Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dining with the Dollar Diva: Divalicious Menus with Ingredients Costing $1 or Less


"Good food is not synonymous with expensive food. "Dining with the Dollar Diva: Divalicious Menus with Ingredients Costing $1 or Less" is a guide for the cook on a budget who doesn't want to spend a lot on their food but still wants to eat like a queen. Elizabeth Fisher gives guides to how you can be a dollar store gourmet without making the term ironic, with plenty of tips and tricks to making exquisitely cheap exquisite cuisine. "Dining with the Dollar Diva" is a must for the cook on a budget."  Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch, May 2010,

"...a great cookbook....I *heart* recipe books that have easy-to-follow instructions and produce delicious dishes!"--Missy Reads & Reviews.  Click link below for full review.

Dining with the Dollar Diva by Elizabeth J. Fisher, $15.95, Trade Paperback, ISBN:   978-0-9825282-4-2.   
Dining with the Dollar Diva contains “divalicious” recipes created with ingredients that cost one dollar or less.
Author Elizabeth J. Fisher is a practical mom who is a wiz at creating exquisite menus and dining experiences at economical prices.
Each recipe is accompanied by an interesting story about how that recipe came to be created.
Most ingredients can be found at your local dollar store or in the dollar section in your local supermarket.

The main sections in the book are: 
·         Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktail Snacks, & Appetizers
·         Burgers, Sandwiches, & Paninis
·         Main Course Entrees
·         Sweets, Desserts, & Pastries For Your Sweet Tooth

You, too, can eat like a diva with such divalicous recipes as:  
$1 Store Lobster Rolls, Baked Muenster Cheese with Orange Marmalade in Puffed Pastry, Sausage Pinwheels, Inside Out Burgers, $1 Store Sweet & Sour Chicken/Shrimp, Ms.Jeri’s Meatball Ravioli Lasagna, Seafood Jambalaya, Apple Dumpling with Warm Custard Sauce, Vanilla Napoleon Rounds, Mrs. Small’s Crème Brule, German Chocolate Brownies, Frosted Dolla’Bons, and Baked Alaska

This is the first book in The Dollar Diva™ series.

Elizabeth Fisher is a single mother of two adult sons, Marques, and her “adopted” son, Harold. She loves to cook and eat, and she prays that everyone enjoys this book as much as she enjoyed writing it.She is known for her annual July 4th get together, which she has hosted for over twenty years. The party has grown from grilling a few burgers to a neighborhood block party event entertaining up to 100people. Visit The Dollar Diva  on her blog

This book is a great cookbook for anyone needing to make easy frugal meals for their family, especially in this economic downturn. As a mom who has had to budget on very little income, I found I would be able to use many of the recipes if you followed the advice throughout the book. Prior to this, I had not considered shopping the dollar store for my recipes! Typically, cookbooks have me just browse for recipes that look like they may be worthwhile. While this cookbook kept me reading, cover to cover as there was numerous personal stories that were quite interesting and kept me involved. 

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