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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

By TheRecipeDetective

Hi! I'm Laura Emerich and Gloria Pitzer, the ORIGINAL Secret Recipe Detective, is my mom. This website is lovingly dedicated to her memory and legacy.

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