The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier
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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier

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I'm Pioneer Woman.

And I love to cook.

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a cowboy. A strapping, rugged, chaps-wearing cowboy. Then I married him, moved to his ranch, had his babies . . . and wound up loving it. Except the manure. Living in the country for more than fifteen years has taught me a handful of eternal truths: every new day is a blessing, every drop of rain is...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by William Morrow Cookbooks (first published March 13th 2011)
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Christine
This is the second cookbook from Ree Drummond, also popularly known as "The Pioneer Woman." If you're not familiar with Ree and her Pioneer Woman website [where have you been?!], she was a city girl living the fast paced life when on her way from L.A. to Chicago, made a pit stop in her hometown in Oklahoma where she met a cowboy, fell in love, had babies and now lives happily ever after on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma! No really! That's what happened. You can read all about her sweet story in her...more
Nikki
In Ree's first cookbook, she covered many aspects of her golden rich white persons life in the little multi-million dollar ranch on the prairie. In her second cookbook, she reels in the gushing about her life with Marlboro Man and all them chillens she kept havin' to focus more on cookin' and makin' a real cookbook.

What this cookbook lacks however is the personality of the first (no matter how phony that is). Some recipes Ree barely introduces, it was like she couldn't be bothered talking about...more
Debby
What's not to love about Ree Drummond? She's witty and I like her step-by-step photo recipe format. I've been following her blog for a few years, and feel as though I know her, her family and can relate to her life on the ranch-- as I was an equestrian for a few decades, and enjoyed the whole cow horse thing. With that said, I realized that I had already made six of the recipes in this cookbook-- some of them as far back as three years ago. There are quite a few recipes that you can find on her...more
Laura
I liked this better than the first cookbook because it's less folksy and personal - while there are still pics of her family and ranch, the focus is more on the food, and that's a plus for me. She does have some quirky recipes in here (lots of pre-packaged pastry and Mountain Dew in apple dumplings), but overall her recipes are delicious. Also, the pictures are really helpful and definitely make this book unique! I forgot that she 'pioneered' showing step-by-step photos with the recipes (somethi...more
Alla
As someone who loved Ree Drummond’s initial “Pioneer Woman” cookbook, filled with step-by-step recipes with accompanying pictures, I was interested in looking at her second cookbook, ‘the Pioneer Woman cooks: Food from my Frontier.” And I wasn’t disappointed. The second installment has even more recipes than the first book, and more creative spins on classical recipes.

The book is divided into the following sections: Breakfast, Lunch, Soups, Starters/Party food/Drinks, Pasta and Pizza, Supper, Si...more
Maureen
This is the second cookbook by Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman. With her usual wit and charm, she shares delicious recipes, along with tidbits about her life, family and ranch living. The recipes are fantastic, although not for those looking for low calorie health foods. Ree takes lots of pictures of each step in the preparation and cooking process, which makes following the recipes easy as pie! She is a fantastic photographer in addition to writer and cook.

Although I certainly plan on maki...more
Shelley
Normally when I get a cookbook I page through it and find one or two recipes that look okay. If they are really good, I will write them down or copy them and then pass the book on to a friend or family member. I got this book today from the book club I belong to. Opened it up and went "OH WOW!" and turned the page "OH WOW!" turned the page "WHAT???? CAN THIS BE A FLUKE? A THIRD GREAT RECIPE?" See how it went? I only found ONE recipe in here that I won't try and won't eat. Since I cannot stand to...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
So it's a little hard to rate a cookbook but let me try. Okay, first things first, I love the Pioneer Woman. I've been following her website for a long time and I loved her other cookbooks. Anyhow, I was really excited for this book. I was most definitely not disappointed.

Here are a couple key things I liked about this cookbook:
- Basic ingredients (there's not really anything you're going to have trouble finding)
- Clear pictures (step by step directions are key)
- Yummy food (I wanted to make eve...more
Bunny
The way I "read" a cookbook is, if the recipe title sounds good, I pay attention. If the picture looks good, I pay attention. If the title or picture involves a food I don't care for, or doesn't sound appealing, I keep flipping.

I read every single recipe in this cookbook. And not, mind you, because I found every title/picture appealing. Though to be fair, there are a LOT of good recipes in here. No. I read every single one because this woman is funny as hell. She actually had me laughing out lou...more
Sherry
The Pioneer Woman Cooks; Food from my Frontier
By Ree Drummond

This is one of those cookbooks that one loves to look through! Recipes from the simple to more complicated with pictures of step by step process; for those who are visually inclined like me.

I’ve marked a few that I really want to try at home, one of them is Rigatoni and Meatballs on page 126, along with the Panfried Spinach on page 216 and Crash Hot Potatoes on page 217. Her desserts look most yummy but I think I’ll stick with my own P...more
Laela
I have never reviewed a cook book before, so please bear with me. I read this whole book, and I found it funny. I really like Ree’s sense of humor. I do apologies to whoever gets my book next. There may be some Basset Hound drool in it. The pictures are that lovely (although there could have been more Walter for my taste.) Did I make any of the recipes? No. When Ree called for the use of a whole can Chipotle peppers I was kind of out. I am not going to make that. I’m probably not going to cook a...more
Lilli
I was so excited when I heard this book was being made. I loved the first cookbook and knew that the second would only be better, and I was right. There's more recipes this time and some less filler though I enjoyed all of the extras in the first. As always there are step by step photo instructions which is always such a plus if you want to make sure you're doing something right. I have never ever pre-ordered a book, but I am so glad I did! I was definitely like a kid at Christmas when the book...more
Daleen Wilson
This book is overflowing with goodness. The photography is eye candy. The recipes sound devine. That is saying quite a bit from this 90% vegetarian cook. Most of the recipes include well, meat. I still want to cook! I want to figure out how they will work for me and my family. Ree's spirit just spills out of the pages. She has a beautiful spirit and is graciously sharing it with all of us. I feel like she wrote the book just for me and gave it to me as a gift. It feels that special.

You will fin...more
Erin
Ree Drummond's second cookbook is far better than her first in my opinion. I prefer the layout in "Food from My Frontier," and feel the photography and color is used better. What I love about her books is the fact she shows each step with pictures so you know whether or not you're on track, which is a plus for beginners. I have tried a handful of recipes so far, and each has been delicious. What's nice is you can find many of the recipes on her blog. This is one I would like to own someday, but...more
Katie Hopkins
I love this cookbook. While I could deal without the cheeky country girl humor (sorry, just not my thing), the recipes are delicious and easy to follow for a beginning cook.
Janastasia Whydra
Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier was not a book that had originally been on my "To Read" list, but I picked it up from the library while I was waiting for my mother to pick out her books. I browsed through it and I loved the vibrant photographs, so I checked the book out. The librarian had even made a comment that she loved the photos.

I find it's interesting, now that I reflect back on what happened at the library, the librarian's only comment about the cookbook was...more
Wendy
Note: I am reviewing the iBooks version of this cookbook.

If you want simple recipes with easy to find ingredients in an easy to follow format, than this cookbook is sure to get you rattling those pots and pans!

The design of Ree's cookbook is country flower perfect. She scatters pictures of her kids and pets (all of which are adorable) throughout the cookbook and she adds some nice touches that really give you a glimpse of her great personality. One of my favorites is her cooking playlist.

The iBo...more
Diane
I tried several (at least 7) different recipes, and two were things I would make again. In case you are wondering: Cherry limeade and citrus butter cookies -- I'm considering putting the citrus butter cookies on my holiday cookie list. The zingy, summery taste would be lovely, refreshing, and different on a holiday table or cookie exchange, and they looked gorgeous. I have followed "The Pioneer Woman" blog in the past, so I was familiar with her homey, homespun cooking and persona. Overall, the...more
Joan
My mom was a big baker when I was growing up, but I (foolishly) didn't pay attention at the time. Since then, I've been very hit-or-miss with baking success, so I really appreciate PW's step-by-step instructions of bakery recipes. Yes, I could have found the same amount of instruction in many other cookbooks, but I like PW's encouraging, down-home style of writing. Like my mom, for example, PW calls the final meal of the day "supper." Little things like that make me feel an immediate kinship wit...more
Trish
Jan 15, 2013 Trish rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Non-Fiction; Cooking
5 stars

A wonderful book full of delicious recipes and step-by-step directions.

If you follow the popular Pioneer Woman's blog (www.thepioneerwoman.com) then you already know that Ree Drummond is a fun, witty Mom who loves to make yummy food for her family. Be warned though, this is no diet cookbook. It is loaded with sour cream, half and half, sweetened condensed milk and tons of butter. You will not find a calorie count or fat gram measurement ANYWHERE in these pages.

I love...more
Shannon
A visual delight! Yum! I picked this cookbook up today and plowed through it, from start to finish. In the beginning of the cookbook, when discussing her new recipes, Ms. Drummond states they're "guaranteed to win friends, influence people, garner marriage proposals, foster friendships, mend fences, and make you the most popular person in town." Really?! Marriage proposals? I might just hold her to that, but I think I'll start with making something for my colleagues this week. I can't decide bet...more
Lisa
I only checked out this book because it is on my Goodreads 2012 Choice Awards Challenge. I've never been a fan of Ree Drummond, so I was a little bristly about it all. I picked it up from the library yesterday and when I flipped through, I was surprised. It's actually a pretty neat cookbook. I love cookbooks that have actual pictures of the dishes and this one takes it a bit further by showing the steps to get the finished product. Not totally necessary, but it can be helpful. I can't say there...more
Tubaville
I think that sometimes people just jump on the bandwagon of popularity and loving everything somebody does even if it's not always feasible. These recipes take a lot of time. They require expensive ingredients that not everyone has access to on a regular basis. I'm a stay-at-home mom and really pride myself on cooking a variety of tasty and sometimes elaborate meals for my family but there was very little in this cookbook that I would actually cook. One problem for me was that many of the recipe...more
Smokinjbc
Of course, the recipes are good - which is the point of any cookbook. However, I didn't catch that most of the extras were only viewable on Ipad/Iphone devices and unusable on Kindle until after I purchased it. I hoped I could at least "trade it in" for the basic Kindle version for a better price, but of course, no such version was available. I almost returned it, with so many features unusable, but since she had included a recipe for Osso Bucco- I had to keep it. I've been dying to attempt it a...more
Heather
This book is a lot of fun. The recipes are well thought out,original, easy to follow and so far turning out to be uber yummy! What is very cool about Ree Drummond's cookbooks is her use of photography. She photographs her recipes step by step and if really gives you a sense of the recipe that other cookbooks lack. Her photos are fun and reflect her style and daily life which is very inspiring. She adds funny sides to her recipes and photos that make it fun to read. I found myself chuckling more...more
Kelli
I love her writing style. I love the recipes. I love how her love for her family oozes through absolutely every page. Her pictures are breathtaking. I really loved everything about this book. The recipes are easy and delicious, and my husband loves most of them and my kids will eat them! That's a miracle alone, but on top of all of that, I ENJOY reading these recipes and seeing her step by step pictures. It's like two old friends in the kitchen together giggling and putting together a meal when...more
Kristie
As others have stated the pictures in this cookbook are beautiful. Ree adds family pictures throughout, as if her own little scrapbook, which personally I think is cute. She also adds a bit of her personality in with the recipes to make it more fun. I think this may be a good cookbook for someone just starting out, since she goes through all the steps with photos, however, it was not the best cookbook for me. Many of the recipes were too heavy for me on a daily basis, since we try to eat a littl...more
Kerri
Food from My Frontier is PW's second cookbook installation after her debut. I wish I could say that I liked this just as well as the originals, but really the two books are interchangeable.

Had PW evolved and developed into making something different from the usual comfort foods and entertainment vittles that made her famous, I would have been more intrigued, however she stuck with what was comfortable, and sometimes that even bordered on lazy. A recipe for potato skins? I appreciated the effort,...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Food from My Frontier is the second cookbook by Ree Drummond. Her first book, Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, featured "hearty family recipes interspersed with photos and stories." Ree takes a new turn with her latest cookbook. Her categories include breakfast, lunch, soups, starters, pasta, pizza, supper, sides, sweets and canning. Along with all the delicious recipes, Ree shares step by step photos and family photos from around the ranch.

I haven't tried any recipes yet (I picked up th...more
Minna
Downsides? The recipes weren't new (which was disappointing) and a little exorbitantly unhealthy, although that can always be fixed. Also, I really dislike cookbooks that tell you how to make a sandwich. I am pretty sure I can figure out how to make a sandwich all by myself thank you.
Plus sides? Less personal stuff than the last book, and I do very much like the visual style of the recipes (very reassuring for an amateur cook).
I think I only copied down one recipe to keep, so it's a good thing...more
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Ree Drummond began blogging in 2006 and has built an award-winning website, where she shares recipes, showcases her photography, and documents her hilarious transition from city life to ranch wife. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ladd; their four kids; their belov...more
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