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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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  • Fast & Easy

    If you like her show, you will love this cookbook.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 10, 2012
    • By: Charles
    • From: FL
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Great for all levels of experience!

    The recipes in this book are just as fun for the novice cook as they are for the experienced home cook. I spent a week's vacation cooking many of the recipes in the book, and none of them disappointed! They were easy to follow, very flavorful, and kept the budget in check. I recommend this as a gift for anyone who loves to try new recipes, but especially for the cooks just starting out. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your tips, tricks and tried-and-true techniques for all the "everyday cooks" out there!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 10, 2012
    • By: Michele
    • From: CA
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Great Cookbook with much more than expected

    I got this cookbook because I had tried several of Melissa's recipes with great success. This cookbook was great but so much more. I am not particularly cost concious and I had not purchased this cookbook for that perspective but there are so many wonderful tips and surprises that I became fascinated and will now start to employ some of them. I have now tried 5 more of the recipes and they are all foolproof and delicous. My dinner party guests have raved about them all and yes I serve them to company!! Thanks Food Network and Melissa for this well thought out cookbook with easy to follow amazing recipes, great photographs, and creative tips. I hope there is a second edition to follow !

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 10, 2012
    • By: mary
    • From: VA
    • Style: Party Host
  • Very good quality for paperback

    Surprised by elegance of paperback. Excellent quality and loved the amt of pictures. Bargain at the discounted price.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 10, 2012
    • By: Patty
    • From: CA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • The recipes are easy to follow and lots of tips are given for getting a bigger bang for your buck. Love watching Melissa's show too. Have learned several cooking techniques I use all the time.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 10, 2012
    • By: Janet
    • From: AK
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Excellent book and value

    This book has really got me thinking about some less expensive menu options that are delicious. Love her money saving tips. The food is delicious and simple to prepare. This is a must have for every cook

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 9, 2012
    • By: Bonita
    • From: ME
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • $10 Dinners, How can you beat that!

    Melissa did a great job on cookbook. She gave so many tips on saving money without sacrificing quality and flavor!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 9, 2012
    • By: Debra
    • From: PA
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • I enjoy her show, I enjoy the book too!

    Her meals are easy and in keeping with the economy, she tells you how to mske it for less.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 9, 2012
    • By: Veronica
    • From: NY
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Ten Dollar Review

    Recipes were enticing, sounded yummy, many were unique to me, pictures of most of the dishes, and the hints throughout were very helpful. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will begin cooking from it immediately.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 9, 2012
    • By: Lucinda
    • From: LA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Ten Dollar Dinners Cookbook

    I think this cookbook is very smart and put together well. Nice tips, practical applications for the every day cook to a seasoned chef. Melissa did good!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Janis
    • From: OH
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Ten dollar cookbook

    Delicious and easy recipes with step-by-step guidelines and practical tips. Love this cookbook!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Agnes
    • From: LA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Great cookbook!

    I really enjoy this cookbook. It's filled with many interesting, easy recipes that have easy-to-find ingredients that are usually not very expensive. The pictures are great quality too. I got the book on sale which I think was a great bargain. The only con I might have is that I have boys that are big eaters, and I find some of her portions are a bit too small for my crew.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Donna
    • From: NJ
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • OK cookbook

    While this cookbook has alot of recipes in it, they are alot of recipes I would never try. There are many different catagories, but only a few recipes in each catagory. I was hoping for more chicken/meat dishes but it's mostly sides, salads and desserts. I should have saved my money and just went to foodnetwork.com.

    Was this helpful?
    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Hunter
    • From: VA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Cookbook Review

    I enjoy her TV show, and I find the cookbook a good companion. I hope it will not be the last cookbook she will produce.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Rob
    • From: TX
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Great product

    This cookbook is beautiful to read. Easy, tasty receipes with alot of variety in choices of dishes. Next book needs nutritional values for those of us needing portion control.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Paula
    • From: NY
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • deliverly

    I can not believe it took so long to receive this book. I almost cancelled the order. Improve this situation or you may loose customers.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Joan
    • From: WI
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • more receipe seen in time frame

    i have seen other recipes since that were in the same time frame and would have like to see them

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Darlene
    • From: VA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • I love Melissa, she cooks for the real world and on a real budget. Her dishes are delicious and are easy to understand and prepare. I plan to give her new cokbook as Christmas gifts this year and I look forward to her next book. Thanks Melissa!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: Wanda
    • From: LA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • great product,not so good shipping

    I ORDERED THIS PRODUCT ON THE FIRST DAY MELISSA WAS ON CHOPPED AND FOOD NETWORK HAD IT TO ORDER .THE STREET DATE CAME AND WENT NO BOOK . MELISSA WAS IN MY AREA FOR A BOOK SIGNING AND I WANTED TO BRING MY MOM TO SEE HER AND SIGN THE BOOK .DAY OF SIGNING CAME NO BOOK YET,IT CAME OVER A WEEK AND A HALF LATER VERY ,VERY DISAPPOINTED WHY WOULDN'T THIS COME FOR STREET DATE, FROM NOW ON I'LL BUY MY BOOKS IN STORES. GREAT BOOK THOUGH!!!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 8, 2012
    • By: cheryl
    • From: RI
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Professional
  • Ten Dollar Dinners

    Love the fact that there is a variety of foods for different meals, even though our family doesn't eat a lot of the foods in the meals. Maybe I can get them try something new!!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Jackie
    • From: MN
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
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