Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Giving Guide:’s Dining Out at Home Cookbook Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America's Most Popular Restaurants By Stephanie Manley (Review)


Apr 2010
Trade Paper
272 pages
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Packed with the most popular recipes from, this book offers over 200 unauthorized restaurant re-creations that have been tested and re-tested by people just like you. Each delicious dish is guaranteed to taste like the restaurant original so you can:

•Save money while enjoying all your favorite restaurant dishes

•Mix and match items from different restaurants to create the perfect meal

•Satisfy kids with their fast food favorites while making a fancier dinner for the adults

•Modify original re-creations to make them healthier while maintaining the delicious taste

•Find the ideal recipe for any occasion with the book’s quick reference icons, impress-your-guest dishes, quick-and-easy treats, meat-lover fare and vegetarian options

There are recipes for all your favorite entreés, appetizers, soups, salads, desserts and more from Americas best restaurants, including:

•Boston Market®
•Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
•Jack in the Box®
•Joe’s Crab Shack®
•Mrs. Fields®
•Olive Garden®
•Outback Steakhouse®
•Red Lobster®
•Taco Bell®
•T.G.I. Friday’s®
•The Cheesecake Factory®

My Thoughts:

I love dining out and trying out new restaurants.  The best part of the dining experience is finding a new "favorite dish" at a restaurant.  Ever wonder how they made your favorite dish, from your favorite restaurant?  I sure have.  Thanks to’s Dining Out at Home Cookbook Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America's Most Popular Restaurants by Stephanie Manley, you can re-create some of these favs in the comfort of your home. 

I wish you could see my collection of cookbooks. Don't ask me how many I have, as I have lost count.  But, I can say for sure, that this is the first cookbook that I have that shares copykat recipes from popular American restaurants.  I loved flipping through the pages of this cookbook and flagging recipes I wanted to try.  I was excited to see recipes from Sonic, Cracker Barrel and Boston Market.  After reading through the recipes, I was excited as they were straightforward and contained ingredients that I could find at my local grocery store.  

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been surprising my family with a Cherry Limeade drink similar to Sonic's, Freckled Lemonade from Red Robin, a Skillet Queso from Chili's and soups from some of our favorite restaurants.  With two young children it is harder to make it out to restaurants nowadays, but thanks to this cookbook, we can feel like we are dining out and enjoying our favorite foods, without dealing with the restaurant crowds or fussy babies.

If you Mom loves cookbooks or dining out, why not surprise her this Mother's Day with the’s Dining Out at Home Cookbook Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America's Most Popular Restaurants by Stephanie Manley?  If you have purchased this or other CopyKat cookbooks, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them.  When you recreated your favorite foods, did they taste like the ones you have enjoyed in restaurants.  I was surprised to find that all the recipes I have tried thus far are spot on to the taste and appearance of those we get when dining out.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this cookbook by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The vies above are mine and mine alone.

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