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THERE’S NO TIME LIKE DINNERTIME!

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I adore breakfast. I love lunch! But dinnertime definitely tops them all. It’s the time of day when we reunite with our sweeties, our kids, our friends, our parents . . . and catch up on the events of the day over something mouthwatering and delicious. Dinnertime anchors us, nourishes us, and reassures us. It’s the gr
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by William Morrow Cookbooks
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime is by Ree Drummond. If I had to describe this cookbook in one word, I think it would have to be delightful. This is not just a cookbook, it is so much more!

The cover of the book claims that it includes comfort classics, freezer food, 16-minute meals, and other delicious ways to solve supper. But there is a lot more to this book. It starts out with an introduction and a peek at a typical week in Ree Drummond’s life. Ree lives on a real, working ranch. This is on
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Nicole
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, cookbooks
After completing a whopping 61 recipes out of this cookbook (list of all recipes below with individual ratings), only 3 recipes were ones I wouldn't make again and a total of 20 made it into my personal recipe box!

For those who say Ree only produces butter heavy, heart-attack recipes, let me be the first to contradict. This book had a beautiful selection of vibrant and healthy salads to pick from. My favorites included easy and quick homemade dressings that you'll want to stock your fridge with
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Christina
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adore Ree Drummond...and her blog...and her cookbooks, this one especially :)
Cyndi
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of great recipes to try and excellent shots of ranch life. I will probably try some of the recipes but the ranch stuff looks like way too much work! Its no wonder they eat huge amounts of food. They need tons of energy.
Cheryl
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Step by step directions for making great dinners! Colorful pictures accompany each recipe. (They are mouth watering pics!) She also gives variations for the recipes (substitutes/additions for various ingredients) and "serve with" suggestions as well. Lots of family photos too! (Purchased this cookbook at a book signing event in December 2015 and thought Ree was warm and friendly to the huge number of people who stood in line to have their books signed).
Jeannie
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I received this as a gift. What a great gift idea. The photos in this cookbook are gorgeous.
I loved the step by step photo directions. I can't wait to try many of the recipes in this book, there are also several vegetarian options. I highly recommend the skillet lasagna, it is fabulous!


Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-and-drink
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime is releasing next week, on October 20th, so what better time to write a review? My mother and I adore Ree Drummond; we watch her on the Food Network check out her blog, and like numerous social media pages because she is a phenomenal cook, but also such a genuine, approachable person. This is the first Pioneer Woman cookbook that I own, so I was anticipating it’s arrival to check out what is inside, and get cooking in the kitchen. In this cookbook, there are o ...more
Kirsten
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't exactly read this, but I did look at every page and ever photo and every recipe.

Ms Drummond produces lovely cookbooks. Plenty of color photographs and good explanations of every step in the process. She even includes lists of things you should always keep in your pantry.

It would be a great addition to any cooks shelves.
Sydna
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015-reads
This is my favorite of all her cookbooks! Love the format, recipes and tips. Cannot wait to get in the kitchen!
Sheila Melo
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Book for Busy Families with Gorgeous Step By Step Photos and a Variety of Recipes

This cookbook focuses on dinnertime meals. Well organized and filled with recipes for a wide variety of tastes, this book is good for cooks at any level.

This book is simply beautiful. Filled with colorful and informative photos (there is a picture for every recipe), this book not only is great to look at but also gives good information for those of us who are competent but not particularly instinctive when i
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Cori
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cook-books, i-own
I am an incredibly visual person when it comes to prepping, cooking, baking, ordering, or all things food. So I LOVE the pictures that accompany these recipes. The recipes are reasonable too. Good food. I'd recommend as a hearty food prep book.
Ashley
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
Being 9 months pregnant, and desperate for freezer and quick dinner meal ideas, this book was absolutely perfect!
Andrea
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Aarti Sakhuja
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The actual product in Ree Drummond's "Dinnertime" met and exceeded my expectations. It was well written and thorough with each and every instruction and I could tell the author really knew what she was doing. The cookbook includes step by step instructions which is beneficial for beginner young chefs like myself, and the detailed descriptions really allow me to understand each step. There was an abundance of helpful information throughout the book, including the tips to make meal prepping easier ...more
Barb Keister
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I love to read cookbooks - just so enjoy all the family stories behind food. And not only is this one full of memories and stories, but I actually have cooked several things from it! The photographs for each step are so appreciated by a cook wannabe like me and each recipe is also accompanied by tips for variations. I think this one isn't going to stay pretty for long but will soon be splattered and dog-eared. It's a definite keeper!
Amy "the book-bat"
I really like the way this cookbook is set up. Each recipe has step-by-step photos to guide the reader through the cooking process. It is nice to see what the recipe is supposed to look like at the various stages. The recipes are for foods my family would be willing to eat, which is important. I think I want to add a copy to my collection, so I put it on my Amazon wishlist. (hint, hint, LOL)
Tena Edlin
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The Pioneer Woman cookbooks are a guilty pleasure for me... I love the pictures and the narration, and even if I never make the recipes, they all sound delicious. I've never gone wrong with the recipes I HAVE made from these books (her salsa recipe is the BEST), so it's all worth it, right?
Kara Thomas
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Man, this one is a chunk. However, it is super full of great eats. Fancy, simple, spicy, mild, fun, romantic, freezer food, tips, etc. Plus some great pictures. I'm a bit jealous of her life.
Anke
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I have the ibooks version on my ipad and love it. This is another great cookbook by Mrs. Drummond.
Danielle A
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Ree's design, recipes and photography so much. Very appealing book.
Denise Mullins
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Confession: while watching cooking shows represents one of life's pleasures to me, I have eschewed The Pioneer Woman. There's something in Ree Drummond's tone that is just a tad condescending, smug, and generally annoying (Sorry, I'm not one who has homeschooled my children while balancing a vocation as wife of a cattle baron with a career as a professional photographer). However, my snarky personal opinions aside, the food she cooks looks generally appealing and very doable, so I was happy to r ...more
Laura
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read cookbooks all the time but don't usually 'review' them. However, this one offered me simple yet genius ideas that I hadn't fully considered and will implement especially next winter. It's not especially gourmet, but sometimes you just need to get dinner on the table or take a dish to a friend in need.
threecatsandagirl
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: recipe-books
It was an okay recipe book! Nothing extra special to it. I didn’t love her style of writing either.
Tammy Smith
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her recipe are so easy and DELICIOUS!
Debby
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I've been a food blogger for seven years, so I guess I've been following Ree Drummond for almost eight years. I'm a big fan of Ina Garten, Tyler Florence, Emeril Lagasse-- in other words, I do like sophisticated cooking and like to challenge my self-taught culinary skills. With that said, I still love comfort food for the soul. That's what The Pioneer Woman is to me. I've read plenty of reviewers who are disappointed that most of these recipes are on her website. I can understand that. I'm just ...more
Sarah
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This is not a good or realistic cookbook for most people. I guess the author is kind of a celebrity? She spent an inordinate amount of time trying to convince the reader that she's "just like us!" Really, most of the recipes are too fiddly, have too many long or complicated steps, or are otherwise not useful for week nights for working families. Even the "16-minute meals" weren't useful-- they relied heavily on canned ingredients, which I can't eat (crazy, uncommon, stupid allergy) and also had ...more
Rachel
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This book was a Christmas gift that I requested and was very excited to get. However, when I started to thumb through the recipes, the food didn't seem as exciting or fun as Ree's other books, which I totally love. I was feeling a little disappointed and glum that this book might not bring as many regulars to my menu as I had hoped. Turns out I only had to make one dish for me to totally change my mind. I made her Salisbury Steak recipe - hello, how much does even that title remind you of T.V. d ...more
Barbara
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have ever seen a Pioneer Woman's cookbook and is it ever beautiful and loaded with step by step photos and beautiful pictures! So impressive. There are family and ranch pictures interspersed which make the book even more meaningful and special, allowing you to get to know a little more about Ree Drummond's life. Most of the recipes are down to earth regular good home cooking and are the types of food that hardworking families love to eat. It is obvious that Ms. Drummond ...more
Crystal
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good cookbook. She's still keeping dishes fairly simple but branching out a bit with more exotic ingredients, which I sometimes believe is not the best thing especially since she claims to be out in the wilderness. Many of her recipes are Tex-Mex inspired. I understand there is much influence for that in our culture today too but some of us just don't like and can't tolerate spicy food. I really like Ree and I'm very glad she's been so successful. Paula Deen made mistakes but I ...more
Christine
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cooking
There are a few freezer prep recipes and one soup I'll be trying, but nothing too exciting. This may be a good cookbook for a young mom or wife looking for a mix of early prep, quick and comfort food.

The step by step instructions are particularly helpful, but the design and layout of this photo-heavy book are not always intuitive. Something about the direction of the instruction is off to me.

While the photos of life on the ranch are good and interesting, the captioning right on the photos is di
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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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My husband and I have been married for many years, and I’d say as marriages go, ours is pretty darn good. We have four kids, work pretty hard, and spend a lot of time together, which is just fine with us since we really like each other and all that.
Now, I will confess that there has been one steady source of marital conflict through the years, and that is the fact that I gosh darn love a good meatless burger. I can’t really explain it. It must be a throwback to my vegetarian days. I don’t know…I just love them. I’ll never, ever forget the time, very early in our marriage, that Ladd and I went out to eat and I ordered--gasp--a veggie burger from the menu. The look on his face--it is etched in my memory. From where he stood, he didn’t even know burgers without meat existed. In his experience, a burger was meat, much like rain was water. It sent shockwaves through his being, and rattled the very foundation of our marriage.
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And I know in my heart that those two things can coexist.”
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