Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dining Out at Home Cookbook's Dining Out at Home Cookbook
by Stephanie Manley [641.5 Man]

Do you love the Ham & Egg Casserole from Cracker Barrel and wish you could make it at home? Or how about the Pasta Alfredo from Olive Garden? Here are easy-to-read, unauthorized recipes that taste like the real thing. has been publishing copycat recipes for years on her website and this is her first cookbook that pulls together some of the favorites. (Complaint: I have a copycat recipe for KFC Coleslaw that is spot-on and was surprised she didn't have one as well.) Recipes are divided into standard categories — Drinks, Appetizers, Salads, Main Dishes, Sides, etc — and the book includes a Recipe Index by Restaurant at the back. Ingredients are basic ones you can find at your local grocery store and the instructions are easy to follow. There are many recipes from Chili's, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, and T.G.I.Friday's but there are still 71 other major chains included (though on principle I didn't copy any recipes from Hooters). One more minor complaint, there is no nutrition info for each recipe. Just keep in mind restaurants are usually higher in fat, calories, and sodium. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ official Dining Out at Home web site ]

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