UPDATE: Cookbook Franchises

UPDATE — Just discovered (thanks to a sharp-eyed reader) that the Hungry Girl book mentioned below is actually recipe cards, which obviously doesn’t work as a library item.

Can you cook food at home that tastes like you bought it at various fast-food chains? Entertainment Weekly put together a panel of judges to see if the latest title in the Top Secret Recipes series, Unlocked produces dishes that taste like the originals.

The book failed; the home-cooked versions tasted too good.

Most libraries own all but this, the ninth title in the series.

Top Secret Recipes Unlocked: All New Home Clones of America’s Favorite Brand-Name Foods
Todd Wilbur
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Plume – (2009-11-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0452295793 / 9780452295797

Speaking of cookbook franchises, the latest Hungry Girl title lands next month, in time for holiday gift giving.

Hungry Girl Chew the Right Thing: Supreme Makeovers for 50 Foods You Crave
Lisa Lillien
Retail Price: $16.99
Misc. Supplies: 54 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin – (2009-12-08)
ISBN / EAN: 031261036X / 9780312610364

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