1994 – The Best of the First 20 Years was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook is a special, limited edition, anniversary issue of select recipes from the first 20 years of Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes Newsletter, 1974-1994; having a 60-page, 8.5” x 11” format full of 376 select recipes, family stories and pictures, editorials on The Newsletter’s history, food tips, tricks & techniques and information on Gloria’s regular radio visits. It sold for $10 per book.
“The Secret Recipe Detective” is the name or title given to Mom by her many radio talk show friends and fans, because she could sleuth out the secrets of the food and restaurant industries, determining how their dishes could be made at home with a minimum amount of effort and ingredients.
Sub-Titles: “Anniversary Issue”, “Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes Newsletter”, “Special Limited Edition”, “First of a Series”
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.
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!
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]
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!
Sub-Titles: The Best of the Best; Books 1 through 5 Revisited
Years: November 1990 & April 1991
Recipes: 445 listed
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Price: originally $7, then $7.50 in 1993 (until it sold out within a year)
1995 – Gloria Pitzer Presents The Mostly 4 Ingredient Cook Book of Secret Recipes is an updated reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4 Ingredient Recipes (Dec 1986, 2nd Printing) written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has an 8.5” x 11” format with 60 pages, using the same 120 pages of the smaller, Dec 1986 format and laid out horizontally with 2 old pages per each new page. The new style boasted about 470 recipes in its index, covering dishes that Gloria developed and tested to perfection. This cookbook includes all of her favorite shortcuts to success that have been requested by her radio-listeners around the world, during her visits with over 150 radio stations.
Sub-Titles: “A Potpourri of Recipes” and “An Updated Reprint”
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.
Sub-Titles: “New improved better than before” and “This is a very special edition based on the original text.”
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.
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 .
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!
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.
Sub-Titles: “Yup!”, “Selections from Books 1-5” and “Secret Recipes”
Years: May 1988 – 2000+
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.
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!
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.
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
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.