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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl [Kindle Edition]

Ree Drummond
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,462 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 and cowgirls alike made from simple, widely available ingredients. The Pioneer Woman Cooks—and with these “Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl,” she pleases the palate and tickles the funny bone at the same time. 

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Blogger-turned-author Drummond gives readers a slice of frontier life in this likeable-enough collection of recipes and dispatches from the Oklahoma ranch she shares with her husband and children. Replicating the step-by-step photography that made her blog such a hit, Drummond walks readers through dishes ranging from simple-Guacamole, Chili, Artichoke Dip-to more complex, such as from-scratch Cinnamon Rolls and Sherried Tomato Soup. Drummond's careful coaching will help anyone intimidated by the kitchen fearlessly crank out favorites like Chicken Fried Steak, Meat Loaf and Rib Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce. While the recipes are reliable home cooking standards, relentless references to her husband, known as the Marlboro Man, range from distracting to juvenile, giving what could have been a comfort food classic the feel of a junior-high class project.
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  • File Size: 45317 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69DCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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486 of 501 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting less..... December 8, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After reading SO SO many 5 star reviews and then the few sprinkled here and there that were less than stellar, I was expecting this cookbook not to wow me. I thought the 5 star reviews were from fans that would love anything PW put out, no matter what it was, and that the people who were not impressed were probably the ones who had their feet on the ground about the book. But uh.....I LOVE the book. It's beautiful, in full color (I must admit I hate cookbooks without pictures), and EVERY recipe has pictures--lots of them. I am a lover of real food: butter, meat, fruit, veggies, all the food God made in the state in which He made them. This cookbook allows me to use almost every recipe without alterations.

I know one complaint from some people was that most of these recipes are already on her blog. Maybe this is true, but as the mother of 6 small children, I simply don't have time to surf pages of recipes. I need them in book form, in my face, on my counter. A few of these recipes look familiar, but I've not been able to go through all the recipes on her site. And you know, even if I had been able to, it's nice to not have to get online to find a recipe. So if all the recipes in the book are on her blog, I am not irritated with Ree, I am *thankful* to her for providing such a wonderful resource for *free* all this time, and now I'm thankful I get to have all those wonderful recipes right in my hand.
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233 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars step-by-step picture recipes October 28, 2009
In "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl," Ree Drummond provides step by step recipes in categories like Starters (appetizers), In the Morning (breakfast), Dinner (lunch), Supper (dinner), and Sweets (dessert). There are also bonus sections like Sunday Dinner and Cowboy Dinner Party.

The book is full of colorful photographs, and starts off with an introduction where Drummond tells her story of becoming a country girl and learning southern cooking. Having graduated from a college in L.A., she goes back home with plans to fly to Chicago and start law school. However, her plans are disturbed when she meets Marlboro Man--the character to become her husband and a true cowboy--in an eatery one day. From then on, it's marriage, four kids, country life, and a long immersion into southern cooking. Throughout the recipes, Drummond includes pictures of her family and her country life.

The recipes themselves are delicious: roasted corn salad, morning cinnamon rolls, sour cream pancakes, buttermilk biscuits, onion rings, meatloaf, fried chicken, spicy pulled pork, flat apple pie, chocolate sheet cake, blackberry cobbler, and etc. Those familiar with Drummond's blog--which she briefly mentions in the book--may have known Ree's kitchen style, but for me it was a discovery. I was especially impressed by the fact that for each recipe, Drummond actually provides pictures of each step to supplement the text. As a beginning cook, I found this very helpful.

Initially, I was attracted to this book because of its cover, but I found the contents are equally as good. Recommended for anybody who wants to expand their cooking knowledge or simply loves southern cuisine.
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209 of 240 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite cookbook! October 28, 2009
By Brey
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being a new wife who had NO idea how to cook, I started searching the internet endlessly looking for recipes that I could actually serve to my picky, meat and potatos eatin' husband. I came across Ree's blog about a year and a half ago, and have been a daily reader since. She has made cooking fun for me, and not just a chore like I used to think of it. Her charm makes it seem like you're cooking (or in my case, learning to cook) with a friend, rather than just reading a boring description of a recipe. I quickly saw the advantages of the step by step photos that Ree uses on her blog, and also in this cookbook. In most of my cooking expierences, I would always wonder "is this how it's supposed to look?!" or "am I doing this right?". The step by step pictures have eliminated that worry for me. It's wonderful to feel somewhat competent in the kitchen now, and that's all thanks to Ree. I know that if I make one of Ree's recipes, it's guaranteed to be a success.
I think the best part of this cookbook is that the recipes are geared towards the home cook. I often buy cookbooks and usually there are only a handful of recipes that I would even try to serve to my family. With this book, I could see myself serving every one. And of course, they are delicious - and that's really the most important part.
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354 of 432 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love Ree-just not the cookbook. November 9, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ok Ree has a cult following-I know this because I am a member of it. I think her blog is a blessing and a curse because every reviewer seems to be comparing this book to it. Although, it's extremely hard not too -it's really not a fair comparison. The one thing I will agree with is that, I too, was surprised about how many of the recipes were duplicates from the website. I pre-ordered the book with high hopes and down-right anticipatory joy. So I will try to review the cookbook just as that-a cookbook. If I were to pick up the book without any knowledge of Ree Drummond I would have to say that I would be even more disappointed than I am being an avid follower of her blog. It seems that we are all a little more forgiving because we feel a kinship with her and wanted this book to do so well.

I passed the book to family members that knew nothing of her and was asked by them if the book was a "coffee table book" because it seems that the recipes get lost in the mix. I understand that photography is a huge part of her life; initially that is what drew me to her site. I completely understand including some photos in the book. My issue is not necessarily with that, but with what seems to be the EXACT same photos spreading across two page spreads. For example, upon closer inspection you see the photos of her children are SLIGHTLY different, and the spread with the rainbows are different, but not different enough or interesting enough to devote so much of the book to. I love the fact she includes pictures of every step of the recipe, but find the photos to be a little small to even notice the details. Which begs the question that if she maybe would have not included so many two-page photo spreads would she have been able to include bigger recipe photos and/or more recipes?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 hours ago by Bat212
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book according to my wife
Gave this as a gift to my wife, who loves to cook and likes to watch Pioneer Woman on T.V. Excellent book according to my wife.
Published 1 day ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great recipes.
Published 2 days ago by Firehouse17
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK! You will love it.
I have wanted this cookbook for a while. I was just too cheap! So when I recieved an Amazon gift card for my birthday, I thought long and hard about how to wisely use it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Margaret Bernhard
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Ree's casual style
I love Ree's casual style, her humor, and her down-home approach to cooking. The cookbook captures the spirit of her blog/website, as well as that of her Food Network series. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Winfield S. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book was very entertaining, but personally did not care for the recipes. I am only cooking for two.
Published 7 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite new cookbook!
My first 'Pioneer Woman' cookbook, and won't be my last! I enjoy her recipes, they are all very good.
Published 7 days ago by jncporter
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed. Felt the idea of creating a book from ...
I was disappointed. Felt the idea of creating a book from a blog and acknowledging the 'pioneer' and transition from urban to country would have had 'more' guts to it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by P Rolley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorite cookbooks
One of our favorite cookbooks. Get the whole series. They are wonderful. Step by step instructions with pictures of how the food should look at each step, plus great tips and... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Fred L Perry Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastice cookbook, great reciped,great pictures
I love,love,love this book, now I own all 3 of her fantastic cookbooks.
Published 9 days ago by judithsmith
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"I'm a desperate housewife. I live in the country. I channel Lucille Ball, Sylvia Plath, and Ethel Merman. Welcome to my frontier!"

My name is Ree. I'm also known as The Pioneer Woman on my website,

Years ago, after living and working there for several years, I left the great city of Los Angeles . Fleeing a dead-end relationship with a surfer, I planned a much-needed pit stop in my Oklahoma hometown before beginning my new life in Chicago. While home, I met and unexpectedly fell in love with a Wrangler-wearing cowboy whose icy-blue eyes made me forget myself. Before I knew it, I'd canceled my Chicago plans, married the cowboy, and was bearing his children and chasing cows off my porch on his cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere.

Four children and thirteen years later, I still don't know what I'm doing here.

But I do know this: I'm exactly where I belong.

A former vegetarian and food-lover, it was a rude awakening to find out that cowboys don't eat seaweed. They don't eat salads unless they're piled high with ranch dressing, and they certainly wouldn't consider spicy Thai food the height of culinary bliss. They eat meat, lots of meat, with an occasional potato thrown in for balanced nutrition. I stood in my country kitchen and cried, mourning the beautiful things I used to eat. I stared at potatoes with disdain.

Then I picked myself up off the figurative floor, dusted off my apron, and figured if I couldn't beat 'em...I'd join 'em. I jumped right in, teaching myself to cook cowboy-friendly meals. Occasionally, I'd throw in some fresh basil to bring a little of my old life in. I'm still cooking today, and I love it more and more all the time.

Unless the family requests fried calf nuts, and then I start crying all over again.

One morning in 2006, my husband took all four of our small children to work cattle. In my pajamas, I wandered to the computer and started a blog, "Confessions of a Pioneer Woman." What started as a place to post the occasional photo or two quickly became a catch-all for rural stories, bizarre poetry, photography tips, and eventually, my step-by-step pictorial recipes. Now, nearly four years later, is still going strong. I love sharing my crazy, silly life with the folks who stop by my site...and I love interacting with them. They're the best people on the internet.

My cookbook, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks", is a natural extension of the cooking section of my website. Using only simple and widely-available ingredients, I share my favorite, classic recipes from my website---along with a good crop of new dishes. I hope you enjoy it. It's homespun, homemade, and very stream-of-consciousness. It's me.

Thanks for stopping by!


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I just bought the Kindle version for my new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9". The recipes are great and easy to read, but the pictures (which I love in the printed version) are teeny tiny. Maybe this is a setting I'm missing for the display? I was thinking this would be a perfect use of my new Fire, but... Read More
Dec 29, 2013 by dawnww |  See all 2 posts
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Hey, guys! It's Ree. Thanks for being interested in my crazy little cookbook.

Buffalogal, I couldn't resist answering your question. ;) MM someone else when we first met. He was also working away from the ranch a lot and was gone.

Val, the cin. roll recipe IS in the... Read More
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