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Dollars to Donuts: Comfort Food and Kitchen Wisdom from Route 66's Landmark Rock Café Paperback – November 10, 2009

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About the Author

Dawn Welch owns and operates Stroud, Oklahoma's famed Rock Café, a fixture on historic Route 66 since 1946. For over a decade loyal customers and visitors to Stroud have flocked to the Rock for Dawn's homespun specialties like chicken fried steak, peach cobbler, and oven-barbecued ribs. Devastated by a fire in the summer of 2008, the newly refurbished and expanded Rock reopened on Memorial Day, 2009.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Original edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160529571X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295718
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow! "Dollars to Donuts" was recommended to me by a friend that I don't necessarily associate with cooking. So, I entered into my relationship with Dawn Welch somewhat sceptically. But, now, we are together for life. I even bought a copy for a friend and mailed it off to her today. This is a practical cookbook (not the kind that sit on the shelf merely to impress your friends)...which may turn out for many to be a cookbook-bible. Dollars to Donuts is chock full of recipes you just HAVE to duplicate. The instructions are simple and the pictures hit a home run. There's something for everyone, with many falling under the category of comfort foods, but many more delicious and healthy choices than you may normally come across. Some of my many favorites include Peanut Soup with Sweet Potatoes, Balsamic Pork Chops, Coriander Rubbed Salmon, Couscous with Butternut Squash, Salmon cakes and Pasta with Tuna. It's fun to try a few that seem totally different from what you may normally cook and then go back to what is more comfortable for you. I cannot recommend this cookbook enough! Go out and buy a copy for yourself and a friend as well. And do it now! Bob G
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From the Route 66 News

Dawn Welch's story of as a young Oklahoma woman who became the successful owner of the historic Rock Cafe, served as the inspiration for Sally in the hit Disney/Pixar animated film "Cars," and then resurrected the restaurant after a devastating fire last year, would serve as compelling material for a book.

But her first book, "Dollars to Donuts: Comfort Food & Kitchen Wisdom from Route 66's Landmark Rock Cafe" (Rodale Press, 288 pages, paperback, $19.99), became a lot more than a biography. Co-written with Raquel Pelzel, "Dollars to Donuts" serves as a cookbook that's terrifically practical -- especially for those who want to stretch their food budget.

Welch's book aims to help readers cook at home inexpensively by packing the book with 150 recipes and, most importantly, a truckload of advice.

For instance, she recommends investing in a stand-alone freezer to help preserve large quantities of food and tells what features (Energy Star rating, an exterior power light) are the most important.

In another example, Welch says that adding a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to a cup of regular milk will act as a buttermilk substitute if the real stuff isn't around. In another, she provides instructions on how to make your own breadcrumbs.

Almost every page of "Dollars to Donuts" contains advice such as this that will help a reader recover the cost of the book many times over.

One of the "Dollars to Donuts" chapters concentrates on what are called Big Bag Relays, in which one main course will yield several days' worth of other dishes.
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This is a lovely book, written by a woman who writes and cooks "from the heart." The Rock Cafe is like those some of us grew up with in the midwest, sometimes called, simply, City Cafe, or a name like that. The book will be of use to me at home, absolutely; but I do intend to make the 1½ hour trip to the Rock Cafe, so I can eat at this historic site on old Route 66, the "mother road." It ran right through the little town where I grew up in Western Oklahoma, and there were great old cafe type eateries all the way through town. You will enjoy this beautiful 4-color book with many photos, nice shiny paper, excellent binding, and so many good recipes, I couldn't begin to name them here. I love shopping at Amazon, couldn't do without it!! It's a window to the world for those of us who live in small towns with limited shopping opportunities.
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I stumbled upon a piece in HOUSE BEAUTIFUL referring to this wonderful book. I enjoy my food, whether it is haute cuisine, or biscuits and gravy. Because I was moving to Scotland, I wanted to pick up an American cookbook that I could bring with me, something to remind me of home, that did not require too much work, would impress my British friends (lol), and satisfy my husband's (and mine) voracious appetite for comfort food. This was a pure Godsend.

Firstly, I am frugal to a fault. We are not rich, and cannot spend ample amounts of money on expensive ingredients..but we still like to eat well. I found that the recipes were very very easy to follow, and the ingredients easy to find, even in Britain. The recipes for (key) lime pie and peanut butter pie were absolutely delicious. In fact, I have gone through the entire cookbook, and cooked each recipe..and I have to say, I was not disappointed. Ham, cheese, peaches, simple crepes, sausage gravy..all were so good! Brunch at our house is now a favorite meal due to her fantastic recipe for quiche.

I often am jaded with cookbooks, find myself frustrated and flustered, just wanting to cook something that is relatively simple, doesn't break the bank, looks good, and tastes even better. I really REALLY am happy to have bought this book. She did a really lovely job, and my husband is happier for it!

This was the only cookbook I brought with me to the U.K., and I'm glad I did. It has been a source of joy for our tastebuds. I hope you give it a shot!
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