Crazy delicious recipes for a crazy busy life from the #1 New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star.
For home cooks, nothing beats spending a long, relaxing day preparing dinner for your family, savoring every flavorful step. But few of us really have the time to do that anymore, with school, sports, work, and appointments keeping us running and pulling us left and right. What busy home cooks REALLY need are FAST, EASY, and DOABLE solutions to solve the challenge of feeding their families quick, easy, wholesome food that tastes great day after day, week after week—without falling into a rut and relying on the same handful of meals.
Ree Drummond transforms taking it easy in the kitchen into an art, giving readers her very best make-it-happen strategies, pulled from her own non-stop life as a devoted wife, mother of four, food lover, and businesswoman. Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes for a Crazy Busy Life includes more than 125 of Ree’s best food solutions for making filling, nutritious meals with minimal fuss, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
With a mix of flavors and dishes that will please everyone, Ree makes it easy to whip up delicious, simple, down-home recipes that go from stove to table in no time!
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 beloved basset hound; and lots of other animals.
This is not my favorite Ree Drummond cookbook. That's not to say that it isn't a good cookbook, its just not a great cookbook which is what I have come to expect from Ree. The recipes are focused on meals that are quick and easy to make, often relying on pre-made or pre-mixed ingredients (such as pancake mix or freezer dough). While this does indeed make the process faster, it can periodically be to the detriment of overall flavor.
Now, there are hidden gems in this book; recipes that I have already revisited a number of time this year or can definitely see myself doing so in the future. The Overnight Muesli has become a staple in my house; a quick and easy way to prep a delicious and nutritious breakfast the night before! We've made all parts of the Greek Feast multiple times, I'm a sucker for the tomato-cucumber salad. Ree didn't include an entire section on salads this time around (the one aspect of the book that may have disappointed me the most), but she did include one killer recipe: the Citrus Salad with Vinaigrette is bright and delicious - a must try. Speaking of must tries, if there's one recipe you reach for in this entire book, let it be the Fried Shrimp. I can't rave about these enough! They remind me of a good ole' walleye fish fry on the lakes of Northern Minnesota - tastes like home.
Lunches on the Go: 8/9 Recipes BBQ Chicken Wings (4/5) Lemon-Basil Potato Salad (5/5) Apple-Celery Slaw (2/5) Pasta Salad in a Jar (3/5) Salad on a Stick (2/5) Beef Noodle Salad Bowls (3/5) Thai Chicken Wraps (3/5) Greek Feast to Go (5/5)
I think this is my favorite of her cookbooks, so far. Tons of terrific and easy recipes. Since I’m a regular cook and not a chef I am always on the lookout for easy recipes. For example there is a great granola bar recipe made with rice krispies. Chicken strips made with Cap’n Crunch and a stuffed pizza crust. Yum! 😋
I enjoy the Pioneer Woman's TV show and usually love her cookbooks, finding at least 3 or 4 things to make ASAP. Not so with this one. There wasn't a single recipe that I even considered. Very disappointing, Ree. I returned it! That almost never happens with a cookbook! I gave it 2 stars rather than 1 because of the nice pictures.
It's a really beautiful book. The amount of pictures make recipes really easy to follow even for n00bs like me. The cutesy tone and the real life anecdote work for me, but I can see how it could be grating for some. This was actually intended as a gift to a family member who likes cookbooks, but I might keep it after all, because none of the recipes come across as "healthy", and some of the ingredients may be a little harder to find up here in the North than they are in Middle USA. I must say that none of the recipes made me go OMG YES I'M COOKING THIS RIGHT NOW. But it's still a beautiful book..!
First, Drummond uses regular, everyday ingredients -- sometimes she even uses store-bought cake mixes, etc!
Recipes are organized in colo-coded sections: Breakfasts, Lunches On the Go, Apps & Snacks, Under 40 (less than 40 minutes to put together), Under 20, Take Your Time, Sheet Pan Suppers, Meatless Marvels, Sensational Sides, Bread Baby, and Sweets, Glorious Sweets
Recipes within each section contain the serving size, a little bit about the recipe, a "bold" list of ingredients, and color photographs of the food, including step-by-step of instructions with photos!
Sprinkled throughout are snippets about the family and at the end of the book is a tribute to Charlie.
At the very end (just before the index) is a small section called Recipes for All Occasions, which provides headings such as Plentiful Potluck to Neat to Reheat to Slumber Party Delights, etc. with a list of recipes and their corresponding page number that works for each event.
Following this is a Universal Conversion Chart for Oven Temperature and Measurements Equivalents
I love The Pioneer Woman - I’ll buy her line of products all day 1. Take my money, 2. I’m even willing to go in to Walmart (worst store on the planet, not sorry). So of course I adore her cookbook. The step by step pics are glossy and just fantastic, and a lot of the recipes aren’t that bad (“bad” meaning not too unhealthy or high calorie- easily adjustable for lifestyle, I guess is what I’m trying to say). The entire presentation 👌🏻
The Pioneer Woman Cooks:Come And Get It by: Ree Drummond 2017 William Marrow 5.0 / 5.0
This is exactly what you would expect from Ree....beautiful glossy color pages, endearing stories of her life and family, and simple but unbeatable recipes, for all palates. Color coding the different type of dishes, make it super easy to use, and to find recipes quick. The photos are all gorgeous, the recipes easy to follow. Chilaquiles, Pimento Cheese, Potato Chip Cookies. Zucchini Bread, Confetti Cornbread and Hot Corn Dio.... Just a sample of the recipes I plan on attempting, from this gorgeous cookbook. If you like simple food, tasty but quick to make, this would be a great cookbook to choose.
I’m a big fan of Ree Drummond’s books and tv show. She’s a loving wife and mom, has some fantastic recipes, funny, and I love they clothes she wears! So when I saw this book was available at my library I put it on hold. Two days later I had it in my hands.
There are photos and stories of her, her family & pets, and The Merc. The recipes have photos of each step which I really liked. I do wish the book included the nutritional info for each recipe though. Many of us are restricted on the amount of salt, calories, carbs etc. that we can have each day and that would make it easier to decide whether to try the recipe or not.
Speaking of recipes, a few I want to try are Overnight Muesli, Orang-Vanilla Monkey Bread, Tai Chicken Wraps, Pretzel Coated Fried Goat Cheese, Dinner Nachos. I also want to make many of the Take Your Time (slow cooker), Sheet Pan Suppers and Meatless Marvels recipes.
I love this book so much that I renewed the hold so I could keep it longer, and plan on buying a copy.
If you love Ree, recipes, or cookbooks, check this book out.
I enjoyed the writing much more than the recipes in this one. She is down-to-Earth and funny, but the layout (photos for every step!) doesn't lend itself to easy usage. The recipes are very handy and friendly and would be a great starting place for people without much cooking experience.
A Visually Appealing Cookbook -- Cooking Made Easy
Let me start by saying... I LOVE Ree Drummond. Her show, The Pioneer Woman, is my absolute favorite to watch. Her new cookbook is saving our meal times! We were stuck in a pattern of the same old recipes and/or take out. Cooking wasn't fun anymore and was becoming an unpleasant activity. We bought this book as our family Christmas present.
BUT WAIT .... The best part is that every recipe comes with a full color image featuring the final product IN ADDITION TO images for EACH AND EVERY STEP OF THE COOKING PROCESS!! As a visual learner, this has made the cooking process very simple and effective because I know I am on the right track with how the meal and final product should look. Ree doesn't just leave it at recipes either -- she includes the name and image (w/ description) of her favorite pantry items, freezer/fridge staples, and favorite cuts of beef. This cookbook is amazing. A lot of recipes are perfect for freezing too. Everything you need -- all in one place.
Also, we have already hit winners on 3/3 recipes -- we made the Mini Sausage Casseroles, Spaghetti Carbonara, and Curried Rice. EXTREMELY Delicious! Even my 2 year old son is enjoying these recipes.
I just love these cookbooks. They’re beautiful, funny, and this one especially was filled with page after page of recipes I can’t wait to try. These cookbooks are made for cooking good food, but they’re also meant for reading and enjoying like any other book.
Loved the detailed pics for instructions. Liked her conversational style. Found inspiration for some recipes to try. Or even to create my own versions. Who wouldn't love a muffin top?!? Without the base. And the sheet dinners seem like they could be a life saver
Beautifully photographed and written as a kind of diary of her family and recipes that reflect an “ on the go” feeling. Quick fixes and quicker fixes. If you are a twenty or thirty something you may need this book.
I really enjoyed reading the stories and seeing the pictures plus I cannot wait to try numerous recipes out of the book. There are so many great ones and love her style of cooking. I did not give this book 5 stars because most of these recipes are on her blog or the Food Network so nothing new. It is nice having them in one place.
I love Ree and I enjoyed reading her little blurbs but the thing I’ve always liked about her cookbooks is how familiar everything is to my Midwest rural kitchen. This cookbook has too many recipes that my husband turns his nose up to. He’s not eating a roasted vegetable sandwich. There are a couple recipes I will make but it’s not going to be a go-to like her other cookbooks are
Enjoy the range of recipes. Like that the recipes have photographs for each step. Only complaint is the cook/bake time does not appear at the start of the recipe. Most cookbooks I have show the bake/cook or even prep time listed along with the ingredients. With this cookbook, you have to read through all the steps to find out how long to cook/bake it. I'd rather have it listed at the start, so when I scan the recipes I'd know this is a recipe means I'm running the oven for 45 minutes, etc.
What a beautiful cookbook! Ree Drummond has done it again! The recipes look fantastic but even more than the recipes, I love her pictures of her family and the ranch. I've got every one of her cookbooks and I love them all.