2018 – Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – Best of the Recipe Detective is a re-write of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook by her daughter, Laura Emerich (published by Balboa Press, Jan. 2018). This cookbook has 318 pages filled with over 500 of Gloria’s best recipes, Food-for-Thought, inspirational stories, household and cooking tips and tricks, witty jokes, illustrations and historical information on some of the companies whose dishes and products she mimicked at home!
*SPECIAL NOTE: This cookbook was Gloria’s personal favorite of all the ones she’s written. It was recently re-written by Gloria and her daughter, Laura (Pitzer) Emerich. It is currently (as of Jan 2018) published by Balboa Press and available for sale at $20.99 each (also, available as an eBook for $3.99 each)…see: https://www.balboapress.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001062252
“Gloria Pitzer was famous for her copycat recipes and their clever sound-alike names. She experimented in her kitchen to recreate popular foods. The first was McDonald’s secret sauce, way back in 1968. At that time, it was an 80-mile round trip from her home to the nearest McDonald’s. Any of her cookbooks is worth owning. They can be hard to find, so buy them when you see them.
Gloria Pitzer died earlier this year. The best tribute I can include is her version of Open Pit BBQ sauce — which will give you the flavour (yep, pun intended) of her style and creativity. She called it (what else?) Open Pitzer BBQ Sauce – Combine 1 cup bottled apple butter, 1 cup ketchup, and 1 cup Catalina Dressing. Mix well. Store in covered container in the refrigerator.”
2001 – Gloriously Simple! Recipes from Gloria Pitzer was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, Marysville, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook is another fabulous collection of Gloria’s simplest recipes for everything from soup to nuts, using simple ingredients you probably already have handy!
Sub-Titles: “The Recipe Detective” and “Private Investigator of Secret Recipes (Not for Hire)”
Years: Oct 2001+
Recipes: about 200
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Original Price: $6.75; it sold out in 2004 at $7 per copy
2000 – Gloria Pitzer’s My Personal Favorites was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, Marysville, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this was a Limited Edition cookbook of Gloria’s own personal, go-to collection of her favorite “Secret Recipes” that she kept in a notebook on her kitchen counter. These are the reliable, perfect-every-time recipes that she depended on to be easily put together without a lot of time and effort requirements.
Years: Nov 2000 – May 2001+
Recipes: 199 listed
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Price: originally $6.00; it sold out in 2004 at $7 per copy
1999 – The Great Imitator’s Cookbook was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has a collection of 367 copycat recipes on 60 pages in an 8.5” x 11” format, which are complimented by Gloria’s signature style of “recipes” for being the best we can be in our daily relationships tucked in between!
1998-2004 – Secret Recipes Bulletin was a series written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, Marysville, MI). There were 7 “Bulletins” in all – most were double-sided, 8½” x 11”, full-page collections of recipes inspired by specific restaurants or “name brands”, plus tips and historic information – that sold for $1 each and are NO LONGER IN PRINT.
Bulletin #101 – Imitations of Old Country Buffet or Hometown Buffet Specialties – 18 recipes
Bulletin #102 – Imitations of Boston Market Dishes – 17 recipes
Bulletin #103 – Imitations of Bob Evans Restaurant Favorites – 17 recipes
Bulletin #104 – 20 Different Cookies from One Recipe! – Based on a basic recipe for a Mrs. Field’s-Style cookie, which Gloria called “Mrs. Meadows’ Soft Cookies”; plus, 20 options to go with it! This bulletin had a one-page, 8½” x 14”, legal-size format.
Bulletin #105 – Imitations of Fred Sanders Favorites – 14 recipes
Bulletin #106 – Imitations of Bill Knapp Favorites – 11 recipes
Bulletin #107 – Imitations of J. L. Hudson Favorites – 11 recipes
1997 – Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes Folder – Chicken Soup & Other Comfort Foods was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this was an 8.5” x 11”, 6-page folder of perfect soup and comfort-food recipes for the cold, winter-weather months. It sold for $2 a copy until 1999, when the folder was down-sized to 4-pages, which included 29 recipes. This edition of the folder sold for $1.50 each until it sold out in the Fall of 2000; during which time Gloria started developing a series of “Bulletins” in a similar fashion.
1997 – Gloria Pitzer Presents The Original 200 Plus Secret Recipes Book was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook is a collection of the first 200 recipes developed and tested by Gloria Pitzer in the early 1970s for her monthly newsletter and original 4” x 6” recipe-card sales before she ever had cookbooks; now in one collection, plus almost 100 more! Many of products or dishes from places no longer available all in a 60-page, 8.5” x 11” format.
1997 – Gloria Pitzer Presents Restaurant Recipe Secrets was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook, having 60 pages and an 8.5” x 11” format, includes “Our Story” & information about our family, The Donahue Show phenomena (pgs. 16-17)… plus, imitations of products and dishes from Kraft, LA Choy, Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans and Ponderosa…ingredient substitutions as well.
In the old days, chefs were flattered when asked to share a recipe. But, now, they can’t afford to give out the secrets that make their dishes special and unique. That’s where Gloria comes in, as she attempts to figure it out, following her hunches on which ingredients will probably produce an identical flavor or similar texture to the famous product or dish.
Sub-Titles: “And Other Classified Information for Imitating Famous Food at Home!” and “Recipes Inspired by Restaurant Specialties”
Years: Jun 1996 – May 2001+
Recipes: 268 listed in the 3rd printing (Jan 1997)
1997 – Gloria Pitzer’s 3-in-1 Book was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook, having 60 pages and an 8.5” x 11” format, is a culmination of 311 recipes that use less fat and sugar; as well as, recipes for the best breads you can’t make in a bread machine!
Sub-Titles: “Of Less Fat and Sugar, & Best Bread Recipes”, “It’s not what you measure out to that counts, but what you measure up to!”
1995 – Gloria Pitzer Presents Secret Knock Off Recipes was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook boasts a little of this & a little of that! You’ll find 352 copycat recipes of famous foods from even more famous places not included in her other books; amid Food-for-Thought, household tips, cooking tricks and humorous quips – all in a 60-page, 8.5” x 11” format.
In this book, Gloria Pitzer draws a parallel between most of the recipe secrets she shares with you here and those dishes we’ve all enjoyed while eating out or products we all buy at the supermarket. The food industry’s secrets are closely guarded by a very competitive market; but, Gloria’s recipe imitations unbreak the codes and unmask the mysteries of dining in as if we are eating out!
Sub-Titles: “For On-the-Go Cooks”, “The I Don’t Cook Much Anymore Recipe Favorites”