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$10 Dinners? You Can’t Afford Not To!

by Sandy Todd Webster on Sep 27, 2012

Food for Thought

Getting back into the swing of a busy work and school routine can make it challenging for families to put together a home-cooked dinner most nights. But Ten Dollar Dinners (Clarkson Potter 2012), the first cookbook by Melissa d’Arabian—Food Network star and busy mom of four young girls—provides a blueprint of 140 recipes and 100 tips for creating fresh meals any night of the week. Each recipe is carefully calculated to serve a family of four for less than $10. “I see my recipes as part of a bigger story that shows you how to eat well, be a responsible consumer and spend with a purpose,” she writes in the book’s foreward. “Saving money can be incredibly empowering—especially when you know that you’re putting a healthy dinner on the table for your family every night of the week.” Do you live within commuter distance to New York City? Catch d’Arabian in person at the New York City Wine & Food Festival (Oct. 11–14), where she will share her philosophy that food needn’t be costly or complicated to be good. Learn more about the NYCWFF and Fun & Fit in the City, and find out when she is scheduled to perform: Also check out the September issue of IDEA Food & Nutrition Tips at to read editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster’s exclusive interview with d’Arabian and to see video demos of her creating recipes from her book.

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About the Author

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.