Good Minds Suggest: Ree Drummond's Favorite Cookbooks

Posted by Goodreads on December 8, 2015
Ree Drummond

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Ree Drummond, America's favorite cookbook-writing ranch wife, aka the Pioneer Woman, began her journey to Web, print, and television superstardom in 2006, when she launched a blog documenting life on her family's remote Oklahoma cattle farm. Fans instantly flocked to the site (thepioneerwoman.com), where the mother of four shares details about running her rural household, cooking comfort meals, and homeschooling her kids. The site won multiple awards—it now attracts more than 20 million page views per month—and in 2009, Drummond released the No. 1 bestselling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. Her latest book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!, was named winner of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for best food and cookbooks. Drummond, who hosts a Food Network show called The Pioneer Woman, has also written children's picture books and a memoir about her transformation from urban working girl to ranch wife after falling for her third-generation cowboy husband. Here she shares five of her favorite cookbooks.

How to Cook Without a Book by Pam Anderson
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"This is a no-frills cookbook that presents easy formulas for soups, stir-fries, pan sauces, and many other kitchen staples. Years ago this cookbook gave me confidence that you don't always have to use a precise recipe to make something delicious, and my sister loved it so much, she permanently borrowed it from me. Pam Anderson is such a pro, but in such an accessible way."


Weddings by Martha Stewart
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"I was an early, early, early Martha Stewart fan. She published this huge, beautiful book in 1987, and my mom bought it even though her two daughters were 18 and 13 and nowhere near ready to get married! My mom and I would sit around and devour the beautiful photos of flowers and gowns and receptions…but the recipes were what I remember. If you can pick up a vintage copy somewhere, I highly recommend it! It's a glimpse into elegance and taste in the '80s, which, according to photos of myself during that time period, I did not have much of."


Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten
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"This was my first Ina Garten cookbook, I believe, and when I received it, I was deep into married life, with babies and small kids everywhere. I appreciated the real-world, everyday recipes in the book, and every one I tried worked for me. This was way before I was a blogger or cookbook author myself, and I remember that I wrote her a fan email, telling her how much I enjoyed the recipes in the book!"


Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
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"Jessica is a blogging friend, and this cookbook is a such a feast for the senses. She puts together ingredients and combinations that make you go 'mmmmmm!,' and her photos are irresistible. She loves food, and her awesome recipes prove it!"


The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
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"I love this cookbook. Deb is also a longtime blogging friend and has such a beautiful sensibility when it comes to food. Her recipes are elegant but deliciously unfussy, and you can tell she's put a lot of thought into every ingredient and quantity. The photos are beyond gorgeous, and you'll want to earmark the whole book as you turn the pages. I'm smitten with this book!"






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