Review: The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to PrepareI am dinner challenged.  I rarely have a plan and I lack creativity in the kitchen.

Thank goodness for The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook!

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook written by Erin Chase has 200 recipes for quick, delicious, and healthy meals that cost less than $5 to prepare.

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I’ve been a huge Chase’s blog, $ since its early days, and I remember e-mailing her after she made an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show.  I said, “You really should write a cookbook” and she replied, “I am!”

So I was thrilled when she asked me if I’d like to review a copy of her new cookbook.  And even more thrilled that this book did not disappoint!

Chase devotes two whole chapters to strategic shopping and couponing and explains it in a way that makes you feel like you’re chatting over coffee in her kitchen.

She also outlines how stockpiling items when they’re on sale can help you stretch your food budget.

Being the dinner-challenged person that I am, I was also delighted to see a chapter devoted to menu planning.  Her ideas remind me that menu planning is a huge money saver and can prevent you from letting your food bargains go to waste.

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook is a little different than other cookbooks in that each recipe is essentially a recipe for the entire meal.  This makes the whole question of “What’s for dinner?” even easier because you don’t have to come up with side dish ideas!  Categories include pasta and pizza dinners, chicken and turkey meals, beef meals, pork meals, fish and seafood, soups and stews and vegetarian meals.  The final chapter has homemade recipes for things like salad dressings, breads, and sauces. The recipes are simple, tasty, and healthy, and contain price breakdowns by ingredients.  

At the bottom of each page are tips to help you save money in the grocery store as well as tips to save time preparing the meals.

The book is scheduled to be released December 22, but you can pre-order it now.  You can also download a free holiday menu planner from $   This mini-book has some great tips for planning those large holiday menus without breaking the bank!

I also highly recommend reading the $ blog, reading my interview with Erin Chase, and catching a glimpse of the book on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Dec. 22. 

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook is a must-have for anyone looking to trim their food budget by cooking at home.  It would also make a lovely gift for a new bride or a new stay-at-home mom.

Who needs takeout when you have $5 Dinners?

Disclosure: St. Martin’s Press provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review by St. Martin’s Press. While I consider the author to be a friend, please know that the opinions reflected in my review are entirely my own, honest thoughts on this book, and were not edited or influenced by the book’s author, publisher or distributors. 

About Christina Brown

Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.

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