Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Copycat Cook Books from Ulysses Press!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Ulysses Press offers a large selection of fun and helpful books that will keep you reading, learning and entertained all year long.  We got to check out several great reads from Ulysses Press!

This post includes a round-up of excellent cook books that feature "copycat" recipes:

First up, a set of two cook books compiled by Stephanie Manley, writer of, a website that features versions of your favorite restaurant goodies that you can make at home!

Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America's Most Popular Restaurants
By Stephanie Manley

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 America's best restaurants, including:

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

More Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America's Most Popular Restaurants
By Stephanie Manley
Recipes that let you recreate the fun and flavor of eating out—for a fraction of the cost!

If you’re craving delicious drinks, awesome appetizers, mouthwatering main courses and scrumptious desserts that taste like they came straight from the waitress, this sequel to the original Copykat cookbook offers even more choices:

-Starbuck’s frappuccinos

-Red Lobster’s shrimp nachos
-Olive Garden’s baked pasta romana
-Coldstone Creamery’s cake-batter ice cream

Thanks to the 200 recipes in this book, the most widely loved dishes from your favorite restaurant chains are now as close as the kitchen. Since these “copycat” recipes are from the wildly popular website, they’ve been reviewed and tweaked to delicious, taste-tested, chef-approved perfection.

With these quick and easy, inexpensive alternatives to going out, you don’t have to argue about where to eat for dinner. You can impress your friends and charm your dates with these perfect homemade reproductions.

70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats
By Casey Barber
Create all-natural, handcrafted versions of classic favorite treats like chocolatey imitation Oreos, salty home-cooked potato chips, and fluffy DIY Twinkies from a noted copycat chef and food blogger.

Everyone has a guilty pleasure — a couple of Nutter Butter® cookies after lunch, Cheetos® while watching sports on TV, or maybe a poolside Fudgesicle® on a hot summer day. And who’s to judge? There’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence! Except that brand-name snacks are often packed with unhealthy preservatives, unnatural colorings, and unwanted chemicals. This book answers the junk food dilemma by serving up recipes for delicious versions of everyone’s favorite nostalgic treats using high-quality, all-natural ingredients. All the recipes promise to faithfully reproducing beloved snacks and vending machine treats in a home kitchen using unprocessed ingredients like real cream, rich butter, and freshly ground spices. Not surprisingly, the resulting delights far surpass the flavor of the originals. With 70 recipes ranging from quick and easy Wheat Thins® to multi-step wonders like hot-out-of-the-toaster, fruit-filled Pop-Tarts®, Classic Snacks Made from Scratch will appeal to everyone who craves delicious treats with more flavor and less guilt. Health-conscious adults will finally get to reintroduce their taste buds to childhood joys like splitting open a chocolate sandwich cookie and sampling the creamy happiness of the filling first.

What I love about these books, is that the recipes are often made healthier, just by cooking with your on ingredients at home!  All three of these books are great resources for the home chef.  We have been pretty impressed with the recipes we've tried out so far and can't wait to try out more!

If your Valentine is a foodie, they will love these books!

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