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America's Most Wanted Recipes: Delicious Recipes from Your Family's Favorite Restaurants Paperback – 7 Jul 2009
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About the Author
Ron Douglas is a former finance director at JP Morgan and founder of the #1 copycat recipe website, RecipeSecrets.com. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
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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).
Some of the ingredients are available but harder to find, I recommend filling in those suggestion and request cards at the supermarkets or trying a specialist outlet - one of the ingredients which was a problem for me was buttermilk, but I was able to discover an outlet eventually.
Mr Douglas points out how much cheaper it is to cook these dishes yourself, but he misses the sense of self-achievement you get when you produce a delicious tasting meal. He also forgets cooking the dishes yourself gives you the ability to ensure that they are not eating anything that they may be allergic to.
It may only be a minor point, but there are no photographs of the final dishes in the book, and considering that we eat with our eyes when using a recipe book (especially if we have no experience of the dish in question) it might have been better to include a few small pictures for those of us who have never seen them.
Overall I have enjoyed this recipe book and I am sure that I will return to it many times in the future.
However, the benefit that this does have is that it's far more genuine and feels more realistic and authentic The KFC type chicken isn't quite the same, but the recipe is good and it's already a favourite :) The TGI Friday and Taco Bell recipes are also recommended
It's very easy to follow and there is a brief terminology on how to cook the foods, tips on healthy eating and substitutions - they are obvious mostly but it's useful to have in one place.
Good price for some great menus - recommended