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Ten Dollar Dinners

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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 winner of The Next Food Network Star, makes good on the $10 promise of dinner for four.

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.

  • MOST HELPFUL REVIEWS

  • 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!

    I recommend this product.
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  • One Problem

    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.

    I recommend this product.
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  • 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.

    I recommend this product.
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  • Customer Reviews for Ten Dollar Dinners

  • Overall Rating:

    4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 611 ratings

    96% of reviewers recommend this product

    97% say this is a "good value"

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  • Perfect for families

    I gave this to my daughter. She LOVES it. She's tried dozens of recipes already. Her family is devouring the food. Melissa is giving real food ideas that adults and kids will love. And it's on a budget. She uses a lot of common spices and ingredients you are likely to already have at home. I really enjoy hearing about how all of the new dishes are being enjoyed by my daughter's family. This was a great gift. I've now bought one for myself and 2 more to give as gifts. I loved her season on the Next Food Network Star and cheered for her. Now we're all enjoying this great new cookbook. Good job!!

    I recommend this product.
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    • October 9, 2012
    • By: Jane
    • From: TX
    • Style: Family
  • I just recently purchased Melissa D'Arabian's Ten Dollar Dinners cookbook. This cookbook is such a great fit for our family needs. She provides recipes for healthy and flavorful meals that can be prepared in an adequate amount of time. She uses familiar ingredients that add a lot of flavor and don't cost a lot. Also, I appreciate the portion sizes. We are spending far less on ingredients to prepare our meals and we are not wasting any food or ingredients like we were previously. I love to cook, but I am unable to create a full spread on a week night basis. But on the other hand, I don't want a bunch of casserole and one pot dish recipes. Melissa's recipes allow you to feel the creativity of cooking while keeping it simple enough that you can put dinner on the table in a short amount of time. This is the cookbook I've been searching for...I have already made 1/3 of the recipes in this cookbook and am already looking forward to her next cookbook.

    I recommend this product.
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    • October 5, 2012
    • By: Gretchen
    • From: TX
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Lots of good info

    This book has all kinds of helpful tips. Of course, I really enjoy Melissa's TV show, also. I just wish they would tone down the music. It is too loud, clangy, and distracting. It is as if the music is trying to compete for attention.

    I recommend this product.
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    • October 4, 2012
    • By: Melanie
    • From: CA
    • I Cook: For Special Occasions
    • Style: Party Host
  • Cookbook

    This is a great little helper in the kitchen. I've already used a couple of the recipes and they have been excellent. My Mom has the cookbook too and she loves to use it just about as much as me. Good produce!!!

    I recommend this product.
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    • October 2, 2012
    • By: Nina
    • From: AL
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Party Host
  • this is the best cookbook I have ever used. I have made 4 dinners from it so far and my husband rated them all delicious. He is a very picky eater and when he says to "keep this one" it is a rare incident.

    I recommend this product.
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    • October 1, 2012
    • By: shirley
    • From: SD
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • I love the book and it was a great value. I was surprised at the amount for postage thought. The book was $10 and with the postage my bill was $24. Other websites do postage free. I feel this was too much to spend on postage. Lorraine Albanese

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 28, 2012
    • By: Lorraine
    • From: NY
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Melissa is captivating. I loved her money saving ideas. I am in my 60's and have cooked for 6+ persons for many years. I learned so much! She is a star in my book.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 28, 2012
    • By: Barbara
    • From: KS
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • I was surprised how many type o's there are in the book.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 27, 2012
    • By: Carly
    • From: MI
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Melissa

    This cookbook, with all of Melissa's easy and outstanding tips makes it well worth the money! I love this cookbook and look forward to more from her.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 22, 2012
    • By: Kathleen
    • From: NJ
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • I always enjoy Melissa's show and have made several of her dishes. they always turn out great and are simple to make. Food Network made a good choice putting her on the air. I look forward to her next cookbook with more of her recipes. I can then discard all of the pages that I have printed from the website and have them more orderely. thank you.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 21, 2012
    • By: Linda
    • From: NC
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Excellent value--the recipes contain ingredients I can find in my small town and also, most importantly, afford on a tight budget. The book is a fun read, too, with delightful photos of Melissa and her family. I also appreciate the history of how each recipe was developed.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 21, 2012
    • By: MaryLou
    • From: GA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Party Host
  • I love the cookbook. It's beautifully written, pictures are great and lots of good advice. Looking forward to using it often.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 21, 2012
    • By: Brenda
    • From: IN
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • the book is filled with Love!

    It has plenty of great photos including nice pictures of her family enjoying cooking and eating together. The book's layout is one of the best - categorized, easy list of ingredients, and easy to follow instruction of delicious recipes. She uses many vegitables to make delicious meals - healthy and very tasty. We lived in Belgium for several years and traveled Europe and ate so many delicious meals - her book helps me to recreate these dishes. Additional comments about the dish, how to saving money, and other information are fun to read. I took her book to our one week vacation to Florida. I was able to cook wonderful meals for my family!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 21, 2012
    • By: ysumi
    • From: TX
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • I have tried some of the recipes already and I have been pleased. The book is not hardcover which for me makes it much easier to use and also lighter to hold. Photos are very good and of course, so are the savings on your grocery budget.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 20, 2012
    • By: REGINA
    • From: NJ
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • This book contains a lot of information and provides numerous options for making meals. I am going to enjoy sharing some of the meal with my grown kids and their families - to show them how to do it right!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 20, 2012
    • By: Nancy
    • From: CA
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • My new book

    The manner I paid for the order was easy, all I had to do was go through my pay pa laccount. Once they received the payment, it was shipped immediately. I love the book! It's easy to follow, has delicious recipes most children would even enjoy and won't take long to have all ingredients on hand so I can start taking advantage of my $10. meals.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 19, 2012
    • By: Linda
    • From: ME
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Party Host
  • I love this cookbook and watch her show every week. All the recipes are easy and are very affordable. I plan on buying another book for my daughter.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 19, 2012
    • By: Sue
    • From: TN
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Was hoping for more comfort food recipes I saw her prepare

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    • September 19, 2012
    • By: Katherine
    • From: MN
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • For the New or Experienced Cook

    This is written the way I would want a book to be wrtitten. It not only has recipes, but kitchen essentials and tips plus savings on every aspect of using an ingredient. I am so glad I bought this book - it will replace quite a few that I have.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 19, 2012
    • By: Sharon
    • From: CA
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • TEN DINNER COOKBOOK

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT I MADE CHICKEN MEATBALLS SUNDAY AND MADE POBLANO PEPPER PESTO W/IT AND IT WAS SO GOOD IT IS MY MOST FAVORIT READ AT THE MOMENT

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 19, 2012
    • By: earline
    • From: OK
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
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