The Internet is rife with food bloggers claiming they've flawlessly recreated your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, or item from the McDonald's drive-thru. Most of those people are liars, but when it comes to copycat recipes, you can trust Todd Wilbur. The man has made a mini-empire out of his Top Secret Recipes cookbooks, which reverse-engineer brand favorites from fast-casual restaurants, fast-food chains, and the grocery store aisles. His latest, Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step is about to hit bookstores and the web on November 17th.
Wilbur has hundreds of recipes to his name, but we asked him how he created five of his greatest hits: the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, Cinnabon cinnamon roll, IKEA Swedish meatballs, Girl Scout Samoa cookies, and the Big Mac. He also was kind enough to share the guides with us. Learn from the maestro below: