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.
1986 – This is Not a Cook Book was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this book has a 120-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format and sold for $5 each. There are no recipes in this book; however, it is filled with a unique collection of Gloria’s trademark humor, “Food for Thought”, feel-good stories, inspirational quotes and other things to smile about!
Sub-Titles: “It’s Gloria Pitzer’s Food for Thought”
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
Sub-Titles: “The Radio Recipe Detective Rides the Range Again!”
Years: Apr 1986, Dec 1986 & June 2002
Recipes: 470 listed
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 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!
Sub-Titles: “For Loafing Cooks”
Years: Oct-Nov 1985 & July 1987 (sold out in Jan/Feb 1988)
1985 – Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Fast-Food Recipes (aka: “Book 6”) was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook is a reprint of the original, 1st printing in August 1976, having 120-pages with a 5.5″ x 8.5″ format. It boasts 458 index listings and sold for $6. Secret Fast-Food Recipes was Gloria’s return to restaurant dishes, focusing on the “fast food” industry again and developing more recipes for making famous “fast food” products at home. Over the many years and various printings, the cover changed slightly, as did the size and price of the book – the size changed in 1996 (around the 11th printing) to a 60-page, 8.5″ x 11″ format with 288 recipes listed and sold for $8.75 per book.
This cookbook covers everything “from soup to nuts”, imitating franchise foods and snack products, candies, coleslaw, drinks, desserts, soups and salads – imitating big name chains as well – using wholesome ingredients. This is the book that has outsold all others! Every recipe that you ever wanted to try that imitates a famous franchise food or fast food chain menu item is included in this 120-page collection.
Sub-Titles: “Book 6”
Years: Aug 1976 – Nov 2000+
Recipes: originally 458 listed; larger size had 288 listed
Pages: originally 120; larger size had 60
Size: originally 5.5″ x 8.5″; reformatted around 1996 (11th printing) to 8.5″ x 11″
Price: originally $6.00 for the 1985 reprint, then, $7 in Fall ’90; the larger size sold for $7.50 in Spring ’95, then $8.75 a year later. By Nov 2000, it was $9.75 per book.
Used copies on eBay: $119.99 for the older, smaller layout
Used copies on Amazon: $679.99 for the newer, larger layout
ISBN: 1-886138-02-8 for the smaller format & 1-886138-03-6 for the larger format
NO LONGER IN PRINT
5 out of 5 stars – An amazing, FUN COOKBOOK, too bad it’s out of print
ByPistols Fanon October 28, 2008
My mother bought me this cookbook about 20 years ago, and I can tell you this is one of the greatest cookbooks I have ever owned, and certainly the FUNNEST! In this wonderful cookbook you will find all of the “Secret Sauces” to your favorite hamburger joints (some of them long out of business, but the taste can live on!), such as “Burger Chef’s” secret sauce, how to make a “Big Chef”, How to make a “Super Chef”, how to make chicken that tastes exactly like KFC, Popeyes, or CHURCH’S fried chicken. This is one of the finest collections of recipes that you’ll ever come across, so don’t hesitate, don’t even think about it, you will cherish this book forever. My copy is in great shape still, and I use it all the time, and on the internet when someone talks about a recipe from some restaurant chain they used to go to years ago and asks for the recipe, I am OFTEN able to look it up and post it for them!!!!!!! Good luck in tracking this one down though! https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2NIRZ6F5LBZO5/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000XDSI26