There are three criteria I consider when deciding what to make for dinner:
How much time does it take to make? Can I afford the ingredients? And will my family eat it?
So when I was asked if I wanted to review the All You Delicious on a Dime Cookbook, I was hopeful I’d find some fresh dinner inspiration.
The All You Delicious on a Dime Cookbook is written by the food editors of one of my favorite money-saving magazines, All You. The cookbook contains 154 simple, money-saving recipes – more than 100 of which cost less than $2 per serving.
The book is broken up into sections for breakfast, appetizers, chicken and turkey, beef, pork, fish, vegetables, sides and desserts. Each recipe includes the cost-per-serving estimate and an idea of how much time it will take to make the recipe.
This is not a cookbook designed for the uppity foodie-type. These recipes are for those of us who want to be able to whip up a quick, healthy, tasty dinner with ingredients we already have in our pantry or that we can easily find in a store. It’s a great cookbook choice for busy families.
The All You Delicious on a Dime Cookbook is a gorgeous softcover cookbook. The photographs make everything look delicious. Everything in this cookbook is pretty simple to make and I like that you’ll find menu items for smaller families as well as big crowds. There is a wide variety of food to please the palates of my picky eaters (like Baked Pasta with Peas, Cheese and Ham and Maple-Bacon Waffles). And for for those of you who are watching calories, there is nutritional information at the bottom of every recipe.
I would have liked to have seen more information in this book about how to save money on your grocery bill. While it is good to know approximately how much each meal costs per serving, it is even more useful to have detailed information on how to get the cost of your meal at that same price. If you’re hoping to find that type of info in this book, you won’t. Erin Chase’s $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook does this much better.
The fact that there is no detailed grocery bill-cutting chapter isn’t a deal breaker, as there are still some useful kitchen tips scattered throughout the book, and many of the recipes offer shortcuts (like using prepared marinara sauce or pre-made mixes).
The real standouts in the All You Delicious on a Dime Cookbook are the recipes themselves. If you’re looking for a cookbook that makes getting a delicious dinner on the table quick and easy, and most importantly, affordable, than check out the All You Delicious on a Dime Cookbook.
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Mary Jane says
You r review was very helpful. Thank you.