“Dollars to Donuts” Book Review & Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Book Review
December 16, 2009
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Dollars to donuts cookbookAre you a busy parent living on a budget? If so, I have a book you will be interested in checking out!  Dawn Welch, a proprietor of the historic Rock Café on Route 66 in Stroud, Oklahoma, has come up with a book that guides us family on making the most of every moment and dollar spent in the kitchen.  While budgets have become tighter, our desires for good food hasn’t changed.  In her new cookbook, Dollars to Donuts: Comfort Food and Kitchen Wisdom from Route 66’s Landmark Rock Cafe, Dawn helps her readers to cook and plan delicious meals that won’t break the bank or bore the taste buds.

The book reads: “Which meals are best for your family? The kind that taste great, don’t break the bank – and most importantly, don’t keep you chained to the stove all day. As the sole proprietor of her own restaurant and busy wife and mother of two, Dawn Welch has perfected the art of cooking smart, using short-order strategies and a little bit of advance planning to rack up huge savings of time, money, and effort at home on a daily basis, and now you can, too.  These days everyone is keeping an eye on the bottom line, and Dawn is no different; she shares her best tips and tactics for stretching your food budget without giving up the favorite foods and special treats that make mealtime the best part of the day. Who wants to live on a steady diet of pasta and canned tuna? In Dollars to Donuts you’ll find plenty of savvy ways to serve up steaks, seafood, even luscious chocolate desserts without letting costs spiral out of control. She also dishes up great ideas for transforming basic foods – baked ham, roast chicken, meatball mix – into sexy new offerings that no one will recognize as a leftovers and offers great advice on how to stock your pantry and freezer for last-minute drop-ins and impromptu entertaining.  Each recipe indicates cost per serving so you can choose the dishes that suit your budgetary needs, and a weekly meal planner helps streamline the process of pulling together menus and making the best use of your time and pantry. Icons throughout show which recipes are kid-friendly, which freeze like a dream, and much more.  Think cooking healthful, cost-effective, crowd-pleasing meals is beyond your reach? Take a page out of Dawn Welch’s info-packed book and dollars to donuts, your family will be eating better than ever before and having more fun in the process!”

If you are on a budget, but still want to eat great meals while spending as little money as possible, you should definitely check out this book!  It retails for $19.99 and is available in bookstores and online!
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I received a copy of “Dollars to Donuts” from Rodale Books so I could review the book and write this post. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

213 Responses to ““Dollars to Donuts” Book Review & Giveaway”

  1. Tweaked up comfort food with some money saving tips thrown in—sounds like a great read!

  2. Jessica H. says:

    I would love to win this book as my family is on a very tight food budget and I would love to be able to fix them some new frugal recipes that they will enjoy. I am sure they are tired of just rice and beans!

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  14. gosfam says:

    I need this book, especially since I quit my job and money is going to get tight, and I have a picky husband so I would love to serve him things he likes, and still do it affordably (not a real word–LOL)

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  35. Carol W. says:

    What can I say…I enjoy new cookbooks! This one sounds chock full of interesting and helpful information. I’d love to have a copy.

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  38. Melissa says:

    I’d like to win because I’m always looking for new recipes that are frugal, quick, and fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Sarah Coulsey says:

    I am huge on saving money. I dont buy anything withouta coupon or some sort of discount. But I find that I cook the same things over and over again. I need this book to give me ideas for different better meals for a family of four!!!!

    Great giveaway. I hope I win!!!!

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  45. Vickie Riddle says:

    I would love to win this cookbook because I recently lost one of my jobs from downsizing, so now I just have a part time job, and that means I’ve lost some dollars and we can’t just eat donuts! LOL Seriously this would help our household through this bump in the road. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  53. Cee says:

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  93. Susan D says:

    Mom loves cookbooks and I know that she loves books with comfort food recipes, so I would like to win this book for her

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  99. Maria says:

    I heard about this book from hungry girl. I live in the country and like to cook simple meals. Fast food is not my choice. I would love to try some of the recipes in this book and save some money also. I am trying to teach my 16 year old daughter the basics of cooking and this book sounds like it is the ticket.

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  102. Cheryl Bradley says:

    We definitely need to save money now that my husband got laid off. I’m a SAHM so the only income we have right now is his unemployment, and it’s tough. Part of staying in the budget means cooking more meals at home, but I know I don’t get the most bang for my buck cooking at home. Often, I will buy an ingredient called for in a recipe, use a little of it, and then the rest gets thrown out or sits around unused forever.

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  108. sarah says:

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  109. Melissa D says:

    Cookbooks are my absolutely favorite things to buy, and this one looks great! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  110. Tammy says:

    ould always use another cookbook for ideas

  111. Becca says:

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  117. christopher h says:

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  120. Daniel M says:

    i want/need this book because i’m a terrible cook and need all the help i can get, plus i love comfort food!

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  130. Mia J. says:

    I want to win this because I like cookbooks and I love comfort food.

  131. Heather B says:

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  134. angelo says:

    this is a very nice idea. thanks for the chance.

  135. chastidy says:

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  136. blueviolet says:

    I’d love this for help in stretching food dollars while not spending a lot of time in the kitchen!!

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  145. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    We’ve suffered a job loss in our family in the past year, so this cookbook will help us stretch our budget. Thanks!

  146. Tamara says:

    I love cookbooks and need to start cooking more to help save money! This would be perfect for me!

  147. Deborah R says:

    I want to win this book because, like most folks, we have to find ways to cut every area of our budget, including food…yet we still need to maintain good nutrition and keep a positive attitude. So, I’m very interested in new ways to present meals that are basic and budget stretching.

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  162. I would love to win this because we are trying to eat frugally and I need some new recipe ideas!

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  167. Beverly says:

    I love to cook and read cookbooks and this cookbook looks interesting. Thanks for having the contest!

  168. heather c says:

    I used to shop in Stroud before the big tornado wiped out the whole shopping area! I’d love it just to remind me of home.

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  170. Angela Winesburg says:

    I love trying out recipes, thanks for the chance!

  171. Melanie says:

    I want to win because we need to eat on the cheap! Times are tough!

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  177. Veronica Garrett says:

    I want to win this book because I want to serve my family great meals on a budget. My husband, like a lot of people, lost his job.

  178. Betty C says:

    I’d like to win this because I need more ideas for stretching my food dollars. Having to work more than one job just to meet the necessities stinks.

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