Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook

This is the best of The Recipe Detective – a unique collection of nearly 1,000 imitations of her famous make-at-home recipes for replicating fast foods, restaurant dishes and grocery products. In addition, Gloria includes historical information, illustrations and photographs – along with her usual wit, food-for-thought and humorous stories.

* Special notes: Printing formats of this book changed over the years. Examples: The 11th printing, February 1990, used the 5.5” x 8.5” layout, with 120 pages and has over 400 recipes listed; copies priced at $7.00 each. The 16th printing, November 1995, used the 8.5” x 11” format – with the 120 pages of the last format laid out sideways on 60 larger pages, at 2 pages per page, with almost 400 recipes listed; copies priced at $7.50 each.

 **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 and is currently (2018) published by Balboa Press under the title, “Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective”. Available, for sale, at $20.99 each (also, available on eBook for $3.99 each)…see:

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Title:  Famous Foods from Famous Places – The Best of the Recipe Detective
  • Printings**: 16
  •  Years**: 1982 – November 1995
  •  Recipes*: over 700 listed in the original format, 472 in the smaller versions
  •  Pages & Sizes*: 400 in the original  6″ x 9″ format; 120 in the smaller 5.5″ x 8.5″ format & 60 in the 8.5″ x 11″ version of that one.
  • Price* **: $15 for the Original, $7 for the 5.5″ x 8.5″ format & $7.50 for the 8.5″ x 11″ format
  • Used copies on eBay: $35.95 for original format; $45 for smaller format
  •  Used copies on Amazon: $34.77
  •  ISBN: unknown
  • Self Published No longer in printGloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes
  • Published: Balboa Press 2018

2 Replies to “Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook”

  1. 5 out of 5 stars – Better Cookery Cookbook – Bonnie Case – December 25, 2012 – Bought this book 25 years ago, loved it so much when I spotted it on Amazon I bought one for my daughter and daughter in law. Favorite is Bob Evans Gravy.
    Now have another new daughter in law–would order again.

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars from the Secret Recipe Detective – Lynne – July 20, 2018
    Format: Paperback
    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.

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