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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997181
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,073 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 New York Times Bestseller (New York Times)

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller (Wall Street Journal)

#8 USA Today Bestseller (USA Today)

“Mouthwatering….Step–by–step instructions are illustrated with photographs at each stage. Ranch–style chicken, grilled cheese sandwiches and fancy macaroni and cheese will appeal to the reader’s desire to cook hearty foods…[and] Drummond makes exotic–sounding dishes such as Italian Meatball Soup and Honey–Plum–Soy Chicken as simple as frying an egg.” (Kirkus Reviews)

From the Back Cover

I'm Pioneer Woman.

And I love to cook.

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a cowboy. A strapping, rugged, chaps-wearing cowboy. Then I married him, moved to his ranch, had his babies . . . and wound up loving it. Except the manure. Living in the country for more than fifteen years has taught me a handful of eternal truths: every new day is a blessing, every drop of rain is a gift . . . and nothing tastes more delicious than food you cook yourself.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier is a mouthwatering collection of the simple-but-scrumptious recipes that rotate through my kitchen on a regular basis, including Perfect Pancakes, Cowgirl Quiche, Sloppy Joes, Italian Meatball Soup, White Chicken Enchiladas, and a spicy Carnitas Pizza that'll win you over for life. There are also some elegant offerings for more special occasions at your house: Osso Buco, Honey-Plum-Soy Chicken, and Rib-Eye Steak with an irresistible Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce. And the decadent assortment of desserts, including Blackberry Chip Ice Cream, Apple Dumplings, and Coffee Cream Cake, will make your heart go pitter-pat in the most wonderful way.

In addition to detailed step-by-step photographs, all the recipes in this book have one other important quality in common: They're guaranteed to make your kids, sweetheart, dinner guests, in-laws, friends, cousins, or resident cowboys smile, sigh, and beg for seconds. (And hug you and kiss you and be devoted to you for life.)

I hope you enjoy, devour, and love this book.

I sure did love making it for you.

More About the Author

"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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Customer Reviews

I love Ree Drummond aka Pioneer Woman.
Cheryl Stout
There are more recipes in this book that I will be trying than in her first book.
I love her easy to follow recipes with the pictures.
Cindy Weisenfeld

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

384 of 414 people found the following review helpful By Scott HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ree Drummond, who uses the nom de plume "Pioneer Woman" for her eponymous show on the Food Network, is following on the success of her 2009 debut The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl with a new cookbook designed to bring the taste and culture of her family-style cooking to the rest of the world.

I've never seen an episode of Pioneer Woman, and had never heard of Ree Drummond up until a month ago. My familiarity with her grew quickly only a few pages into it. "Food from my Frontier" is filled with pictures and stories of her family and children, and if you don't know the names of everyone by the time you've reached the soup section, then it's likely several pages have gotten stuck together. At first glance, I started to groan. I know all about the emotional aspect of cooking, and I'm used to chefs playing up the "family angle" in their books, but for the most part, I gloss right over it. I would gladly give up pictures of Gordon Ramsay's children picking strawberries or Paula Deen's niece cutting herbs for a crusty, bubbling mac and cheese or even a nice dark roux. I can fully appreciate the market for "coffee table cookbooks," but mine will spend most of their lives on the counter, with hand-cracked spines to ensure they lay flat and pages covered in grease and olive oil. At first appearance, "Food from my Frontier" follows the same formula, but it quickly becomes clear that Drummond has hit a magical balance between form and function and created a cookbook that retains the down-homey family aspect that will make this book appeal to those that like to "read" cookbooks and those that use them to cook.
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183 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on March 23, 2012
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I like cookbooks. I don't care if an author has a blog and every recipe can already be found online for free. If I like the author enough I will spend the money so I can have the book, with all the recipes in one place, to enjoy at my convenience. I don't think it's fair to judge a book solely on whether the recipes can be had elsewhere for free. That being said, I just don't like this book as much as the first one. The first one grabbed me because it was fun and flirty, written in a tone that drew me in, with lighthearted photos and simple, delicious recipes. I didn't mind the extensive detail or the photos of the process that went into making each and every dish. This time, though, and I can't quite put my finger on it, I'm bored. The recipes aren't grabbing me; her down-home charm is wearing a bit thin. The recipes are more "exotic" (for her) this time around and a big departure from what she claims her family will eat. Her tone also seems more forced, as if she's trying desperately to hang on to who she was the first time around. And I personally cannot handle one more photo of a hand with a spoonful of paprika in its palm. There's detail and there's too much detail and these types of photos seem more filler than necessary. I have no real desire to cook from this book. This is not to say it's a bad book, rather, I just wish it drew me in as much as the first.
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51 of 65 people found the following review helpful By PC2007 on April 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have loved Ree and read her blog for years now, and though I hate to say it, I was not thrilled with this cookbook. I feel that now that she has begun her tv show and spreading her "brand," her unique perspective and personality are becoming lost somehow. You know, the things that made her original readers love her are falling to the wayside to make her more appealing to the general masses. I turn to the Pioneer Woman for fool proof classic comfort food, but when you look through this cookbook, that's not what you find. These aren't southern classics, cowboy food, or comfort food. Recipes do sound lovely still, but they aren't the kind of recipes that I came to look for from the Pioneer Woman. I don't mean to say it's a bad cookbook -- it's just a generic cookbook that lacks the original charm of Mrs. Drummond.
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61 of 80 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2012
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Ree Drummond begins her new cookbook with this phrase. ' Oh, Give Me Food, Lots Of Food' taken from the song 'Don't Fence Me In'. 'Give Me Land Lots of Land, Under Starry Skies Above, Don't Fence Me In" music by Cole Porter and lyrics by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter. That song certainly fits the bill in Ree's life. Living in Oklahoma on a ranch, she has lots of land, lots of food, and few fences!

Ree Drummond is a force to be reckoned with. Her food is stylish but has a lot of butter, oil and red meat. So, this cookbook is not for everyone. It is true she has a large family who work hard and need good nutritious meals. I would love to see her include more fresh vegetables, whole grains and fruits, and I would be a happier woman. That said, she brings such a bright spirit to the world of cooking. Her personality seems to bloom while she is cooking, and I love the down home atmosphere. It brings us to a place we wish we could visit every weekend. The Food Network has Ree has one of their new cooks, and she brings such a fresh voice into our lives.

This cookbook is lovely to look at, and the photography is gorgeous. It is probably true that photographs are almost as necessary as the recipes in a cookbook. Ree is one of the few cooks who provide photographic instructions of the recipe step by step, that is one of the best additions to any cookbook. And, Ree took all but a few of the pictures in this cookbook. You can actually see what each step should look like. And, then she provides photographs of her home on the ranch, scenes from the ranch, her family, her kitchen, the animals, her neighbors, and the countryside.

The cookbook has an introduction and is then separated into nine chapters.
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