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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061997174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997174
  • ASIN: 006199717X
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (743 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,065 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

#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
I laughed so hard and just couldn't put the book down...read it in a day!
Elizabeth B. Hutson
Her writing style is very readable and funny.
Susan W.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 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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192 of 253 people found the following review helpful By Kimmil76 on February 3, 2011
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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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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By B. Kerr on February 2, 2011
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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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19 of 24 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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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful By samantha grab on February 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really like Ree's blog, but this book is just awful. It's poorly written and pedantic. Really, it reads like a blog, which in a book format feels shallow. There is no depth, just very cheesy descriptions about meeting her husband. Plus, most of the essays in the book are on her blog anyway, so I definitely feel like I wasted my money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debbie G on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have looked at Ree's show on Food Network, thought it was cute, kind of homespun. Thought I would like this book, but after about 20x's of "marlboro man" I had to quit reading. It was way too much. I do like her cookbook though.
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79 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Lifetime Reader on February 21, 2011
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The Pioneer Woman is badly written story of a shockingly naïve 21st century young woman who does not take the trouble or have the brains to think beyond the superficiality of her own concerns with her Donald Pliner shoes, her lip gloss, and her boyfriend/husband's starched shirts. She gives away her image-conscious limited perceptions by calling the man she ostensibly loves "Marlborough Man", as if he is an anachronistic advertisement for a generic cowboy. Over and over again, he "chuckles", her mother "chirps", and she bemoans the humiliation of her own bodily functions. She presents her pregnant breakthrough of caring less about the horrors of early morning rising and whether she is fashionably label attired, and more about helping her hard-working husband winter feed his cattle as if she had achieved a serious milestone in personal development. This is a silly story; what college-educated woman getting married and bearing a child in the 2000's would not have spent a night or two on the ranch before marrying the rancher, or read a few intelligent books about childbirth and babies to prepare her for the task ahead? The paucity of depth in Ree's relationships to her cashmere draped mother, her sad eyed father, her developmentally challenged brother, and worst of all to her Wrangler clad husband, and her sweet-smelling new born daughter leave the reader wondering what has happened to the human capacity for intimacy and empathy in the world today. The same scenes are repeated again and again, of Ree and her cowboy either sitting on the ranch house porch or snuggled on the old leather couch watching re-runs of old movies, as if that is the extent of her ability to become involved with country life and her man, without a word concerning any growth in her knowledge of the details of the land, the seasons, or the nameless MM. This story utterly fails to offer anything other than the most banal tale of a two-dimensional world filled with stereotypes instead of human beings.
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