The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

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by Ree Drummond

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My name is Ree.

Some folks know me as The Pioneer Woman.

After years of living in Los Angeles, I made a pit stop in my hometown in Oklahoma on the way to a new, exciting life in Chicago. It was during my stay at home that I met Marlboro Man, a mysterious cowboy with steely blue eyes and a muscular, work-honed body. A strict

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My name is Ree.

Some folks know me as The Pioneer Woman.

After years of living in Los Angeles, I made a pit stop in my hometown in Oklahoma on the way to a new, exciting life in Chicago. It was during my stay at home that I met Marlboro Man, a mysterious cowboy with steely blue eyes and a muscular, work-honed body. A strict vegetarian, I fell hard and fast, and before I knew it we were married and living on his ranch in the middle of nowhere, taking care of animals, and managing a brood of four young children. I had no idea how I'd wound up there, but I knew it was exactly where I belonged.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined my experience in the country. I share many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes I've learned to make during my years as an accidental ranch wife—including Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rolls—not to mention several "cowgirl-friendly" dishes, such as Sherried Tomato Soup, Olive Cheese Bread, and Crème Brûlée. I show my recipes in full color, step-by-step detail, so it's as easy as pie to follow along.

You'll also find colorful images of rural life: cows, horses, country kids, and plenty of chaps-wearing cowboys.

I hope you get a kick out of this book of mine. I hope it makes you smile. I hope the recipes bring you recognition, accolades, and marriage proposals. And I hope it encourages even the most harried urban cook to slow down, relish the joys of family, nature, and great food, and enjoy life.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
#5 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
“[Ree Drummond] whips up mouthwatering meals with easy-to-find ingredients (she’s miles away from restaurants and supermarkets) and shares what living in a not-so-little house on the prairie is really all about. ”
Baltimore Sun
“Who needs Julia Child? I’ve got Pioneer Woman.”
USA Today
#29 USA Today Bestseller
Denver Post
#1 Denver Post Bestseller
Washington Post
#7 Washington Post Bestseller
New York Times
“[Ree Drummond is] funny, enthusiastic and self-deprecating, making the book appeal to pavement-pounders and pioneer types alike [with] recipes like steak with whiskey cream sauce, leek and potato pizza and pico de gallo. As a portrait of a real American family kitchen, it works.”
Denver Daily News
“Drummond’s writing style is closer to a good friend dishing out advice than an expert telling people want to do.”
New York Times Gift Guide
“Jokey and irresistible. Drummond’s…appreciation for something as simple as well-made pico de gallo is infectious. Such attentiveness to basic cooking skills makes the book entertaining and useful.”
#9 Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller
People Magazine
"[Ree Drummond] whips up mouthwatering meals with easy-to-find ingredients (she’s miles away from restaurants and supermarkets) and shares what living in a not-so-little house on the prairie is really all about. "
an Amazon Customer Favorite Cookbook
Publishers Weekly
Blogger-turned-author Drummond gives readers a slice of frontier life in this likeable-enough collection of recipes and dispatches from the Oklahoma ranch she shares with her husband and children. Replicating the step-by-step photography that made her blog such a hit, Drummond walks readers through dishes ranging from simple-Guacamole, Chili, Artichoke Dip-to more complex, such as from-scratch Cinnamon Rolls and Sherried Tomato Soup. Drummond's careful coaching will help anyone intimidated by the kitchen fearlessly crank out favorites like Chicken Fried Steak, Meat Loaf and Rib Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce. While the recipes are reliable home cooking standards, relentless references to her husband, known as the Marlboro Man, range from distracting to juvenile, giving what could have been a comfort food classic the feel of a junior-high class project.
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Library Journal
Named one of Time's 25 Best Blogs of 2009, Drummond's details her life as a rancher's wife. Her cookbook debut features such classics as buttermilk biscuits and macaroni and cheese (with roasted chilies and fresh jalapeños). A warning for the calorie conscious: this grub calls for whole milk, heavy cream, and butter. The easy-to-follow recipes include step-by-step pictures, which accommodate beginning cooks. While this is certainly not the first ranch-style cookbook (see B. Byron Price's National Cowboy Hall of Fame Chuck Wagon Cookbook for more authentic ranch recipes and details on cowboy life), Drummond's blog notoriety and down-home dishes will surely make this book a hot ticket. [Author tour.]

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks (Gift Edition): Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 280 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite cookbook, I love the step by step photos, the personal added touch, the food is good and fun to fix, I dont like to read a recipe or instructions for that matter just give me some illustrations. This book is great for new cooks. I love that you can go to the regular grocery store and buy the food she uses, you don't have to go to a special store for a special ingrediant, that is my pet peve. You can get most of these recipes off of her website, however I would much rather have the book in hand in my kitchen ready for use.
autumnrose925 More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to finally get my book. I also got one for my mom as a gift. I have made a lot of Ree's recipes from her website and absolutely love them. I made her olive cheese bread for my family and I don't think it lasted 15 mins. I would definitely recommend this book. If you like comfort food than you will love these recipes. Also the photos are amazing. Check out the website @ and make some of her recipes and you will be hooked like me.
douga_fett More than 1 year ago
The first weekend we had the book we made cinnamon rolls (from SCRATCH!) in the morning, the potato skins for lunch and soaked some chicken in buttermilk that night. A lady at work thought the cinnamon rolls were store bought, I took it as a complement. On Sunday we fried up the chicken and made a chocolate sheet cake (from SCRATCH!). We shared our goodies with friends and family and any response we got was two thumbs up and drooling for more! Lots of pictures and step by step instructions make the recipes easy to follow. This lady is funny and you'll get more than a laugh or two as you read along. Now if you'll excuse me, we're gonna go make an "egg in the hole"! Looks Yummy! P.S. This is not a diet cookbook, this is some good food that'll stick to your ribs.
KT-DeltaJunctionAlaska More than 1 year ago
My neighbor told me about Pioneer Woman and I checked out her fabulous website full of great recipes and so when her book appeared on B&N's new releases I immediately ordered it. Ree Drummond is delightfully expressive and sincere about her love for her family and cooking. The sweet stories she shares throughout this book just add to the "girl next door" level of comfort I feel toward her. The best part about her recipes is that they actually do have easy to find ingredients or items that are likely already in your pantry or cupboards. When you live in the Interior of Alaska, 2 hours from a small city, this is a big deal! I've purchased way too many cookbooks that claim they call for easy to find ingredients only to discover they don't! Pioneer Woman won't let you down-real basic stuff used to create delicious, repeat recipes that your "man" and kids will enjoy. I love them too. Her Chocolate sheet cake is by far the best recipe for sheet cake in the world and her meatloaf rocks! Buy this book only if you like easy to make recipes that don't involve complicated, hard to find ingredients! This is now my fave cookbook by far!
LouanneL More than 1 year ago
The stories in this book and Ree's recipe instructions make you feel like you are cooking with your best buddy. I stayed awake until 2 in the morning reading every page. She makes me want to add jalapenos to my shopping list to make BBQ Jalapeno Poppers - and I HATE peppers! Her love of family, friends, kids, livestock and of course Marlboro Man shines through every page. I love that she took all the pictures included in the recipes and included pictures of her dirty dishes and messy kitchen. Ree Drummond is an amazing woman and I want to hang out at her house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just received this cookbook! I can't put it down! I've been an avid cookbook hound for 30 years. I read them like other people read novels! This tops them all. I loved the humor of Nigella & the Barefoot Cantessa, but Ree has them beat in humor, real life, photography, & the recipes are to DIE FOR!!!!!!!! I found Ree's blog / website in August and I'm addicted! Her recipes are delicious! Never do we see step by step photo of a recipe ! It is amazing ! The best photography as well. I'm a farm girl who turned city girl(LA), so I relate to that aspect, as well! I just bought 6 more for all the family / friends to see, too! Keep them coming, Ree!
4littlewomen More than 1 year ago
I am a avid fan of Pioneer Woman and her website! I have already printed most of her recipes and created many a scrumptious meal for my family of six. I am thrilled to have my grubby momma hands on her first cookbook this October. My plan is to buy one for every family member. Maybe then they will believe my ramblings about all of the goodies made by Amazing is the only word I can think of, she rocks. Thanks Ree!! Tanya
jlyn900 More than 1 year ago
I just love this cookbook. I love to collect recipes and cookbooks. Although I am not very handy in the kitchen, I love to try. Sometimes the recipe bombs, and then something will turn out really great. This book is really helpful, as it gives step by step instructions, as well as photos. Some recipes can be confusing, so having these pictures to show how something should look at each step is extremley helpful. Ree's stories are so enternianing. Her photos of her family and home are really beautiful. I have her pound cake in the oven as I write this. It will be done in just a few minutes, and I can't wait to try it. I have already made the chicken spaghetti. It was delicious. Can't wait to try more of the recipes in this book, and look forward to her next cookbook.
Christine_Emming More than 1 year ago
If you've followed her blog as I have, you'll be pleased to find that author Ree Drummond sticks to her singular writing style and butter-laden recipes. I'm glad. It's been working for her. In The Pioneer Woman Cooks, her cookbook slash photographic memoir, Ree brings to life the story of her city upbringing with her farm woman reality, currently wrangling four kids and a husband on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Mesmerizing photographs of family members, get-togethers and muddy farm work blend well with humorous anecdotes - and serve to show you why her family is so hungry! Cute, ranch-laden, photo-intense asides with amusing anecdotes leave you longing for a house on the prairie in a way that 'Little House on the Prairie' episodes never did. Miss Mustang International, my favorite of these sections, showcases the farm's haughtiest mares, snobby and cool as horses can be, deadlocked in imaginary pageantry. What apparently didn't work was the step-by-step visual instructions Ree compiles for each recipe. Drummond's gorgeous pix can be viewed on her website, and it's this stunning photography that leaves viewers drooling for more. Normally. In this publication, however, her photos fall flat. Whether an error in photo correction or on press, it's a sad reality that the green tint of the tutorial pictures makes the food less than appetizing. (Let's flag this for correction on the second printing, Harper Collins. You're far too professional for this type of error. Unless it's just my copy. Hmm.) Now I bought the book despite its meat-centered mains partly to support a fellow blogger, but mostly because Drummond's recipes can be counted upon to work. This is turning out to be a rare feat in cookbookery. For obvious reasons, I won't comment on the chicken-fried steak or meatloaf recipes, sticking instead to ones I've already tried. PW's Creamy Mashed Potatoes: killer Thanksgiving staple. Maple Pecan Scones: get this, already made them three times. Cinnamon Rolls: yum. Migas: delectable, eggy nachos. I know, right? Egg in the Hole: something I've made before, but the extra butter does make it better. Like two days in row better. And I've only had the book for two weeks. In short, Drummond's pithy writing style and remarkable large-scale photography make this book almost as much a coffee table item as a kitchen resource. If you like having cookbooks you can rely on with unfussy authors you'd ask over for lunch, pick up The Pioneer Woman Cooks. You won't be disappointed, especially if you like butter as much as I do.
lauramarie100 More than 1 year ago
The recipes are hearty, flavorful, and easy to follow. I love the illustrations and commentary. Ree is hilarious, and if you haven't visited her website you definitely should. I took this book to work and suddenly there was a group crowded around practically drooling over the recipes. I would only say this isn't low-fat fare, so if that's what you're in to then steer clear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the pioneer lady online and this book is just a breath of fresh air. Fun to read and great insight to the family behind the food. Loved it so much myself that I gave a copy to my mom for Mothers Day
footballfanSS More than 1 year ago
Good cook book!! Step by step photos were great. Loved it!!
idahocountrygirl More than 1 year ago
Full of wonderful yummy dishes.... I love it the best cookbook I ever bought !!!!!!
2boysmomKK More than 1 year ago
I first found Ree after reading her blog and trying some of her recipes from there. My husband and kids LOVED the food I prepared. When I got the cookbook, I was NOT disappointed. There are step by step photos for each direction in the recipe. The pictures are amazing, and there's just enough personal info about her and her life on the ranch to keep you interested! I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who likes to cook. If there was anything negative about it, it was that I would have loved MORE recipes! I hope she does another cookbook...I'll certainly buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is absolutely fabulous. I love the insight and background into her life as a country gal while providing us with recipes that are delicious. I love the pictures which is in true PW fashion. Thank you to Ree!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever bought. I have been following her website for some time now, and was really excited about this book. She did not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a chance to review a copy of it this weekend at a meeting in Osage County, Oklahoma. It's amazing. It reads like a story with wonderful recipes in between. I want to know if I can buy in bulk because everyone I know will be getting a copy of it for Christmas.
FrugalAnnie More than 1 year ago
This book is visually stunning.  If you follow her blog you won't find much new in this book, however --- sure is handier using in the kitchen than my computer! Just a head's up ... her blog has much better recipe details.  When I went to make the Cowboy Sandwich...I had to go online to get the full details because something wasn't jiving. Truly, though -- nicely formatted cookbook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, simple to follow recipes. Reminds me of food my mother would make. Yes, you can find recipes on her blog, but I have enjoyed having them all right at my fingertips. Also, many reviewers coplained about the pictures, how ridiculous! I thought they were charming and I enjoyed the different stories that accompanied each. It is my first cookbook on my Nook tablet and the features such as being able to search and bookmark are really nice.
krldcp4me More than 1 year ago
I received this cook book as a wedding present, and I absolutely love it. The pictures for each step helped me since i was a pretty inexperienced cook when I jumped into this book. I love the little quips with each recipe, and it has comfort food that is so awesome. My husband loves everything I make from this book. Ree is fantastic!
g8r1fan More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever purchased, and I have a whole collection of them! The narrative reads like a novel and makes you want to head for the kitchen. The photo layouts are outstanding and take you through the process step by step, which is very helpful for beginners and reassuring for those who have gotten a little rusty. Every recipe I have used from this book has received rave reviews from family and friends. I plan to purchase copies for gift giving for new brides as well as family (all good cooks) who keep requesting these recipes. All in all, this is my new "go to" cookbook. Can you tell? I love it, bet you will too!
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of the author some time ago, and now I am enjoying her first book. More than just a cookbook, this book gives you a look into daily life on a working cattle ranch. Full of photographs that she has taken of her family, cattle and bits of her homelife, and stories of how she fell in love with a rancher, this book is a feast, both visually and gastronomically. This book is destined to become one of my favorite cookbooks. I love the humor and warmth with which it is written, and the only drawbacks that I can see are the lack of nutritional information (which I always appreciate) and the lack of less "hearty" fare (since I'm trying to get myself eating more healthfully once again, and this book is a little heavy on the richness and fat that I need to avoid). Otherwise I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cookbook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the next Paula Deen! Ree has an awesome blog with recipes that are fantastic. She goes to so much trouble to photograph every step in the recipe, not just the finished product. She makes it possible for a new cook to look like a pro. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book and will also give some for gifts. Ree is not only a great, great cook but she is funny as all get out. Reminds me so much of Paula Deen. The stories on her blog will make you laugh till you cry. Her love story to Marlboro Man needs to be a romance novel and her kids are a hoot. Her life on the ranch makes me wish I was a cowgirl! Can't wait to get your book Ree. Thanks a million!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE! Great delicious recipes, and beautiful photos. I also enjoyed reading her story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great cookbook!