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America's Restaurant Recipes Review


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My honest reivew of America's Restaurant Recipes, a cookbook by Ron Douglas which seeks to teach you how to recreate some of the most famous signature dishes from American chain restaurants at home. Includes the recipes to recreate dishes from KFC, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, PF Changs and many others.

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America's Restaurant Recipes Review

  1. 1. America's Restaurant Recipes An Honest Review
  2. 2. My Story I'm a fairly average American guy. I've never really been excellent at cooking, but I've always had a love of food. I particular love eating out at restaurants. There's just something satisfying about the simple, casual food sold in the big name restaurant chains across the country. There was a point where I was eating out almost every single night. It just seemed a better option than the constant frozen meals and trying to figure out how to make things on my own. Eating out can be expensive though, not to mention unhealthy with how little control you have over what goes into what you eat. After I took a pay cut at my job, restaurants everyday just wasn't an option anymore. I realized I was going to have to make a change and try and find a new way to feed myself. But would that mean giving up all the kind of food I love?
  3. 3. Cooking Restaurant Food at Home Undeterred, I decided to try and figure out how to make some of my favorite restaurant dishes at home. I was able to find some recipes online, but it wasn't always easy to reliably find what I wanted to recreate. There was just a lot of trial and error to figure out what would give me the best taste. It was enough to make me curious to find a reliable resource I could use containing the sorts of recipes I wanted. After some research, I found out about America's Restaurant Recipes. It sounded like just the kind of cook book I was looking for.
  4. 4. What is America's Restaurant Recipes? America's Restaurant Recipes is a cookbook from author Ron Douglas. The idea is simple and pretty much exactly what you'd think given the title. In the two volumes of his cookbook, Douglas seeks to compile recipes for recreating the signature dishes served at some of America's biggest chain restaurants at home. Douglas claims to have worked with professional chefs to get his recipes as close to what the restaurants serve as possible. He's promoted the book on TV and it's been featured in popular magazines.
  5. 5. My Experience I read about Douglas and his cookbook, and it was honestly hard for me to decide what to believe. Part of me wondered if it wasn't just all hype, like a lot of offers you see online. With the price being $29.97 for the two volumes and some extras, I figured there wasn't much risk. If it could teach me how to recreate even just one of my favorite restaurant dishes at home, it would be worth it to me. I went ahead and purchased it. A few days later I received the cookbook and began to read it. By the end of the week, I was ready to experiment with some of the recipes included.
  6. 6. My Experience Now, one of my favorite things to eat when I go out are hamburgers, so I decided to start with that. America's Restaurant Recipes luckily contains a number of recipes for the signature burgers from a number of restaurants, including White Castle, Hard Rock Cafe, Bob's Big Boy and Red Robin, just to name a few. I decided to try their recipe for an In-N-Out Burger Double-Double first though. I used to eat at In-N-Out all the time when I lived in California, but since moving East there hadn't been any anywhere nearby. I was eager to try and recreate that familiar taste at home.
  7. 7. My Experience As said earlier, I'm not a great cook, but I did my best to follow the recipe as it was written, and yeah, I have to say it was pretty close to how I remember the Double-Double tasting. I'm not sure I can say it was exact, but it had the right taste and it was enough to satisfy my craving for the juicy burgers I hadn't had in years. I was encouraged, so I started sampling some of the other recipes in the book. Most of them turned out pretty well. Douglas really does get the tastes pretty close to their restaurant counterparts. Moreover, it's actually kind of fun trying out different recipes in the book. Getting them right, it's easy to impress others with the familiar flavors recreated at home.
  8. 8. Some Famous Dishes you can Learn to Recreate: ● Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ● Cheesecake Factory Mile-High Meatloaf Sandwich ● Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies ● KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken ● Long John Silver's Hush Puppies ● Old Bay Seasoning ● Olive Garden Chicken Marsala ● PF Chang's Spare Ribs ● Pizza Hut Original Pan Pizza ● Taco Bell Hot Sauce ● Wendy's Chill
  9. 9. Some Famous Dishes you can Learn to Recreate ● Applebee's Classic Patty Melt ● Bennigan's Baked Monte Cristo Sandwich ● Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich ● Chipolte Cilantro-Lime Rice ● Mrs. Fields Black and White Cookies ● Outback Steakhouse Sydney's Sinful Sundae ● Pizzeria Uno's Chicago Deep Dish Pizza ● Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi ● Red Robin Seasoning Salt
  10. 10. Final thoughts Really that list is just a small taste of the recipes you get. In total, Ron Douglas includes recipes for recreating well over 200 different restaurant dishes from over 75 different restaurants. The deal also includes some neat bonus cooking related books, which I probably don't use much personally but I can see being useful to others. Considering all you get, America's Restaurant Recipes really is a great value, especially since if you use it instead of eating out you can save a lot of money in the long run. Sure, if you're like me and not an excellent cook, you're not likely to come up with perfect tasting recreations every time; I know I make a lot more mistakes than the paid cooks at the restaurants do. Even still, Douglas' flavors really are remarkably close to the food I know and love. For all my fellow restaurant junkies out there, I'd heartily recommend giving these books a loook.
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