscriber to your newsletter, and website, I had to wait the extra couple of months for this to become available here in the UK - but the wait was definitely worth it.

The author has used trial and error and research in order to reproduce some of America's most consumed restaurant and outlet food, and his investigating efforts have not been wasted.

The book index was the first thing that received intense scrutiny and the first recipe tried was the one for the famous southern fried chicken (KFC) and it's as spot on as you can get (with one alteration, explained below) without buying it from the outlet.

One difficulty for me was (because I am in England) I don't recognise most of the outlets listed, such as Applebees, Arby, Bullfish, etc, so it is hard for me to know if these recipes are anything like the dishes served in the restaurants. Of those dishes I have tried I have to say that I enjoyed them (mostly - there were a couple that weren't to my personal taste).

Another problem was the ingredients - I have had to research some of the ingredients in order to find alternatives available here in the UK - especially the US branded products. For example, the KFC recipe requires a product called "Accent" which I have discovered is Monosodium Glutamate powder (MSG) and not readily available in the UK (assuming that you would want to add MSG with its reported health side affects).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss L. McMaster on 8 Mar 2013
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Love this in Scotland its great to have recipes from all my fav places in America....made the Panda Express Orange chicken and it tasted just like the original....will be getting more of these books...
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No pictures and for example it does not tell you how much flower and which type of flower to use with KFC receipe
also the book does not tell you how to make KFC French fries !
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Mistakes!!! 31 Oct 2010
By Esmerelda - Published on
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I'm actually trying these recipes, and of 2 in progress, there are serious erros in each. Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf calls for "8 tablespoons(1/2 stick) butter". So which is it? 8 tablespoons(1 stick) or maybe it really means 1/2 stick,and it should be 4 tablespoons? (Seems to really be the 8 tablespoons). Baking time calls for 40-50 minutes; it took 60 minutes (my oven is reliable)Luckily, I'm a seasoned enough cook that I could reason these errors out.
Speaking of seasoned... I also have The Soup Natzi's Mexican Chicken Chilli on cooking. The recipe doesn't include one ounce of seasoning. No salt, no pepper, no chilli powder. Nothing. I'll make something up,but it's guaranteed that it won't be a clone of the original.
Oh, and I really bought this book for the Red Lobster cheese biscuit recipe. I've seen the version in this book many times. Much to my dissapointment, there's nothing new or different in this recipe.
This book gets 2 stars instead of 1, because the loaf and the 'chilli' (well, so far it's more chicken soup than chilli) both smell really great.
If you're a new cook, I'd advise you to stay away from this book. You'd get really bummed out when after all your hard work, the investment of all the ingredients and following a new recipe exactly, you end up with a end result that's not what you're expecting - and deserve!
36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Hold the cayenne 9 Sep 2009
By Peg B - Published on
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I have now made a few recipes from this book and would caution others: use your common sense when cooking these recipes. For instance, the author recommends 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in the mushroom tomato topping for Applebees's spinach pizza. I LOVE spicy food, but this could kill someone. The orange glazed chicken has twice as much sugar in the glaze as needed. It is cloying. Most of you out there will adjust other things I am sure. My advice: go with care.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Cool concept! Recreating restaurant recipes. . . . 8 Aug 2009
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on
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This is an interesting book. I have read others years ago that make a similar effort--to recreate restaurant recipes. I recall reading of efforts to recreate, for instance, the Big Mac some years back. But this volume stands on its own pretty doggone well.

The book begins by noting its approach--trying to reproduce recipes that people really like. The author, Ron Douglas, notes a benefit of this book--by providing recipes to readers, people can make their favorite dishes and save money in the process. I have eaten Fettuccine Alfredo at Olive Garden. The author notes that one would pay $11.95 for this at the restaurant, but only $4.28 if one makes it at home, quite a saving!

The book opens with helpful cooking tips, with guidelines for buying veggies, and laying out how long one can hold on to herbs/spices before they go stale or bad. But it is the recipes that are at the heart of this book. For example, Applebee's Baby Back Ribs. Ingredients: Ribs, ketchup, cider vinegar, dark brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, liquid smoke, and salt. Why just list ingredients? To compare with other rib recipes in this volume! Hard Rock Cafe's BBQ Ribs ingredients: water, liquid smoke, St. Louis ribs, chicken broth, ketchup, maple syrup, pepper, yellow mustard, dark brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, bay leaf, white vinegar, and orange juice. Some similarities--but also some interesting differences.

I make fried rice whenever I do a stir fry dinner. Benihana's recipe is different from mine. Many of the ingredients may be similar (e.g., mixed vegetables), but the process is different. I use the "Joy of Cooking" recipe--which is great! It calls for cooling the rice; the Benihana version does not. Thus, similar ingredients but a different process. That's part of the fun of looking at these recipes. Can I try something different and still come up with a good dish?

I make a decent Pasta e fagioli, but when I had a business meeting at Olive Garden, I had to concede that their version was better. How nice to see that recipe listed in this book! Next time I make this dish? I'll use the reconstructed Olive Garden menu.

And on it goes.

In the end, this is a fun concept. It is not original; others have made the effort before. But the recipes are doable and promise to produce good results.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Can I give a Wow! 23 Nov 2009
By Judy K. Polhemus - Published on
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Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I saw this cookbook, flipped through it, said Wow, and put it in the shopping cart! "America's Most Wanted Recipes: Delicious Recipes from Your Family's Favorite Restaurants" is one of those Must-Have cookbooks!

Except for the cover, there is not a single photo of a single recipe in this 267-page cookbook. Not one, yet one of the most important determiners of buying a cookbook is plenty of photos showing me how the prepared dish should look. In this case, however, photos are not needed. We already know what the dish looks like--it is from one of our favorite restaurants!

An example: MACORONI GRILL, one of my favorite restaurants, has eight recipes in the line-up, one of which is Sesame Shrimp, an Asian-inspired dish, as well as their recipe for Focaccia.

IHOP's Swedish Pancakes, one of only two dishes I always order, is included. Wow! (I don't order anything else because this is what I want every time!) Or Baked Potato Soup by HARD ROCK CAFE.

Basic information:
Over 200 recipes from 57 restaurants

A website which connects you with Ron Douglas's recipe website.
How Douglas obtained the recipes

A way to save money is to cook at home
Eating at home is often healthier than eating in restaurants through substitutions.

Three pages of cooking tips, including "For a juicier hamburger, add a little cold water to the beef before grilling" and "A roast with a bone in will cook faster than a boneless roast. The bone carries the heat to the inside more quickly."

Other pre-cooking topics include: Cooking terms, guidelines for buying fresh vegetables and fruits, description of flavor and use of various spices and herbs, and shelf life for herbs.

The index is most beneficial as well and includes measurements, recipes listed by category (they are arranged alphabetically by restaurant in the book proper), trademarks, and restaurant web sites (a favorite to be sure).

For a complete list of all restaurants and their recipes, refer to the first reviewer's review.

Here are a couple of teasers: CHILI'S Salsa, the SOUP NAZI's Crab Bisque and Cream of Sweet Potato Soup and one more, the famous Indian Mulligatawny Soup (you know, the Soup Nazi, as seen on Jerry Seinfeld), BOSTON MARKET's Meat Loaf, and one more: Meatbals by CARRABBA's ITALIAN GRILL.

No, just one more: My personal all-time favorite recipe in the world: OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE's Marinated Steak. Wow!

See, I told you this is a Wow cookbook!
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Restaurant tastes at home! 23 July 2009
By H. Nakaguchi - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have heard a huge buzz in media recently about Ron Douglas's book. I went out and bought a copy and my family loves when I use the recipes in the book. I have always wondered if I can make many of the dishes when I eat out and now I can. Great book with great results!
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