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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  17,751 ratings  ·  700 reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by William Morrow Cookbooks (first published October 27th 2008)
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Christy Stewart
This book is 1 part of the most basic recipies you'll ever need and 15 parts pictures of her family and horses. It's more of a love letter to her kids than an actual cook book, but if you need to know that to make eggs in a basket you put egg on toast, go ahead and buy this.

And with all the photos of horses throughout the book, there was not ONE horse recipe. What a jip.
(WARNING: incoming rant)

I wanted to give this book three stars but since I found out the TRUTH about what a fake and phony Ree Drummond is, I cannot.

Through several websites I read the truth about Ree, her life of privilege in an upper-middle-class family and then marrying into one of the top land-owner ranching families in the US. The "pioneer" appellation that Ree gave herself must be an inside joke because she and her husband are so rich (without even counting her $1.5M+ blog, TV show, cookbo

I don't cook, not really. I can make an okay omelet, an edible lasagna, pretty yummy mashed potatoes and gravy ... and that's about it. And it isn't that I'm SO INEPT, I just don't really have the desire to cook. I don't like it. It's not fun for me. But here's the thing -- I LOVE to eat and I LOVE to watch food being prepared. Yes, I'm a food porn addict. I watch the Food Network, I drool over online recipes imagining what things would taste like. But would I ever bother to gather all the ingre
False Millennium
First of all, why would you even buy this book since all of the recipes are on her website for free--unless you just had to have the complete Pioneer Woman Experience--and there are legions. She is highly marketed. What you aren't told is that her husband is something like the eighth largest land owner in the U.S. She has staff on many levels. In other words, she's a 1%'er who can choose to create and live her life style. Not a simple ranch wife. Not by a long shot.

She's quick to admit, this is
I didn't know that I could have such a great time READING a cookbook.

The usual cookbook is just page after page of boring black and white text. Not so with the Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ree Drummond combines her love of family, food and ranching in a beautiful homage to the people, places and things that she loves.

Her photography is stunning. The visual step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and the ingredients are items that you can find in a typical grocer store. Add to that the fact that
This book was my first exposure to Pioneer Woman, other than stumbling on her blog a few times. I will say this: don't pick her book up expecting to go on a diet. She makes good, hearty meals for hard working ranchers and a family full of growing kids, so if you're looking for salad recipes this is not the place to start.

The grouping of this book was great -- I found it very easy to find a recipe for whatever my purposes were, and I enjoyed that her penchant for photography shone through, weavin
Margaret McCullough
I've been following Ree Drummond since she first began blogging a few years ago. Her quick wit makes it a pleasure to read even the most mundane of daily tasks. When I found out there was to be a cookbook, I knew I *had* to have it. Ree is obviously a visual person (something I appreciate) because her recipes are shown with tons of step-by-step pictures. I think the whole reason I buy cookbooks to begin with are the pictures... :-) It's the only cookbook on my counter because I use it so much. T ...more

If you've followed her blog as I have, you'll be pleased to find that author Ree Drummond sticks to her characteristic mix of wry humor and butter by the pound. 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 far
Steven Peterson
This cookbook is a boatload of fun. The story of how a big city woman became a country girl, serving hearty food to ranchers, is interesting in its own right. The variety of pictures that portray life on a ranch--having little to do with the recipes--adds a very nice context against which to look at the recipes. Just so, photos of the Pioneer woman, the ranchers, the kids, the dogs, and the horses. One minor thing that reminds me of growing up in central Illinois. Our three meals were breakfast, ...more
I've been a huge fan and avid reader of for nearly two years, and have been anxiously awaiting this cookbook. It is without a doubt the most colorful, beautiful cookbook I own, and I'm sure one of the most colorful and beautiful cookbooks ever published. And it's more than just a cookbook. Ree combines plenty of recipes, including the stories behind them, with her own gorgeous photography and interesting details of her ranch life. I love cookbooks, and every time I get a new ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
If you’re not familiar with The Pioneer Woman, you need to be! This woman is amazing! She’s a ranch wife and manages to maintain an amazing blog, homeschool four kids, take gorgeous pictures and create a beautiful cookbook.

I was mesmerized by The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond when I got it. In this wonderful cookbook Ree explains how she became The Pioneer Woman, shows a little of ranch life and shares some of her great recipes. The beauty of the recipes is that they’re created from simple
This cookbook is like no other in my cupboard... which is both a good thing and a bad thing. I've only recently started reading her blog recently, and knowing that she has a blog, I'm a little disappointed at how few recipes are in the book. She had soo many recipes w/ pictures taken at her disposal, so I expected more recipes (especially considering how big the book is). So that's the bad, but there is good! I love having step-by-step instructions for each of the recipes. And I love knowing tha ...more
I actually sat down and read this cookbook cover to cover, then I tried a few of the recipes and they got raves from my hungry crew so I figured I should review it. The recipes in this book had ingredients that I had in my pantry, which seems to never happen with other cookbooks. No nonsense food with lots of beef and potatoes, but that is just like my family likes it. Love the pictures that showed the step-by-step instructions, very helpful.
I got this for Christmas, and sat down and read it. Yes, read a cookbook! Everything that I love about is also in her cookbook. She loves her husband, she loves her children, and she loves her life even thought is has hardship and difficulty. The photography is wonderful, the recipes are top notch REAL food with interesting twists, and her humor is an added spice!

Get this, read it, and cook from it!!!
In a nutshell, if you've read the recipes on, you have read this book. I didn't see anything new, but it would be helpful if you had your ereader with you at the grocery store or propped up in front of you while you cook. Homey, simple recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eater.

3.5 stars, only because the website is more in depth and this book is essentially excerpts from that website.
Anne OK
Got my copy and love the layout of the cookbook. It's classic Pioneer Woman and after scanning the book quickly, it looks like there are lots of wonderful recipes. Beautifully photographed. A wonderful Christmas gift idea for anyone who loves to cook. Ree Drummond has hit a homerun with her recipes and life stories in my opinion.
The diet that my husband and I follow for our diabetes management gives us one day of cheating. The point is to eat so much of the bad stuff that you are happy to stay away from it for a whole week. And I almost always turn to the Pioneer Woman. She started out as a website and her forte is step by step pictures, and being pretty damn funny too. You can get a lot of recipes off her website. But there's really something special about having her book in the house. It includes stories from her life ...more
I love this woman. I loved this book. Her tale of meeting "Marlboro Man", just weeks before heading to the big city to begin law school, of being swept off her feet by a dying breed of cowboy simply enchanted me. The recipes are also fantastic. My meat-and-potatoes-lovin' man THANKS me for picking this volume up at our local library! Warning: if you check this out, you WILL gain weight. But, oh what fun it is! This is a memoir. It is a fantastic cookbook. But it is also a eyewitness look at life ...more
Katherine A.
The only exposure I had to Ree Drummond before e-borrowing this from the library was when I accidentally stumbled across a post on her blog about making Eggs Benedict. I clicked out of there quick after reading her recommendation that you make an "F5 tornado" out of boiling water to hold the eggs together. Eeesh, no thanks.

So later I e-borrowed this book since the fish-out-of-water-cookbook idea sounded interesting...and was immediately confused. Was this a memoir or a cookbook? Or is it both?
I ordered this book the other day, having it been in my wish list for quite a while when I saw it on sale I hit buy.

I have been following Ree's blog for quite some time. The combo of photography, recipes and giveaways is pretty enticing and it's not too hard to fall into the pattern of reading her entries obsessively on my Google Reader.

Her recipes are good, regular down-home cooking. One of the must frustrating things about other famous chefs (I'm looking at YOU Rachel Ray) is that the ingred
I became a fan of Pioneer Woman some time ago when I happened upon her blog one day. I've enjoyed her humor, the glimpses into her life, her children and the handsome Marlboro Man that she married. And now I am enjoying her first book The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. 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 ...more
Love these books, love these recipes, love love love everything about these. The pictures are amazing! Try the cinnamon rolls. They are easier to make than some recipes and WAY WAY better. I make these up in advance and hand them out already baked and frozen to family members. I get phone calls and emails wondering if I'm bringing these rolls to the next family function. These cinnamon rolls will make you famous! :) Her simple Chili recipe is awesome, honestly every single recipe in this book is ...more
I had never heard of Ree Drummond or her Pioneer Woman blog until a couple of weeks ago when I saw a short article about her in a magazine. There was a recipe for meatballs that was part of the article and they sounded like something my husband would like. I made them the following weekend and I was correct. My husband loved them and the very simple sauce for them. I still haven't read her blog, but decided to get this book when I got a thing in the mail to rejoin The Good Cook cookbook book clu ...more
Aug 23, 2009 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jackie by: Tavia at HarperCollins
This book is a lot of fun. Part cookbook, part scrapbook (complete with the author's own photography and honest to goodness clip art), and all love affair with food, family and
ranch life. There are homey tidbits (like what NOT to scratch after seeding a jalapeno), old fashioned recipe instructions ("throw on a big pile of pico de gallo" or "if your husband walks in as you're completing this step, shield the bowl with your body and stir quickly. What he doesn't know won't hurt him.") and other h
Sara Habein
Anyone who picked up this cookbook and expected a straightforward, recipes-only affair must not be all that familiar with the internet presence that is Pioneer Woman.

Each of her recipes have step-by-step photos documenting the process, which can be tremendously helpful for beginning cooks. Drummond takes all the photos herself, and it has been fun to watch the evolution of her photography reading her site over the years. She’s the first one to admit she’s no photography expert, but she’s no slou
I first stumbled across The Pioneer Woman blog through her photography section and immediately was fascinated with her writing and her life. Completely down to earth, she started the blog only about 3 years ago and it has morphed into something huge. Her husband is a cattle rancher in Oklahoma, where they also house wild mustangs for the government. Everything she does is with class and high quality and attention to detail.

This book showcases her unique style of teaching recipes. She takes pict
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Jackie says:

This book is a lot of fun. Part cookbook, part scrapbook (complete with the author's own photography and honest to goodness clip art), and all love affair with food, family and ranch life. There are homey tidbits (like what NOT to scratch after seeding a jalapeno), old fashioned recipe instructions ("throw on a big pile of pico de gallo" or "if your husband walks in as you're completing this step, shield the bowl with your body and stir quickly. What he doesn't know won't hurt him.")
I was so excited to have the chance to review this cookbook! I've been reading Ree Drummond's blog, The Pioneer Woman for quite awhile now, and I've found it to be interesting, entertaining, humorous and useful, which perfectly describes her cookbook as well. The narrative of Ree Drummond's life, her family, her love story with the "Marlboro Man", life on the ranch, and the beautiful photos (taken by Ree), make this a book worth reading, even if there were no recipes. But, Oh! the recipes - Hot ...more
I love PW's blog, and I love this book. Why, when so many of the photos and recipes are on the blog? Because it's a BOOK. I can take it to bed and read it there; I can turn the pages and get that fabulous scent of books and paper; I can put it in my tote bag and read it while I'm waiting for a doctor visit.
We're a family of cooks, and of cookbook readers - we'll read 'em like novels. What more could you want - fabulous, delicious, "real people" food, glorious photos, great anecdotes. This is one
I love Ree's blog. I've been reading it for over two years now and go there almost daily. I really had high hopes for this cookbook and pre-ordered it months ago. Yesterday the package came and I was so excited. I read through the whole book in one sitting. The book is colorful and the pictures are beautiful, BUT - most of it is already on her blog. I was hoping for all new recipes and pictures, but time and time again I would turn the page and see a recipe or pictures that are already on her bl ...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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