America's Most Wanted Recipes

America's Most Wanted Recipes

Delicious Recipes from Your Family's Favorite Restaurants

  • bestseller
Ron Douglas reveals the secret recipes from America’s restaurants— The Cheesecake Factory™, The Olive Garden™, P.F. Chang’s™, Red Lobster™, and many more—and shows readers how to make them at home for a fraction of the price.

The average American family eats out three or more times per week, which translates into hundreds of dollars spent on food each month. In these hard economic times, families simply can’t afford to keep paying these high prices. And Ron Douglas has spent the past five years of his life ensuring that we won’t have to. With the help of a test kitchen and more than 45,000 tasters, he uncovered the carefully guarded recipes of the most popular meals at restaurants across the country. With his easy-to-follow steps, families can now enjoy the meals they love most at a price they can actually afford.

KFC’s Famous Fried Chicken, Chili’s Southwest Chicken Chili, Olive Garden’s Breadsticks, and Cheesecake Factory’s Oreo Cheesecake are just a few of the many famous and delicious recipes included. And because each recipe has been tested by Ron’s incredible network of tens of thousands of testers, they are indistinguishable from the originals.

These best-kept secrets can save you thousands of dollars a year and will put delicious meals on the table that the whole family will enjoy.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439147061 | 
  • July 2009
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About the Author

Ron Douglas
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Ron Douglas

Ron Douglas is the New York Times bestselling author of the America’s Most Wanted Recipes series, which includes, most recently, America’s Most Wanted Recipes Just Desserts. He is a former finance director at JP Morgan and founder of the #1 copycat recipe website, He lives in New York with his wife and two children.


Author Revealed

Ron Douglas
Q. how did you come to write America's Most Wanted Recipes?

A. I grew up in a family with Southern roots that loved to cook. As a kid, I used to be my grandmother’s “personal assistant” helping her at the grocery store and in the kitchen as we prepared dinner for the family. The best feeling was the smile on their faces and the quiet in the room as they enjoyed our food.
There is no wonder why I’m a “Foodie” today. But it wasn’t until my wife challenged me to make her KFC’s Famous Fried Chicken that I became hooked on the challenge of recreating restaurant recipes that tasted just like the original. The first place I went to research recipes was the Internet, which was a frustrating experience at the time. I found lots of recipes which were either incomplete or not even close to the original. But, I also discovered there were thousands of people who were also into “recipe cloning” and were searching the Internet everyday for new “secret recipes” to try. Having been in ecommerce at the time, I thought it would be a great idea to create a community website where these people could share their results and work together to create accurate clone recipes. “The Secret Recipe Forum” was launched and became the research hub and “virtual think tank” which inspired this cookbook. Today has over 70,000 recipe cloners, and over 179,000 newsletter subscribers.

Each week, I would try to clone a new restaurant recipe and share the results with my members. Needless to say, I became a regular at many of the restaurants and was on a first name basis with a lot of the servers. Overtime, I developed several proprietary methods for creating accurate clone recipes. For instance, oftentimes I would go to the restaurant and explain to the waitress that I needed to know all the ingredients in a particular dish because my wife has “really bad food allergies.” This was just one of the creative methods I used which was effective.

Members of the website would also try the recipes and add their feedback and recommendations. As the website grew, it became more than just a hobby. Cooking experts and even professional chefs began getting involved with our recipe cloning movement.

For many people, recreating secret restaurant recipes at home was not just a fun way to impress their family and dinner guests, it was also a great way to save money.

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