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.
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
1984 – Cook is a 4-Letter Word! was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – at 120-pages with a 5.5″ x 8.5″ format, this nifty little book is full of well-balanced meals for the unbalanced cook! It also has goodies to take the monotony out of mealtime and turn the task of cooking into a treat – rather than a treatment! If you like to laugh while cooking or cook while laughing, this is the book for you! This book is also for the “I-don’t-cook-much…” cook! It’s the kind of book you can enjoy reading without ever having to turn on the stove! The recipes are basic and wonderful – for when you don’t have the time, energy nor extensive supply of ingredients – and the conversation that each recipe includes should leave you with a complete understanding of how to confront any challenge in the kitchen!
Sub-Titles: “Recipes to Swear by Instead of At”
Years: Nov 1984 & Mar 1989
Recipes: 447 listed in 1st printing; 437 listed in 2nd printing
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Price: 1st printing – unknown; 2nd printing – $7
Used copies on eBay: $29.99 for 2nd printing, plus another book
1984 – Gloria Pitzer’s Mixed Blessings – Recipes and Remedies was a limited edition cookbook that was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook, with 274-pages and a 6” x 9” format, combines the best of breads and desserts, main dishes, salads, soups and microwave recipes that give you motivation, as well as complete, detailed formulas for foods that should take the monotony out of mealtime and create sensible shortcuts to success – not because you HAVE to cook, but because you WANT to!
The remedies cover those ordinary problems that that concern us, living in an age where it seems nobody cares about anybody. We talk about caring, working out relationships, recognizing happiness and treating life like a banquet. We also discuss why children need guardian angels, as our society rushes them into adolescence and adulthood, without the wisdom that only experience can provide.
Sub-Titles: “Recipes and Remedies”
Years: March 1984 –1985 (sold out)
Recipes: 729 listed
Size: 6″ x 9″
Original Price: $12
Used copies on eBay: $19.95 (selling as part of a 2-book set)
1983 – Gloria Pitzer’s Christmas Card Cook Book was a limited edition that was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this little recipe booklet had a 22-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format filled with interesting customs and history tidbits about the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays, humorous readings and 36 recipes. Perfect for gift-giving and stocking stuffers, these booklets sold for $2 per copy.
Sub-Titles: “Food for Thought and Thoughts on Food”