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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

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    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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  • Great, Melissa is my favorite cook on food network now. I like her variety and so many ways she presents to change up receipes,

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Betty
    • From: GA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Great booklet

    Always looking for good inexpensive meals, when you're on a budget, its difficult sometimes, and toasted cheese and soup, just doesn't get it all the time -------

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Rebecca
    • From: GA
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • This was a great buy for me. I lve this book and you couldn't beat the price. Thanks so much

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Sandy
    • From: MA
    • I Cook: Very Often
  • TEN DOLLAR DINNERS COOKBOOK

    WOW! THIS WAS A TERRIFIC BUY! I LOVE THE OFFER ESPECIALLY WITH FREE SHIPPING! CAN'T WAIT TO TRY MANY OF THE RECIPES~~HAVE LOTS OF PAGES MARKED! GREAT PHOTOS! WONDERFUL RECIPES! GREAT COST FOR DINNERS! YUM~~YUM!!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Judith
    • From: WI
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Priced right, legibility right, easily understood recipes. I was hoping for recipes I'd seen recently on her show. I know it adds cost, but spiral cook books are so much better. Love her cost saving hints on her show and in her book. Appreciate Melissa's delicious recipes without breaking the bank. Good work, Melissa.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: SHARON
    • From: UT
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • We Love "ten dollar dinners"!

    I gave this book to my foodie sister, who is professionally trained. My son has also borrowed some recipes and all reports are WOW. The photos and tips are just as great as the recipes.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Nanette
    • From: NE
    • I Cook: When I Must
    • Style: Family
  • Delicious

    This cook book is what I was expecting. The recipes are exciting and so delicious. I am enjoying reading each page and look forward to making everything in the book a day at a time. I love that the recipes are for family dinners or that I can make them for company as well. A well thought out book with wonderful photos and loving stories. I hope there is another cook book in the future maybe with out limits. I enjoy her show and now her book, for many years to come.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: gina
    • From: IL
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Love This Book

    Great tips and great recipes. Love this book!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Ruth
    • From: AL
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Party Host
  • I wanted to e-mail the author with my review, something I have never done with any of my many cookbook purchases. She comes across as authentic and believable: she shares her family experiences with the reader as well as her lifelong and time-tested convictions about the principles that guide her. And with one exception so far, her recipes work. One feels one is conversing with a friend, cooking alongside you and giving you her valuable tips. This is an unusual cookbook. I have been reading it like a novel--again, a new experience for me.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: sylva
    • From: NY
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Big Tastes for Small Prices

    I am thrilled with the recipes and helpful hints in this new cookbook. She has many great ideas to make simple food items taste exceptional. The directions and hints are easy to follow, the tips to stocking your pantry are also equally helpful. I am so glad I made this purchase

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Stacy
    • From: OK
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Recipes

    I can always trust Melissa's recipes to be outstanding.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Patricia
    • From: GA
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Party Host
  • Love this cookbook. I feel like Melissa is standing beside me giving me directions.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Vivianne
    • From: TX
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Great book that is easy to use

    I love watching Ten Dollar Dinners, and Melissa is a great host. She has given me many meal ideas on Food Network, so I am happy to have her cookbook to cook with.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Susan
    • From: MI
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Party Host
  • this is a beautiful cookbook, beautifully illustrated. liked learning about melissa and her family,her recipes are good and tips are great which i already knew about some of them. i try to watch her show every day and use her recipes

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Judith
    • From: TX
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Enjoy

    I always enjoy Melissa's shows. I often have to record them, and rhen watch at a different time. She is amazing with her recipes, and I have tried several. I haven't used any recipes from her cookbook yet, but pkan to soon. It was nice to see the pictures of her girls, and her husband as well. I wish her much success.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Victoria
    • From: NJ
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Another Melissa triumph!

    If you want tasty, attractive, and $$$ watching recipes, Melissa's book is the one to purchase. Like her show, the recipes are easy and each one tried has been a home run! It is real food for real people.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Sharon
    • From: NY
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • Doesn't have the curried chicken recipe

    I caught the informercial of Ms. d'Arabian doing a chicken currey with veggies, ordered the book, a six-pack of curry paste, and waited. The recipe I copied down from the informercial wasn't in the book. Awkward!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Charles
    • From: OK
    • I Cook: Every Day
  • I am very happy with this cookbook. Of course I do enjoy Melissa's shows. I try to watch them everyday. She is, in my opinian one of the best cooks on the food network. I am going to the T.V. now to watch her. Eileen Breglia

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Eileen
    • From: MA
    • I Cook: Very Often
    • Style: Family
  • Two thumbs up!

    I have enjoyed the Ten Dollar Dinners show since it began and Melissa's personality comes through in the book. Her tips are quite helpful. I have already tried a few of the recipes and look forward to trying more.

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Sharon
    • From: SC
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
  • ingbredients

    Most of the recipes contained items I keep on hand. The ones I didn"t have are readily available. I do not like recipes that have one teaspoon of something I most likely will not use again!

    I recommend this product.
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    • September 7, 2012
    • By: Karyl
    • From: WI
    • I Cook: Every Day
    • Style: Family
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