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Old 10-13-2009, 10:43 PM   #11
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I have found that copycat recipes fall somewhere between they actually got the recipe from the restaurant to I wonder if the person who wrote the recipe had ever actually tasted what they were trying to duplicate. Best you can do is read the recipe and see if it sounds like what you ate ...

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Old 10-13-2009, 11:50 PM   #12
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I find copycat recipes to be a great starting point, usually.
From there I can often tweak ingredients to where I am happy.

I admit I took home soup from a restaurant once and played CSI with it..
soup ingredients forensics, LOL!

Currently, I have an ingredient list from some potato salad from (egads) Walmart
stuck to my kitchen cabinet. Eventually I will go to experimenting based on the list.
Pity they can just list "spices".


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Old 10-14-2009, 10:09 AM   #13
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I've seen the copycat one in circulation and my experience with online ebooks for cooking is poor quality recipes that weren't really tried, tested and tweaked but just assembled.

The Top Secret Recipe books are of pretty good quality in the results and I would recommend that. I enjoy my copies.

If you want free, the forum at The Secret Recipe Forum is of interest though quality varies.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:43 AM   #14
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cook5000, where are you hailing from?
No matter how many Bibles he swears on, when a dog tells you he's a vegetarian, he's lying.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:35 AM   #15
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Such good input from everyone. I am enjoying reading the posts! Regarding clone recipes, I've tried my hand at duplicating two coleslaw recipes from two different restaurants and was quite successful even improved on them by adding more more of an ingredient (green olives in a Cajun olive slaw). Michael in FtW, mentioned reading the recipe to see if it sounded like what you ate. Not everyone can do that. It just occurred to me that perhaps those of us who can do that, make up the largest percent of cookbook lovers. After all what a delicious pastime to read a recipe and visualize it and even have an idea of what it tastes like by the ingredient list! Cindy

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