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30 review for America's Most Wanted Recipes: Delicious Recipes from Your Family's Favorite Restaurants

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    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 pro 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    I cook out of this book REGULARLY. Great piece of work. I even enjoy the "KFC close as I can knock off" even though I don't have the supposedly needed pressure fryer all recipes insist on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Peterson

    Love the meat loaf recipe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Jacobs

    I am on a small kick of finding cookbooks to stock in my kitchen that I can rely on when needing that perfect recipe. I am in no way a great cook. Most of the time, my kids look at anything I cook and wonder if they will survive the night if they eat it. So on the quest to not only learn how to cook properly, I am also looking for recipes that recreate some of the favorites we eat when we go out to dinner. Not a simple task. There were a few good looking recipes in this book that held promise. Th I am on a small kick of finding cookbooks to stock in my kitchen that I can rely on when needing that perfect recipe. I am in no way a great cook. Most of the time, my kids look at anything I cook and wonder if they will survive the night if they eat it. So on the quest to not only learn how to cook properly, I am also looking for recipes that recreate some of the favorites we eat when we go out to dinner. Not a simple task. There were a few good looking recipes in this book that held promise. The T.G.I. Fridays Honey Mustard Dressing and the IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes looked fairly easy and tasted pretty close to the secret recipes of the famous restaurants. There aren’t that many recipes though in this book that I would be searching for. I also noticed that though I am familiar with most of the establishments mentioned in this book, it is favored to certain areas and not everyone would know the restaurants. While I enjoyed browsing through the recipes, I will have to pass on keeping this one on my kitchen cookbook shelf. It is not one I would use often enough to practice with or to even reference in the future for meals.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nan

    I really love to read cookbooks. They are so interesting. This time for our Memorial Day meal 2010 we all picked out recipes to try. We had appetizers, salads and then the main course, in fact two of them. Everyone had to follow the recipes they chose. Our neighbors plus family joined in this fun way to make a great potluck meal. Some were familar with the named/cloned resturant recipes and enjoyed reading about them. Our meal was wonderful and our next potluck we are planning on following some I really love to read cookbooks. They are so interesting. This time for our Memorial Day meal 2010 we all picked out recipes to try. We had appetizers, salads and then the main course, in fact two of them. Everyone had to follow the recipes they chose. Our neighbors plus family joined in this fun way to make a great potluck meal. Some were familar with the named/cloned resturant recipes and enjoyed reading about them. Our meal was wonderful and our next potluck we are planning on following some Chinese recipes from an old book that I have.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This wasn't my favorite cookbook. For some reason I thought I'd want to cook recipes normally ordered out. Turns out I really don't. Popeye's spicy fried chicken was not in the book. Now that's a recipe I'd want. They only offered 2 rice dishes from Popeyes. I did make their recipe for cajun rice, it's not my fave but hubby loves it and said it was great. A lot of chinese (I will stick with take out, I've tried and failed). Pasta I can cook with both eyes closed and a hand tied behind my back :) This wasn't my favorite cookbook. For some reason I thought I'd want to cook recipes normally ordered out. Turns out I really don't. Popeye's spicy fried chicken was not in the book. Now that's a recipe I'd want. They only offered 2 rice dishes from Popeyes. I did make their recipe for cajun rice, it's not my fave but hubby loves it and said it was great. A lot of chinese (I will stick with take out, I've tried and failed). Pasta I can cook with both eyes closed and a hand tied behind my back :) The rest just didn't appeal to me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tamra

    There were a few recipes in here that I'm excited to try like the two cheesecake recipes from The Cheesecake Factory that don't seem terribly hard to make. But there were also a lot of recipes in here from restaurants we don't have here in Utah and that I'd never heard of before so being able to make their food wasn't all that thrilling. However, I did like the fact that the majority of the recipes seemed fairly simple made with every-day ingredients you can find at the local supermarket. I LIKE There were a few recipes in here that I'm excited to try like the two cheesecake recipes from The Cheesecake Factory that don't seem terribly hard to make. But there were also a lot of recipes in here from restaurants we don't have here in Utah and that I'd never heard of before so being able to make their food wasn't all that thrilling. However, I did like the fact that the majority of the recipes seemed fairly simple made with every-day ingredients you can find at the local supermarket. I LIKE that!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I wasn't very impressed with this book. I liked the idea of trying to recreate restaurant dishes at home to save money, but the recipes included didn't seem like anything worth recreating at home. I only found a few that seemed worth the time and effort. Also, the book doesn't contain any pictures, which seems sort of odd for a cookbook.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    I will stop almost anything to read a good cookbook. I have been obsessed with them practically all my life. The title of this one grabbed me immediately. The problem with it is that I have all of Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Recipe books. This book is mainly the same thing. There are a few new recipes but otherwise not as good as Wilbur.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Glennis

    Neither good nor bad, this book is a collection of short-cut, this is how we'd do it in your kitchen, recipes from prominent chain restaurants. I could relate to about half of them...we're so cosmopolitan here! LOL! Still...I can see me reaching for the quick-few ingredient marinades in some of these recipes!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    I will try some of these recipes (especially the Applebee's Tomato Basil Soup). LOVE that soup! But a lot of these recipes are from restaurants I've never heard of. Must be a regional thing. I'm feeling a little left out up here in New England. :(

  12. 4 out of 5

    angrykitty

    i'm not going to lie....the recipe i bought this for was the el pollo loco chicken recipe, and i'm pretty sure it's not right as it's pretty similar to a recipe i got off the internet that didn't work...still, there seems to be some other interesting looking recipes....

  13. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Applebee's Santa Fe Chicken, Chili's Chicken enchilada soup, and the Cheesecake Factory's chicken fettucine are three recipes I plan to try.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/11817122 I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/11817122

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    5 stars just because of Chocolate lasagna from the olive garden! They took it off their menu so I'll have to make it myself!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Collins

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mamaof3boyz

  18. 4 out of 5

    Terry Cleven

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kym

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth Brandt

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debi Brown

  22. 4 out of 5

    AJ

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Kaufman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gina

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Buzzelli Troxel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laretta

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly McCard

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hellen

  29. 5 out of 5

    elaine

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jose Reyes

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