The Pioneer Woman Cooks, and so can I!

As I promised before, I will only share my reviews of books that I can’t stop babbling about to everyone I know.

I had heard of The Pioneer Woman once upon a time and kind of forgotten about her until I was reminded of her by my cookinista (I just made up that word) friend Katie . I was sold. The combination of Ree Drummond’s (aka The Pioneer Woman) beautiful photographs, witty commentary and down-home goodness is a win-win. I read her blog daily but I knew I needed to check out her cookbook.

I was not disappointed.

The awesomeness of this cookbook is three-fold:

First, my favorite thing about Ree’s recipes is that they are relatively simple and for real people. So many of Martha Stewart’s recipes look amazing, but I have no idea where to find fresh lavender springs, stone-ground very fine flax flour or jellied blueberry curd. Okay, I just made all those ingredients up, but you get the idea. Ree’s recipe ingredients lists are usually things I already have in the kitchen! Woohoo! Or I can at least find in a regular old grocery store. Who has time to travel to specialty food stores? Not me.

Secondly, I have a thing when it comes to cookbooks. No photos, no cookin’. The Pioneer Woman takes this to the next step by photographing each step. This was particularly helpful when I made her homemade cinnamon rolls – how to roll, cut and space the rolls in the pan.No recipe is too daunting.

And lastly, her commentary is hilarious. Let’s just say her golf club upbringing and LA lifestyle did nothing to prepare her for life on a cattle ranch and married to a cowboy. Yes, a real cowboy. I didn’t know they still made those. Throughout her cookbooks she reveals their life on the ranch in a photo-journalistic style – complete with babies, cattle, wheat fields and chaps. Farm life here I come.

The only downside of her cookbook is that her recipes are “decidedly caloric”. She uses plenty of butter and red meat. I’ve swapped out red meat for ground turkey in a few of her recipes to cut down on that.

But besides that, everything I have made so far is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Check out Ree’s cookbook today!

What’s your favorite cookbook?

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