I received this cookbook for Christmas and it's awesome!! Interspersed with all the recipes are some of her photos she has taken at her ranch, which aI received this cookbook for Christmas and it's awesome!! Interspersed with all the recipes are some of her photos she has taken at her ranch, which are incredible, as well as some of her writing from her blog. The recipes themselves include step-by-step photographs, which for me is a BIG plus. I was sick when the author came here locally for her book tour and I probably wouldn't have gone if I was well, but now that I have the cookbook and read more of her writing, I definitely wish I would have had the chance to meet her and get an autographed copy. This is a really good book that is full of great photography, awesome recipes, and her humor-filled writing that shares the Pioneer Woman's personality and will make you want more, whether it be from her blog or just another book!!...more
Got this book from the library as we've watched this show on TV and I was interested to see what the cookbook was like. It is presented very well, begGot this book from the library as we've watched this show on TV and I was interested to see what the cookbook was like. It is presented very well, beginning with basics, not only introducing her philosophy but also helping explain how you can overcome roadblocks to having family dinners and also presenting the basics of cooking (which is one of the roadblocks she mentions). Her format is planning for 2 weeks at a time with consistent theme nights so it makes the meal planning easier. Her cookbook is set up according to her sample theme nights. There are some really great simple and even fancier meals in this book. There are also sections on snacks, salads, sides, and even breakfast for dinner (which could also be, um, breakfast). There are also sample conversation starters on each recipe page, to help you get meaningful conversations going with your kids and family.
I got this book from the library and had it for a while during a move, so I wasn't able to use it as much as I would have liked, but I did finally take the time to sit down and read through her philosophy and go over the recipes before I had to return it. It is definitely one that I would love to get and I would definitely recommend to any family. There are 2 bread recipes and a Louisiana pork roast that I really want to try! ...more
AWESOME cookbook!! I have followed the authors' blog for several months and it's awesome. The cookbook lives up to the blog. The photos are great andAWESOME cookbook!! I have followed the authors' blog for several months and it's awesome. The cookbook lives up to the blog. The photos are great and the instructions for the recipes are written clearly. There are also several tips, techniques, and tutorials throughout the book -- for example, how to peel and roast garlic, how to grill corn, what type of limes are the juiciest, and more. Each recipe lists how many servings it makes and several also include serving suggestions (which I really need - I always have trouble coming up with what to serve with something). Some recipes also list rollover ingredients. Going to the back of the book, there is then a rollover index that lets you look up what else you can make with those leftover ingredients so they don't go to waste! Some have freezer instructions to freeze leftovers. Some list if they can be made ahead of time. Other labels are "Quick and Easy" and "Vegetarian." There are variations for several recipes. This is a beautiful hardback, spiral-bound book. It also includes a plastic bookmark with conversions and equivalents on it. Besides the rollover index, the regular index allows you to look up by recipe name, food type (beef, broccoli, etc.), or even food category (appetizers, candys and snacks, etc.). The book is broken down into sections, starting off with appetizers and drinks and going through breads; condiments, spreads, and garnishes; soups and chilis; on to desserts. This book is filled with so many fabulous, delicious-looking recipes that I cannot wait to try!! Crepes, homemade tortillas, homemade ice creams (Snickerdoodle ice cream or mango-pineapple sorbet anyone?), Brazilian lemonade, homemade Hot Pocket-type sandwiches, garlic bread seasoning, french dip sandwiches, Mexican-style corn on the cob, Chunky Monkey pie, cherry chocolate ice cream, cinnamon bun caramel corn, and homemade caramels!!! Did I miss any? Believe it or not, I did!
8/30/11 update -- I have now made a few things from this book and have enjoyed them all! My husband has pronounced the french bread incredible and now wants me to make it rather than buying a loaf at the store. The French dip is fabulous, as are the steak fries. I'm officially addicted to those dang things. Super easy and they have a great trick to make them turn out perfect!!...more
I found this author's blog through a friend, who had made us her zucchini brownies on her website. They were fabulous!! I browsed through the site andI found this author's blog through a friend, who had made us her zucchini brownies on her website. They were fabulous!! I browsed through the site and really liked the recipes I found. I noticed she would be at my local Costco, so I went down, picked up a copy of the book, and met the author. At the signing, she included a nice bookmark that has measurement equivalents on it - very nice to have handy!
This book is a smaller square book and the spiral binding is a little wobbly and a lot of my pages were stuck, so I had to gently pull them apart, but after I flipped through them again, it looks like they'll be fine now.
I was a bit bummed that there is not a picture of every recipe, and as most of the recipes were from her blog and she includes lots of pictures on there, that shouldn't have been a problem, so it must have been a publisher issue. However, to me, photos are so helpful in a cookbook - they help me decide if I like how something looks, oftentimes better than reading through the recipe itself.
I also noticed that included in the book are several of the "standard" LDS dishes, which are yummy but ones I already have and wish she had chosen more of the non-traditional ones from her blog. However, as her blog readers may be more wider based than LDS women, the inclusion of those recipes could have been aimed at them.
It still looks like a really good cookbook to have and I can't wait to try out more of her recipes. I've been searching for a great stew recipe (because we love Dinty Moore and, let's face it, it's expensive to buy!!) and the picture of her mom's stew in the book looks yummy and kinda close to Dinty Moore. LOL
I think this would make a great starter cookbook for a newlywed couple, despite the "mom" in the title. It's full of easy to follow, simple recipes, which I believe is the author's whole premise of her blog and book - making it fast and simple to get meals on the table for our families!...more
I'm a huge fan of the Our Best Bites blog. It is my go-to site when I need a recipe for anything. I love the fun premise of this book with the recipesI'm a huge fan of the Our Best Bites blog. It is my go-to site when I need a recipe for anything. I love the fun premise of this book with the recipes broken into the 4 seasons....a lot of grilling ideas for summer, soups in fall and winter, etc. I made the strawberry lemon cookies and glazed lemon cake for my niece's bridal shower and they were a big hit! I was thrilled with the lemon cake recipe as I've been looking for that one for years ever since I had it somewhere else. Every recipe I make from these girls turns out so well. I love having their great recipes in cookbooks with their easy to follow instructions and beautiful picturesof each recipe. This book includes a helpful bookmark with measurements on it, as well as an easy to use index and the ingredient rollover index for leftovers of little used ingredients plus beautiful pictures of every single recipe and bonuses of fun crafts as well as tutorials like how to grill the perfect steak and tell how done it is just by touch. Another great cooking resource that I will use time and time again!...more
Nicely put together cookbook with pictures for every recipe (the most important thing in a cookbook for me). A bunch of the recipes are "standard" LDSNicely put together cookbook with pictures for every recipe (the most important thing in a cookbook for me). A bunch of the recipes are "standard" LDS recipes that I'm well familiar with (which is honestly why this book doesn't get 5 stars because I have a bunch of the recipes already), but there are still many that I don't already have. I really like the inclusion of all the extras in this book - the spring cleaning checklist is awesome, as is the pallet bookshelf and the kid wash!! So trying these out!! I like the softbound book and the sturdy pages and will most definitely be trying many things in this book!...more
Oh my word!! I am in LOVE with this cookbook. OK, I haven't actually made anything from it yet, BUT it's an ENTIRE cookbook of MENUS!!! Which I totallOh my word!! I am in LOVE with this cookbook. OK, I haven't actually made anything from it yet, BUT it's an ENTIRE cookbook of MENUS!!! Which I totally need because, while I can cook and I enjoy it and I make good things, um, I don't always know how to make meals, which sides to fix with which main dishes. This book has it planned out for me! There are 3 recipes for each menu, 1 main dish and the other can be a veggie, a salad, a side, a dessert, an appetizer, well, you get the idea. The main dishes range all over, from crock pot meals, soups, casseroles, and on and on. There are also more of the fun things from their website and like they included in their first cookbook in this book (like, family dinner conversation starters, how to decorate a birthday chair, the thankful tablecloth, and so on). I've enjoyed the Six Sisters' first cookbook and the recipes and other fun things in there, and I cannot wait to try the menu format of this book and how simple it will be to just open it up and plan menus for my family!...more
I was so excited for this book as I use Sara and Kate's recipes regularly and follow their blog religiously. I also was intrigued about the healthierI was so excited for this book as I use Sara and Kate's recipes regularly and follow their blog religiously. I also was intrigued about the healthier focus of this cookbook. This is a softbound book, whereas their first two were spiral bound and hardback, so this book doesn't lay open as nicely, but the set up is very similar, with a nice large and beautiful picture for every recipe. The book is separated into categories (appetizers, snacks, beef, etc.); however, there are no distinct separate sections. Instead, just a little notation at the top of each page indicating which section it belongs in. So, I started the book out looking at Breakfast Anytime and then turned the page and wondered why I was looking at a Soup. Each recipe lists a Nutrition section, with the key points you might want to know - calories, carbs, sugars, fat, fiber, and protein, for example. There are also plenty of tips (cooking, shopping, preparation, author's notes, alternatives, etc.). Each recipe also lists their signature Rollover Ingredients. There is also a coordinating rollover index at the back, like their other cookbooks. I will admit that while perusing this cookbook, less recipes jumped out at me as appetizing than their previous books that I knew right away that I HAD to try. However, that said, there are still great-sounding recipes, some already featured on their blog and some new ones, that I'm definitely going to try. We have already tried the oven-baked apple chips and they're fabulous! Definitely need to make those again! Overall, I think I still like their first two books the best, but this is a great, healthier addition to my cookbook library!...more