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Ten Dollar Dinners (Paperback) by D'Arabian, Melissa
Paperback; Published 8/14/2012; 368 Pages; ISBN 9780307985149
For home cooks who care about what they feed their families and want to stretch their dollars, this eagerly awaited debut cookbook from Melissa d’Arabian, host of Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners and...; See complete description »
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With four young girls ages six and under, and a hit show on Food Network, Melissa d'Arabian focuses on savvy budgeting, efficient shopping, and full-flavored cooking. Ten Dollar Dinners has 140 recipes and more than 100 creative, practical tips on great money-savers (“Clear-Your-Pantry Week”); inventive takes on old standby dinners (try her Moroccan Meatloaf); and how to get ingredients to last longer (keep your green onions in a glass of water and they will re-grow several times over!). And with a coding system to help you create your own $10 menu, Ten Dollar Dinners celebrates spending with purpose, cooking with love, minimizing time spent in front of the stove, and savoring your homemade meal.
Melissa is a pro at creating satisfying meals that adults and kids alike will enjoy, using everyday ingredients, transforming them into delicious dinners: Her Potato Bacon Torte (which, at 50 cents a serving, was one of her winning recipes on The Next Food Network Star) shows how basic and inexpensive grocery store ingredients can be turned into an amazingly satisfying dish. Her Roasted Vegetable Tian is a great way to take advantage of deals in the produce aisle. The 4-Step Chicken offers a plan for getting food on the table in just minutes, using almost anything in the pantry.
Anyone can use this book, especially those who want to save money and feel great about cooking sensibly for elevated, simple meals that are healthy family-pleasers.
On her daytime cooking series, season five winner of The Next Food Network Star and stay-at-home mom, Melissa d'Arabian, shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode: four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian demonstrates home cooking at its finest.
Not practical for the simple guy!
I enjoy watching Malissa so much on the Food network. So much of what she prepares seems very practical. I must admit, I was somewhat disappointed with her 1st recipe book. I thought it would be filled with the practical and simple recipes that she prepares on her show. Instead, it seems to me that many of the recipes are elaborate and sophisticated, not made for the average amateur cook like myself. That's just my opinion!9 of 9 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Easy to read and clear instructions
There are lots of recipes and it is very easy to read, easy on the eyes, and the instructions are very clear. Good tips too.4 of 4 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I love all the budget friendly recipes. The finished product photos are great and I enjoy the family photos also. The price was incredible for a cookbook. My only disappointment, which is huge to me, is that the recipes do not contain the nutritional information I need to follow my diet restrictions. With this information on everything you buy I was surprised and disappointed that it was not listed for the recipes.4 of 4 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I love this cookbook. I enjoy watching Melissa so I do favor her but the recipes are great. I have so many recipes marked off to try. I am really happy that she included her potato bacon torte recipe, I have been making that for my family ever since it was on her show. It is a great recipe, the book is worth just that recipe. Melissa's recipes are easy and always come out great. Keep up the amazing work and I look forwarded to learning from Melissa for many more years. Just a suggestion but I think Melissa should do a cookbook of meals that are more than 10.00. since her recipes are so wonderful I can't imagine if she was able to go outside the price limit. But for anyone thinking of getting her cookbook it is well worth the price.4 of 4 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Fantastic cookbook. Enjoy the cookbook as much as Melissa's show. Love the pictures and stories of Melissa's family, too. So far, we've tried 4 recipes in 2 weeks, and we've loved them all. Ultimately, I want to try them all!3 of 3 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Not What I expected for Ten Dollar Dinners.
I live in the south and I can't find half of the ingredients that the book calls for. I was able to get a few recipes from it, but not much. The recipes are just not for my life style.1 of 1 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I have returned the book. It is a beautiful and well done book but the recipes do not fit my family and cooking habits. I was disappointed.1 of 1 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I was disappointed that there weren't more pictures of the finished products. Since I am very new to cooking, it's nice to see a picture, even if it is a small one, to see what the food is supposed to look like. More pictures next time, please!1 of 1 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Just received the book today - it's great! Got 2 of them for my 2 granddaughters, but think I may have to order another one for me. I really enjoy her show and have printed off receipes from the internet.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Recipes you will actually make!
We always watch Melissa's TV show, and have prepared numerous of the recipes she has made on the show, always enjoying the same. We looked forward to having hard copies of her TV recipes, and a lot more--and they are all found in her cook book. The book is a nice product with excellent pictures and printed on good quality paper. Definitely a worthwhile purchase we plan on using often.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Great go-to cookbook for family meal planning
I enjoyed her tips and hints in the cookbook. I have taken up the challenge of saving as much money as I can when planning our meals. Who knew it could be so fun! The inclusion of recipes from her travel experiences is especially brilliant! I have two young kids at home and miss traveling. The recipes are easy to replicate.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
nutritious, easy and economical recipes
The book was an easy read...simple, fun and interesting recipes that didn't break the budget. Loved the family photos included...felt like Melissa brought you into her world to share some great food! Melissa's brief explanations at the start of most recipes made the recipes spring to life and made you want to try them! In just a short time, Melissa's cookbook has become one of my favorites in my collection. Look forward to trying many of her wonderful recipes. Thanks Melissa and co-writer, and thanks Food Network!0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I love the tips section & how every recipe opens with a personal story. I only wish Melissa was Looking at the camera.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I had been waiting impatiently for Melissa's first cookbook, and what a gem it is! When it was offered at such a great price, with free shipping, I figured it would be a small item with just a few recipes. When it arrived it was a big surprise. It had a lot ofngreat recipes, great pictures, lots of good ideas. I I'll be using this a lot. I have already ordered another as a gift. Ruth Harthun0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Excellent pictures with simple recipes0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I have been a fan of Melissa since she won the Food Network Star. Her cooking show is great! Love her easy, practical, money saving recipes and tips.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
iNTEREST IN THE KITCHEN TASKS
I ENJOY HER PROGRAMS AND SHE IS AN EXCELLENT TEACHER.SHE HAS SMART IDEAS FOR ENTERTAINING. SHE IS A KEEPER!!!0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
I loved the family focus of the cookbook with all the pictures of the her husband and most of all the happy pictures of the children. All in all the receipes are easy to follow, the pictures, and various notes about her life made this an exceptional value. I am very glad I purchased it and hope she publishes more with her various ethnic experiences.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
The best cookbook I own!
I LOVE this cookbook and wrote a complete review on my blog. http://www.feelgoodaboutdinner.com/2012/08/ten-dollar-dinners-review.html I hope to buy these as shower gifts for new brides as everyone should own this cookbook.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »
Sure I will use it frequently0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »