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5.0 out of 5 stars step-by-step picture recipes, October 28, 2009
This review is from: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: Jan 21, 2011, 10:59:44 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011, 1:30:36 AM PST
RJJ says:
I think you meant her online blog but even if you didn't I hate to tell you but simple, home made cooking will often have many similar ingredients, that are a given especially for classic foods. I would have loved bigger pics but it is practical as her book would be 1000s of pages if the pics weren't small but you can check out her blog for the big pics. I recently discovered the recipes online and like the idea of having them all in one place. She is probably the only one I had a 90+% success rate of food recreation so had to give kudos.
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