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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  39,289 ratings  ·  817 reviews
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Paula Deen meets Erma Bombeck in The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond’s spirited, homespun cookbook. Drummond colorfully traces her transition from city life to ranch wife through recipes, photos, and pithy commentary based on her popular, award-winning blog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, and whips up delicious, satisfying meals for cowboys a
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by William Morrow Cookbooks (first published October 27th 2008)
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Nikki
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
(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
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Christy Stewart
Oct 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
False
Apr 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Diana
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-the-kitchen
Although I like to watch the Food Network, I can’t say I have watched Pioneer Woman very often. In this cookbook, we learn a lot about Ree Drummond. She’s shares about her day to day life on the ranch including lots of photographs of her family, pets, etc.

The recipes include pictures and easy to follow instructions. In fact, the step by step instructions each have their own picture of that particular step. I understand her blog, which I have never visited, is set up this same way with lots of v
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Trudi
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
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Kate
Feb 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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?
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Kerri
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Laurie
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
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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Margaret McCullough
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nancy
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Julie
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook
Is it a cookbook, a blog, or a family photo album? It's kinda cute to look at but the recipes are underwhelming.
Robert Davis
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Absolutely beautifully done book, practically a picture on every page. I love how there is a picture for every step in the recipes. (That is a BIG plus!) I would like to give 5 stars, but honestly, many of the recipes, while not bad, are just too mediocre, (Huevos Hyacinth and Egg-In-The-Hole to name just two). And let's be honest, Ree Drummonds' whole shtick as The Pioneer Woman is dubious at best. ...more
Christine
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook

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
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Steven Peterson
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
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
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Manami
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
pros:
she's very upfront about what this is--high calorie food, very basic, meat and potatoes.

cons:
this collection of recipes is some of the most basic stuff you'll ever see. there's literally recipes for meatloaf and mashed potatoes. ridiculous.

all her food is extremely meat and potatoes midwest themed. it's only good because it's got intense amounts of meat or butter or sour cream. i cannot imagine this is actually what she or her family eats on a regular basis.

she herself is nauseating. sh
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Michaiah
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I've been a huge fan and avid reader of ThePioneerWoman.com 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
Rebecca
Nov 01, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Renee
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
This is a strange little cookbook. I happened to watch an episode of The Pioneer Woman and thought that my family might like her simple, easy recipes. So I downloaded one of her cookbooks on my Kindle and starting leisurely bookmarking recipes while watching my children play on the beach. At first I was annoyed. There were pictures everywhere! Pictures of her kids, husband, friends, horses, cows... oh yeah, and lots of step by step pictures of food. I was feeling a little ripped off. I'd bought ...more
April Spaugh
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cook-books
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
Melinda
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodie, fun
I got this for Christmas, and sat down and read it. Yes, read a cookbook! Everything that I love about ThePioneerWoman.com 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!!!
Yasmeen
Mar 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbooks, nonfiction

I remember when I first stumbled upon Ree's now-famous website a couple of years ago: I was blown away by the photography and how funny she is.
But that got boring.
And she never improved.

The recipes are boring and most of them are available on her website. And I'm sick of her never referring to her husband by his real name. This isn't Sex and the City, Ree.

If I had to describe this in one word? Amateur at best.
Lisa
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Anne OK
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Cindy
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
A few good recipes, But Instead of 1/3 or more of the book taken up by pictures of cowboys, and cute animals (some they plan on killing and eating later) it would have been nice to have more actual recipes. I don't need a full page picture of her husband's butt in any of my cookbooks; a little self indulgent to me.
Colleen
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had to buy it. Wish me luck on actually cooking! The writing and photos are amazing though, I may attempt to mimic her culinary skills.
Lynne Davis
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this may be her first cookbook, lots of pictures of her kids when they were young. I've been following Ree for years, just love her!
Sara Habein
Mar 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Camisha Maze
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has lots of great comfort food recipes! I also love the story she tells along the book
Anastasia
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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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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