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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 (796 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,069 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

What a sweet love story.
Deb
And if you read her blog and knew the story then why would you buy the book.
Linda
I laughed so hard and just couldn't put the book down...read it in a day!
Elizabeth B. Hutson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 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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194 of 256 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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30 of 38 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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21 of 26 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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44 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Allison on September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm not one of those people who thinks the sun shines out of Ree Drummond's behind. I know that "The Pioneer Woman" is a persona she has created for the internet, that she is hardly "keepin' it real" as she wants her readers to believe, and that she is running her site for the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars that it makes her every year. And that's fine. If I could slap a few pictures and recipes on the internet every day and get paid thousands of dollars to do it, I would too. She's living the American dream, and there's no judgement here for that.

That being said, I still like the blog. I like the PW persona. And like many others, I was fascinated by the love story she told online about her and Marlboro Man's romance (although I've often wondered what, exactly, their relationship is built on besides smoldering looks and red meat). It's like "Twilight": You know the relationship is fluff built on a foundation of lust, but it's still a fun read. However, my biggest problem with this book is the way it was marketed. For months, Ree drummed up publicity about this memoir, promising us tons of new content and saying that if we've read the blog posts about their courtship, we would love the book with all of its additions and details. Where are these "additions"? Where is this "new content"? Ree conned her readers into paying $26 for something they had already read for free on her site. The only "new" material in this book were the final few chapters about her pregnancy and postpartum depression, and even parts of that were shared on the blog before. Had I known that this was just a marketing scheme to make more money off of material she had already been paid for, I would have never bought this book.
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