Review: More of America’s Most Wanted Recipes by Ron Douglas

Last year, I reviewed America’s Most Wanted Recipes by Ron Douglas. When I heard an updated version of the cookbook was scheduled for release, I jumped on the opportunity to review it. In More of America’s Most Wanted Recipes, Ron Douglas gives readers more than 200 simple secret restaurant recipes, this time all for $1o or less!  The cookbook contains secret recipes from restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory, Benihana, Red Lobster & T.G.I Friday’s.

The recipe I chose to make was P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef. The main reason was because P.F. Chang’s is one of my favorite Chinese pastries; the other reason was because I had many of the ingredients already in my kitchen.

The recipe was extremely easy to follow.  In no time, my kitchen smelled like heaven. Pictured below is the beef, simmering in the delicious sauce.

And the final product:

Looks heavenly, no?

Now down to the taste test: does it taste like the “real” Mongolian beef from P.F.Chang’s?  While it’s not spot on (I prefer a bit more garlic) it was pretty darned close!  Most importantly, my family enjoyed the meal!  I took the leftovers for lunch today and it stands up to the “reheat” test as well.

I can’t wait to try out one of the other recipes in this cookbook.  Which will it be? Maybe the Starbucks Chai Tea Latte? Or maybe the Golden Corral dinner rolls? The possibilities are endless!  So, what are you waiting for!? Go out and buy your copy of the cookbook now!

12 Comments to "Review: More of America’s Most Wanted Recipes by Ron Douglas"

  1. July 6, 2010 - 8:00 PM | Permalink


  2. July 6, 2010 - 9:35 PM | Permalink

    Now if I can just get my wife to buy a copy of that book. :) Hehe.

  3. Valerie's Gravatar Valerie
    Twitter: ValerieAndBooks
    July 7, 2010 - 6:41 PM | Permalink

    Even though I’m a vegetarian and would not try this recipe, I definitely want to look for these cookbooks — I love restaurants and I’m sure there’s quite a few recipes I’d like to try to duplicate!

  4. Beth F's Gravatar Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    July 10, 2010 - 8:53 AM | Permalink

    Oh wow, that sounds great. The reheat test is important around here because we often count on leftovers for our lunches.

    I hope you consider linking your post up to Weekend Cooking!

  5. Lisa (Books and Cooks)'s Gravatar Lisa (Books and Cooks)
    Twitter: BooksAndCooks
    July 10, 2010 - 9:38 AM | Permalink

    That sounds fantastic! I’ll have to keep an eye out for this cookbook! Now I’m hungry…..

  6. Margot's Gravatar Margot
    Twitter: joyfullyretired
    July 10, 2010 - 12:44 PM | Permalink

    That looks delicious. Sounds like a fun book for those of us who love to eat out in addition to experimenting with recipes.

  7. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    July 10, 2010 - 2:19 PM | Permalink

    PF Changs is a favorite here for us too. My boys would be all over that beef-it looks yummy and we too like leftovers for lunch the next day. Thanks for the spotlight on the cook book.

  8. July 10, 2010 - 7:33 PM | Permalink

    i remember I got two recipes from one of these books, Cracker Barrel Has Brown Casserole and Chi Chi Corn Cake..and both are spot on and delicious.
    I will have to look for this one.

  9. July 10, 2010 - 9:58 PM | Permalink

    I love copycat recipes!!

  10. August 6, 2010 - 4:28 AM | Permalink

    I find it easier to just appreciate the recipes for themselves otherwise its disappointing when the dishes don’t tase the same as the restaurant version.

  11. March 21, 2011 - 2:49 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for a great site. Always looking to make restaurant recipes at home but never quite get them right. Have found a great recipe collection that has Applebees, KFC, McDonalds, etc and it’s great. Getting a bit fat now though!

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