1991 – Make Alike Recipes by Gloria Pitzer

1991 Oct – Make Alike Recipes by Gloria Pitzer

1991 – Make Alike Recipes was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has a 120-page, 5.5” x 8.5” format filled with over 500 recipes! In developing each of these “Make Alike” recipes, Gloria had only the product as a guide. She did not know, nor did she want to know, what the famous food people/companies put in their recipes. She did know, however, that by combining the compatible ingredients in her recipes, she could come up with “make alike” imitations that will remind you of the original product or dish. Gloria looks for ingredients that are available, economical and wholesome; but, whenever possible, reduces the number of ingredients by using a prepared product.

1999 May – Gloria Pitzer Presents Secret Make Alike Recipes

Over the years and various printings, the title and cover changed a little from the original (as shown in the pictures above). The size and price of the book also changed from the original format to a 60-page, 8.5″ x 11″ format around 1996, with over 400 recipes. It originally sold for $7 in 1991; but, went up over the years to as much as $9.75 per copy, until it sold out sometime after December 2002.

This recipe collection includes some imitations of Kenny Rogers, the onion blossom, Cracker Barrel make-alike dishes (like hash brown casserole), sourdough recipes, soups and stews, Chi-Chi’s dishes, beef and marinades and much more! These recipes will surely hold the interest of an international audience!

Fun Facts:

  • Printings: 9+
  • Years: Oct 1991 – Dec 2002+
  • Recipes: 523 listed in 1st printing; larger format had over 400
  • Pages: original had 120; larger format had 60
  • Size: originally was 5.5″x 8.5″; larger format was 8.5”x11”
  • Price: originally $7.00; the larger format was $8.75 in 1999 &, in Nov 2000, it was $9.75 until it sold out.
  • Used copies on eBay: $19.99 – sold as part of a 5-book set [original, small format]
  • Used copies on Amazon: starting at $861.83
  • ISBN: 1-8861-38-03-6
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1990 – Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes of Famous Favorites

1990 Nov – Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes of Famous Favorites

1990 – Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes of Famous Favorites was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has a 120-page, 5.5” x 8.5” format filled with over 400 recipes from the original “Books 1-5” series, established in 1976-1982. However, this collection was not reprinted in any of the other books Gloria has written since that 5-book series. Included in this collection, you’ll find everything from “After Dinner Mints” to “Zucchini Bread”. Famous make-alike versions of “Arby’s-Style Cheesecake”, “Buddy’s-Style Pizza”, “Frankenmuth Gingerbread”, “Paul Newman-Style Dressing”, “Stuckey’s-Style Pecan Brownies” and even a recipe from the White House; given to Gloria from Betty Ford, herself!

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: The Best of the Best; Books 1 through 5 Revisited
  • Printings: 2
  • Years: November 1990 & April 1991
  • Recipes: 445 listed
  • Pages: 120
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Price: originally $7, then $7.50 in 1993 (until it sold out within a year)
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: none found
  • ISBN: unknown
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1995 – Gloria Pitzer Presents The Best of the Better Cookery Cookbook

1995 Nov – The Best of the Better Cookery Cookbook

1995 – Gloria Pitzer Presents The Best of the Better Cookery Cookbook was revised again. It’s called the “16th printing”; but is, actually the first printing titled this way, which could also be considered the 6th printing of “The Best of” version. This limited edition cookbook used the 8.5” x 11” format – with the 120 pages of the smaller format laid out sideways on 60 larger pages, showing 2 pages of the old layout on each page, with more than 400 recipes still listed, including some new additions. Copies sold for $7.50 each.

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: “New improved better than before” and “This is a very special edition based on the original text.”
  • Printings*: 1+
  • Years*: November 1995+
  • Recipes: 481
  • Pages: 120
  • Size: 8.5″ x 11″
  • Price: $7.50
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: none found
  • ISBN: 1-886138-05-2
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1990 – THE BEST OF Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook

1990 Feb – The Best of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook

1990 – THE BEST OF Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook is an updated & revised version of the original, 1982-1988 editions of The Better Cookery Cookbook.

Shown above, this revised edition says it’s the “11th printing”; however, technically, the “11th Printing” is actually the “1st Printing” of THE BEST OF Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook, which is a revised collection of the most popular and most favorite recipes from the original collection, condensed into a 120-page, 5.5” x 8.5” format from the original, larger and more detailed book from the 80’s format.

Fun Facts:

  • Printings: 5
  • Years: February 1990 – 1994
  • Recipes: 472
  • Pages: 120
  • Sizes: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Price: $7
  • Used copies on eBay: $45
  • Used copies on Amazon: none found
  • ISBN: unknown
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1989 – Gloria Pitzer’s My Cup Runneth Over – And I Can’t Find My Mop

1989 Dec – Gloria Pitzer’s My Cup Runneth Over – And I Can’t Find My Mop

1989 – Gloria Pitzer’s My Cup Runneth Over – And I Can’t Find My Mop was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this limited edition book has a 120-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format and is a culmination of the Pitzer family and how they got into the merry – sometimes mad – world of Secret Recipes, with a few special recipes thrown into the mix. This book is full of food-for-thought and witty stories of the trials and tribulations of a kitchen table, family enterprise .

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: “The True Story of a Family”
  • Printings: 1+
  • Years: Dec 1989+ (sold out by Nov 1990)
  • Recipes: 32 listed
  • Pages: 120
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Original Price: $7
  • Used copies on eBay: $17.98
  • Used copies on Amazon: $19.95
  • ISBN: unknown
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1988 – That’s the Flavor by Gloria Pitzer

1988 May – That’s the Flavor by Gloria Pitzer

1988 – That’s the Flavor was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook is a collection of favorites from Gloria’s “Books 1-5” series. Priceless reprints of the recipes that put Gloria Pitzer, Recipe Detective, into The Guinness Book of World Firsts and made her part of a question/answer on TV’s popular game show, Jeopardy!

1998 May –That’s the Flavor by Gloria Pitzer

Over the years and various printings, the sub-title and cover changed a little from the original (as shown in the pictures above); but, the main title, That’s the Flavor, remained the same. The 60-page, 8.5″ x 11″ format also remained the same, with 336 recipes listed. It may have originally sold for $8.75; but, records indicate it sold for $9.75 in 1999, until it sold out a year or two later.

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: “Yup!”, “Selections from Books 1-5” and “Secret Recipes”
  • Printings: 3+
  • Years: May 1988 – 2000+
  • Recipes: 336
  • Pages: 60
  • Size: 8.5” x 11”
  • Price: originally; may have been $8.75; but records indicate it selling at $9.75 each by July 1999, until it sold out.
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: none found
  • ISBN: 1-886138-16-8
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1988 – The Copycat Cookbook by Gloria Pitzer

1988 Apr – The Copycat Cookbook by Gloria Pitzer

1988 – The Copycat Cookbook was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook originally had a 120-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format with about 484 make-alike recipes of famous favorites not contained within her other cookbooks.

This unique collection includes a little of this and a little of that, imitating menu specialties from Greenfield’s, JL Hudson’s, Chasen’s, Lafayette’s, Frankenmuth, Cincinnati, Mrs. Field’s, Maid Rite, Cinnabon’s and many more! Some of the name-brand recipes are for products such as salads and dressings, pizza, pasta, BBQ, chili, hamburgers, powdered mixes, pies, pastries, sourdough, chicken, shrimp and fish dishes – to name a few!

1996 Oct – The Copycat Cookbook by Gloria Pitzer

Over the many years and various printings, the original title remained the same, but the cover changed slightly (shown in the pictures above), as did the size and price of the book. The size changed from the original 5.5″ x 8.5″ format to a 60-page, 8.5″ x 11″ format with over 350 recipes listed. It originally sold for $6 but went up over the years to as much as $9.75 per copy until it sold out sometime between December 2000 & 2001.

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: none
  • Printings: 14+
  • Years: Apr 1988 – 2000+
  • Recipes: originally 484; over 350 listings in the larger format
  • Pages: originally 120; 60 in the larger format
  • Size: originally 5.5″ x 8.5″; then, 8.5” x 11” starting with the 12th printing (Oct 1996)
  • Price: originally $6; up to $9.75 by November 2000
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: $50 for the smaller format; $26 for the larger format
  • ISBN: unknown for original format; 1-886138-04-4 for the larger format
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1987 – Sugar Free Recipes by Gloria Pitzer

1987 Nov – Sugar Free Recipes by Gloria Pitzer

1987 – Sugar Free Recipes was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has a 120-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format with about 400, simple-to-prepare, sugar-free recipes for breads, muffins, donuts, pies, cakes, puddings, main dishes, salads & dressings, dry mixes, spices & seasonings! This limited edition sold for 1 year at $6 per copy.

Keep in mind, Gloria does not count calories, carbohydrates or any other elements; but, this collection includes some of the best desserts that you will ever find – made without sugar! The sugar substitutes that Gloria prefers are specifically given by brand name in most recipes where substitutes might pose a problem. Heat breaks down the intensity of sweetness in many of these, so Gloria liked to be specific.

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: none
  • Printings: 1
  • Years: Nov 1987 – Dec 1988
  • Recipes: about 400
  • Pages: 120
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Price: $6
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: $38.99
  • ISBN: unknown
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1986 – Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4 Ingredient Recipes

1986 Apr – Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4-Ingredient Recipes

1986 – Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4 Ingredient Recipes – was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has a 120-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format, boasting about 470 recipe listings in its index of her radio-listeners’ favorite dishes – ones that Gloria developed and tested to perfection. This cookbook includes all of her favorite shortcuts to success that have been popularly requested by her radio-listeners, during her visits with over 150 radio stations around the world.

After Paul and Gloria became “empty-nesters”, this book came in handy for cooking just for two again! This book would also suit those singles who want to impress their dates with “home cooked” meals, but don’t want to deal with complicated recipes. College students will also like the simple 1-2 serving recipes in this book. You can also customize the recipes to your needs by doubling, tripling or quadrupling ingredients for more servings.

*Special note: There are still a few hundred copies (new/unused) of the 3rd printing of this cookbook; available to purchase for $10 each (includes shipping). For details, contact: TheRecipeDetective@outlook.com

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: “The Radio Recipe Detective Rides the Range Again!”
  • Printings: 3
  • Years: Apr 1986, Dec 1986 & June 2002
  • Recipes: 470 listed
  • Pages: 120
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Price: 1st printing was $6; in Fall ’90, it was $7; then, $7.50 in Spring ’95. Since 2002, it has sold for $10*
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: none found
  • ISBN: 886138-21-4 (for 3rd printing)
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT – but, a few hundred, “new/unused”, 3rd printing copies are still available for purchase at $10 each (*includes 1st class postage) contact: TheRecipeDetective@outlook.com)

1985 – Secret Fast Bread Recipes by Gloria Pitzer

1985 Oct – Secret Fast Bread Recipes by Gloria Pitzer

1985 – Secret Fast Bread Recipes was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has a 120-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format with 347 recipes listed, covering muffins, biscuits, sourdough, Herman, coffeecakes, donuts, rye, whole wheat, pumpernickel, white bread and many more! Many of the recipes in this cookbook need only a few ingredients. One recipe for yeast bread dough can be kneaded right in the bowl!

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: “For Loafing Cooks”
  • Printings: 2
  • Years: Oct-Nov 1985 & July 1987 (sold out in Jan/Feb 1988)
  • Recipes: 347 listed
  • Pages: 120
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Price: $6
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: $35
  • ISBN: unknown
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT