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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997167
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (679 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Popular blogger and cookbook author Drummond shares the story of her courtship and marriage to her husband, whom she refers to as Marlboro Man. Though Drummond grew up in Oklahoma, she never imagined she�d end up there for good. After four years of college in Los Angeles, Drummond was only making a pit stop home before moving to Chicago. A chance encounter with a devastatingly masculine cowboy in a local bar changes everything. Though several months elapse before Marlboro Man calls her, the spark between them ignites as soon as they start dating. A rancher with deep roots in the land he works, Marlboro Man isn�t going anywhere, which means Drummond has to decide whether, to be with him, she�s willing to give up her dream of moving to Chicago. By the time Marlboro Man proposes, the decision is made, and Drummond prepares to marry the love of her life and discover what being a rancher�s wife will entail. Charming and bright, Drummond�s story will be an inspiration to those who despair of finding old-fashioned, lasting love. --Kristine Huntley

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#2 New York Times Bestseller (New York Times)

#2 Wall Street Journal Bestseller (Wall Street Journal)

“Fans of Drummond’s blog and cookbook will eat up this breathless blow-by-blow chronicle of falling in love with Marlboro Man, a.k.a. her husband, and adapting to life on his ranch. . . . Generous dollops of self-deprecating humor contribute a welcome tang.” (People)

“Charming and bright, Drummond’s story will be an inspiration to those who despair of finding old-fashioned, lasting love.” (Booklist)

“The Pioneer Woman is perfect reading for Valentine’s Day, whether you’re celebrating a lasting love or still looking for The One. Even the most cynical of readers will be charmed by Drummond’s hilarious story of being won over by a cowboy.” (BookPage)

“An affecting new memoir . . . charming and romantic. Riotously funny . . . Drummond is . . . sure to have readers in tears and in stitches. In a word: delightful.” (Publishers Weekly)

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, ThePioneerWoman.com.

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, ThePioneerWoman.com 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!

Customer Reviews

I thought her book was very enjoyably written.
VikingMom
This very enjoyable book is a quick read because you can't put it down.
Jo Ann Graham
Ree is a great writer - this love story is both sweet and funny!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kammy T on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't read many romantic books, but I really enjoyed reading this fun story of how Ree Drummond and her husband met. Falling in love drastically altered her future life. She has a pleasant writing style, and while her story could have been too cheesy, it's not. Her re-telling made me feel sentimental and brought back emotions that you feel when everything is so new and so uncertain.

Both Ree and "Marlboro Man" as she refers to her cowboy are likeable personalities. I liked the embarrassing stories that she shares of their early relationship, and I understood many of the stresses and heartache in their first year of marriage. I think her writing style is comfortable and relateable, and a nice way to spend a couple of evenings. You can read it fast, and it won't change your life, but you'll enjoy it.
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191 of 250 people found the following review helpful By Kimmil76 on February 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love PW and follow her blog daily. I was so excited to get this book and read it since I had read the story on her site about how she and her husband met and fell in love. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in this book. Only the last 85 pages is new material. The majority of the material can be read for free online. Also, the story up through the wedding is very detailed and flows beautifully. The story that takes place after the wedding doesn't have a lot of detail and doesn't really flow that well, but what can be expected when you are using 85 pages to cover a year when you have previously used 230 pages to describe the first year? The price is very high, even at the sale price, for the amount of new material. I suggest checking this book out from your library rather than purchasing it, or just reading the blog for free.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kohl on February 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ok, I have a thing for cowboys, in fact, my husband of 35 years wears a Stetson, and even if we don't run cattle, we occasionally have to send a stray back to the neighbors. So, I was hooked at first by the thought of another suburban girl like myself falling for that tall dark stranger with the Wranglers. And for the most part I really enjoyed hearing about the courtship of these two unlikely souls. But my only complaint and why I didn't rate this book with an extra star, is that I felt it became a little too redundant, could have been a lot shorter without losing any of the story. In fact, it might have been better if it was edited a bit more.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Honorary Brit on May 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read The Pioneer Woman's blog for several years ago, and had read the entire "Black Heels" series that she posted on her website. There is very little new material, and at times it was tough slogging through the book, since I already knew the plot. I'm glad I borrowed it from the library rather than purchasing.

I felt that Ree spent way too much time knocking me over the head with the fact that she had a privileged upbringing. I started to lose interest in her blog for the same reasons. I get that she lived on a golf course. I get that she spent a lot of time at the country club. Although Ree claims to have given it all up to be a "pioneer woman", it's clear that she is still very, very attached to labels and affluence. She did not change as much as she thought. Throughout the book she drops brand names every chance she gets. I did not need the constant reminders that she owned Ann Klein straight-leg jeans. I didn't need to know that the leggings she wore to go jogging on the golf course came from Gap. I wondered at times if companies paid for product placement in her book...maybe she's just setting it up for when the movie is made. Anyone who reads her website knows that she still buys expensive products despite her "rough" life on the ranch, so the name-dropping in the book seems particularly gratuitous.

The new material that was not previously found on her blog can be summed up as follows: barfing. At least it felt like that was the only thing she talked about. So much so, that I actually dreamt about being sick to my stomach a few nights after finishing the book and woke up the next day feeling queasy. I guess she was trying to emphasize how disastrous the honeymoon was, but it didn't really work.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. Kerr on February 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love Ree's writing style and have been eagerly awaiting the book, in the hopes of being able to read well beyond what is posted on the blog. If you have read along on the blog and like her style, this is what you will find in the book. I find her writing style much like somebody talking amongst friends and her way of describing things/situations/feelings makes me laugh out loud at times. Much the same as on her blog really :)

Yes, Malboro Man is described pretty much perfect in every way, but I don't mind that at all. It's Ree's story, it is her husband - she is telling us what she sees, so whether that's realistic or not to others, it doesn't matter. If they can still see each other in this way after all these years, more power to them! I think it's great!

I was however a little disappointed too. I may have misunderstood what this book would entail, but I thought that a large part of the book would be "new" stuff, when in fact 68% (according to Kindle) is everything that was already posted on Ree's blog, then there are 8% of re-posted recipes etc. So in fact, all that is really new is the honeymoon and first year of marriage which only takes up the remaining 24% of the book.

The ending seemed a little abrupt to me too and the book left me wanting more, but not entirely in the good, "looking forward to the sequel" kind of way.

All in all I loved it, I had just hoped for a bit more for those of us that already followed her blog for some time!
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