REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 Cookbook

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Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 Cookbook

Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3: The Secret Formulas for Duplicating Your Favorite Restaurant Dishes at Home

  • Author: Todd Wilbur
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (September 28, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0452296455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296459
  • Cover Price $16.00

For more than twenty years, Todd Wilbur has been translating his obsession with recreating restaurant favorites at home into a blockbuster bestselling cookbook series. Using everyday ingredients, each of Wilbur’s recipes provides step-by-step instructions that even the novice cook can follow-and the delicious results cost just a fraction of what the restaurants charge.

I enjoy eating out at restaurants. Unfortunately, like so any others, my budget doesn’t permit it as often as I might like. The idea of knowing how some of my favorite restaurant dishes are made is very appealing to me, which is why I accepted the offer to review the Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 Cookbook.

There are no chapters in this cookbook. It’s organized alphabetically, according to the name of the restaurant. The recipes are easy enough to understand. Each recipe contains some history or background information. I appreciated seeing that the recipes call for ordinary ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. The cookbook doesn’t contain any traditional photos, something I feel entices the reader into reading and cooking. However, some of the recipes contain a blueprint, which is a blue and white rendering of how to assemble the dish. Truthfully, which I understand why the author chose to use these, they just don’t draw me in the way that color photos do. Prep and cooking time aren’t listed individually, to find out what the cooking time is you must read through the whole recipe. I use cooking time as a factor when I’m deciding if I want to try a recipe so if a future edition is published I’d love to see that highlighted. With no color photos and a lot of reading I found that I just didn’t enjoy this cookbook as much as I’d hoped that I would. Nevertheless, it would be a great resource for folks who enjoy eating out and know what their favorite meals look like.

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16 comments

Jenn June 25, 2015 - 9:45 am

Oh I would love this! I am always looking to recreate dishes at home when I want them and do not feel like going to the restaurant.

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Danielle Royalegacy June 25, 2015 - 11:56 am

I would make The Cheesecake Factory Meatloaf first.

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Andrea v June 25, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Cracker Barrel cheesy hashbrowns

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Tina W June 25, 2015 - 7:48 pm

I would love to be able to make Applebees Oriental Chicken salad.
(and yes, I know the ‘recipe’ is out there but it’s just not the same)

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sharyl wolter June 25, 2015 - 7:48 pm

I would love to recreate Gringos Shrimp Brochette.

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Barb Miller June 25, 2015 - 10:19 pm

I’d like to recreate something from Panda Express

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patricia Marsden June 26, 2015 - 10:27 am

Many restaurants happily share recipes; some don’t. Often it is the secret sauce or gravy that makes the dish. Good knowing of another source.

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Amanda bellard June 27, 2015 - 3:25 am

O my goodness, there are so many… One for sure would be olive gardens seafood portafino since it has been taken off their menu, I sure miss it!

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Steph June 27, 2015 - 9:16 am

Houston’s artichoke

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DJ June 27, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Oilve Garden’s minestrone soup and salad.

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Carol Yemola June 27, 2015 - 11:14 pm

I would love a recipe for Cracker Barrel’s Mac and Cheese or their buttermilk pancakes.

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Kimberly Milstead June 28, 2015 - 11:10 am

I’d love to learn how to make Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden!

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katklaw777 June 29, 2015 - 9:15 am

I’d like to make Cracker Barrel’s chicken and dumplings…yum!

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Heather! June 29, 2015 - 2:50 pm

I have always wanted to know what the secret is to Olive Garden’s breadsticks! I’d be going to that page first, for sure!

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laura ari June 29, 2015 - 5:14 pm

I’d love to recreate Olive Garden’s Seafood Fettecini alfredo.

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Leela June 30, 2015 - 4:15 am

Popeye’s fried chicken strips.

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