I adore Ree Drummond from the Pioneer Woman. I wasn’t a fan until I met her at Blogher Ã‚Â - a conference for bloggers where she was speaking. Not because I didn’t like her, I just wasn’t super aware of her talents and genuine cool nature. But that all changed.
We were in a small panel so I was able to meet her and enjoy a discussion where she gave her perspective on all things blogging and business. She was such a genuine person and witty, too! It was then that I became an official Ree Drummond follower, cookbook buyer and later Food Network show watcher.
I’m never disappointed by the tips and tricks I get from her through these mediums and while I am not savvy in the kitchen – her recipes work out for me.
We tried a recipe in her first cookbook - The Pioneer Woman – Recipes from an Accidental Country GirlÃ‚Â - for the Roasted Beef Tenderloin and it was simply delicious. We cooked it up for a special Fourth of July dinner with friends – because a beef tenderloin isn’t a cheap dish that you can have on just any ol’ occasion. But, it was a big crowd pleaser and it’s something we’ve made a couple of other times for holidays and a specialÃ‚Â occasionÃ‚Â since then.
So when Ree’s most recent cookbook came out, Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,Ã‚Â I knew I had to take a peek and see what she offered in the book. I was so happy to see some of the fantastic recipes she’s featured on her new show like:
- French Toast with Berry Butter – when I saw this on the show, I was dying to make it; now I can!
- Party foods like Asian Hot Wings – Yes, please!
- Carnita Pizza (very filling and perfect for the meat loving husband)
- Dr. Pepper Pork is next on our list; I have the pork butt defrosting in our fridge as I type this.
What I Love About The Book:
- It comes with step-by-step photos and directions to help the novice cooks (like me!) make it through each dish with ease. As does her first cookbook.
- She includes gorgeous photos of her farm, family and friends – the book is a photo story, just like her blog, which her dedicated readers will love and I imagine her family will treasure, because each of her cookbooks has been like this and it will capture each stage of their lives as she publishes a new set of recipes. It’s a great way to put out a book, if you ask me!
- The recipes are so varied that you can find something for everyone in your family. There are meat and potato dishes, pizzas and salads and you have something to cure your sweet tooth as well.
- Each dish is flavorful; she doesn’t use boring ingredients. In fact, some of the ingredients (Dr. Pepper for pork?!) are pretty unexpected!
This cook book is fantastic, just like her first one. Definitely worth a place on your shelf. Just make sure you crack it open and use it – otherwise, you’re genuinely missing out on some great food!