Mar 10, 2010

~CLOSED~ The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Review & Giveaway!

Paula Deen meets Erma Bombeck in The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond’s spirited, homespun cookbook. Drummond colorfully traces her transition from city life to ranch wife through recipes, photos, and pithy commentary based on her popular, award-winning blog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, and whips up delicious, satisfying meals for cowboys and cowgirls alike made from simple, widely available ingredients. The Pioneer Woman Cooks—and with these “Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl,” she pleases the palate and tickles the funny bone at the same time.

Book Description

              My name is Ree.

              Some folks know me as The Pioneer Woman.

After years of living in Los Angeles, I made a pit stop in my hometown in Oklahoma on the way to a new, exciting life in Chicago. It was during my stay at home that I met Marlboro Man, a mysterious cowboy with steely blue eyes and a muscular, work-honed body. A strict vegetarian, I fell hard and fast, and before I knew it we were married and living on his ranch in the middle of nowhere, taking care of animals, and managing a brood of four young children. I had no idea how I'd wound up there, but I knew it was exactly where I belonged.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined my experience in the country. I share many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes I've learned to make during my years as an accidental ranch wife—including Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rolls—not to mention several "cowgirl-friendly" dishes, such as Sherried Tomato Soup, Olive Cheese Bread, and Crème Brûlée. I show my recipes in full color, step-by-step detail, so it's as easy as pie to follow along.

You'll also find colorful images of rural life: cows, horses, country kids, and plenty of chaps-wearing cowboys.

I hope you get a kick out of this book of mine. I hope it makes you smile. I hope the recipes bring you recognition, accolades, and marriage proposals. And I hope it encourages even the most harried urban cook to slow down, relish the joys of family, nature, and great food, and enjoy life.

Critical Praise for The Pioneer Woman Cooks

#1 New York Times Bestseller — New York Times

an Amazon Customer Favorite Cookbook —

“[Ree Drummond is] funny, enthusiastic and self-deprecating, making the book appeal to pavement-pounders and pioneer types alike [with] recipes like steak with whiskey cream sauce, leek and potato pizza and pico de gallo. As a portrait of a real American family kitchen, it works.”
— New York Times

“Drummond invites fans into her world with irresistible recipes and photos…. Here’s a mom of four who can turn out a Perfect Pot Roast and make feasts for girlfriends that start with sangria and finish with crème brûlée. It’s sweet and seductive: You’ll want to plunge right in.”
— People

“Need to know how to make the ‘Marlboro Man Sandwich’ for your hubby? Get the skinny at The Pioneer Woman Cooks! site.”
— Chicago Tribune


My Review
I was so excited to have the chance to review this cookbook!   I've been reading Ree Drummond's blog, The Pioneer Woman for quite awhile now, and I've found it to be interesting, entertaining, humorous and useful, which perfectly describes her cookbook as well.   The narrative of Ree Drummond's life, her family, her love story with the "Marlboro Man", life on the ranch, and the beautiful photos (taken by Ree), make this a book worth reading, even if there were no recipes.  But, Oh! the recipes - Hot Artichoke Dip, PW Breakfast Burritos, French Breakfast Puffs, Sherried Tomato Soup, Potato-Leek Pizza, Perfect Pot Roast, Chicken-Fried Steak, Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler, Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce,...and much more!   All with step-by-step photos and instructions that are so easy to follow, even the most novice cook could become a whiz in the kitchen. 

Buy It
The Pioneer Woman Cooks is available at, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers and retailers.

Win It
Thanks to Shawn and HarperCollins, I have 3 copies of The Pioneer Woman Cooks to giveaway!

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Disclaimer/Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. This is my honest opinion, and was not influenced by the sponsor in any way.