12 Cookbooks Inspired By Favorite Restaurants

Create iconic restaurant meals you know and love (and some that are new to you) from the comfort of your own kitchen.

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The Cheesecake Factory: The Unofficial Copycat Recipe Cookbookvia amazon.com

The Cheesecake Factory: The Unofficial Copycat Recipe Cookbook

We all know and love The Cheesecake Factory’s extensive menu, and now you can make select meals from that menu at home with this cookbook. From avocado egg rolls to Thai coconut-lime chicken to 18 cheesecake choices, you’ll never run out of dishes to make.

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Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories

If the idea of an authentic Shake Shack burger served with crispy crinkle-cut fries makes you drool, Shake Shack’s cookbook is for you. It holds recipes for versions of their iconic menu items created for the home cook. The recipes are delicious takes on their menu items—and the stories of Shake Shack’s early years are fascinating.

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Copycat Recipes: Making Cracker Barrel's Most Popular Recipes at Homevia amazon.com

Copycat Recipes: Making Cracker Barrel’s Most Popular Recipes at Home

Cracker Barrel fans, this recipe book is for you. It offers the best of their down-home dishes, with easy-to-follow recipes that’ll surely become family favorites. (Here’s a collection of our favorite comfort food recipes.)

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Milk Bar: Kids Only

Your kids might recognize two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Christina Tosi from Master Chef Junior. In Milk Bar: Kids Only, she’ll help them make more than 85 desserts and snacks from her bakery at home. The book is full of colorful photographs and easy-to-follow directions for some of the most sumptuous treats you’ll ever taste.

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Taste of Home: Copycat Restaurant Favorites

Why settle for recipes from one restaurant when you can create dishes from a hundred restaurants? Taste of Home Copycat Restaurant Favorites rounds up easy-to-make recipes inspired by the menus at Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, Orange Julius and more.

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The French Laundry, Per Se

Napa Valley’s French Laundry is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the country—with a price tag to match. (The average cost of dining there is more than $350 per person!) If this is too steep for your wallet, recreate those meals at home for a fraction with The French Laundry, Per Se.

This fabulous cookbook is full of essays, photographs, recipes and tips to help you run a more sustainable kitchen and take your culinary skills to the next level. Speaking of Napa Valley, it wouldn’t hurt to subscribe to a wine delivery service right now.

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The New Chicago Diner Cookbook

Since it opened 30 years ago, The Chicago Diner’s menu has offered up some of the most tantalizing dishes in the country. In The New Chicago Diner Cookbook, you can conjure up the same magic in your own kitchen. There are delicious recipes for every occasion, alongside tips and tricks for setting up your kitchen and pantry. Find more vegan recipes even meat-eaters will love.

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The Unauthorized Copycat Cookbook: Recreating Recipes for Applebee's Grill and Bar Menuvia amazon.com

The Unauthorized Copycat Cookbook: Recreating Recipes for Applebee’s Grill and Bar Menu

We love Applebee’s for its casual-yet-upscale dishes, and now you can recreate them at home with the help of this recipe book. It offers more than 50 recipes, including drinks, so you can treat everyone to their favorite Applebee’s meal—without the bill.

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The Franklin Barbecue Collection

People line up for hours for the chance to sink their teeth into the brisket at Franklin Barbecue. In The Franklin Barbecue Collection, you’ll find out why—without visiting Texas. The two-book set will give you all the tools you need to cook perfect steak and barbecue at home.

Franklin Barbecue is on our list of the best BBQ joints in every state. Don’t miss the others!

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X’ian Famous Foods: The Cuisine Of Western China, from New York’s Favorite Noodle Shop

Is there anything as comforting as a bowl of noodles? X’ian Famous Foods: The Cuisine Of Western China, From New York’s Favorite Noodle Shop, is nothing short of a treasure. Within its pages, you’ll find recipes for recreating the Western Chinese favorites from the iconic New York City noodle shop, X’ian Famous Foods, at home.

The recipes are accessible and easy to understand, the pictures are gorgeous and the stories are fascinating. It’s a must-have for cold, rainy afternoons.

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Eventide: Recipes for Clambakes, Oysters, Lobster Rolls and More from a Modern Maine Seafood Shack

Even if you’re across the country, you can eat like you’re in one of the finest seafood shacks in Maine with help from the Eventide cookbook. The mouthwatering recipes from this James Beard Award-winning restaurant feature Maine classics with a modern twist. You can learn basics like how to shuck oysters, too. As you flip through the pages, you can practically feel the spray of the ocean on your face.

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Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration Of African American Cooking

There is no better way to cap off a day at the African American History and Culture Museum in Washington, D.C. than with a meal at the onsite restaurant, Sweet Home Cafe. The dishes tell a story of how African, European and Caribbean cultures merged to create some of our most iconic American foods.

This cookbook includes recipes for some of the best fried chicken you’ve ever tasted, shrimp and grits, tomato watermelon salad, baked macaroni cheese, Senegalese peanut soup and more. It’s the kind of book that keeps you returning to its pages time and time again. You’ll also love these essential Kwanzaa recipes for a holiday feast.

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Tamara Gane
I'm a freelance writer specializing in food, travel, family, and social justice stories. I have bylines in The Washington Post, NPR's The Salt, The Independent, Fodor's Travel, and more,