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Another Cookbook Treat

Last Saturday I told you I’d received two great cookbooks within one week. The first one was The Book Club Cookbook. (Click title for my review.) I thoroughly enjoyed that book; am still enjoying it.
The second book was also enjoyable. It was such a treat that I stopped doing anything else for two days. I read and reread this book. It was that much fun. It’s Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond.

It’s called a cookbook, but it’s more than that. To me it’s a combination of a memoir, a scrapbook, a photo album, a celebration of food, and, of course, a great collection of recipes. There are professional quality photos of her ranch and animals, her children, and the food she loves to prepare. Ree Drummond’s blog is famous for her step-by-step photos of her recipes. Many of those are in this book.
Pioneer Woman Cooks is organized by the following chapters:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Soups
  • Starters, Party Food, and Drinks
  • Pasta and Pizza
  • Supper
  • Sides
  • Sweets
  • Canning

There are so many good recipes that I’m at a loss as to which ones to highlight. Since I’ve only tried one recipe so far, I think I’ll tell about that one: Whiskey-Mustard Meatballs. They are so yummy and unique. The meatballs are a combination of ground beef and pork, plus panko bread crumbs, eggs and spicy mustard.

After cooking the meatballs they are removed to a plate. Then a sauce is made using whiskey, beef broth, more spicy mustard, and heavy cream. When that has thickened the meatballs are put back into the sauce. I served them over egg noodles. The alternate suggestion in the book is to serve them between a split dinner roll as sliders. Next time I’ll try that.
There’s no doubt about it – this is a great cookbook. But in my mind, it also belongs outside the kitchen.  It makes a terrific coffee table book. Each page is joy to look at. I took a picture of a couple of pages so you can see what I’m talking about. This one is a great recipe for Corn Chowder on one side and the sweetest picture of her little boys at their pond.
I love this page with the pictures of a dirty kitchen. Obviously, Ree Drummond’s a real cook.
Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, William Morrow Cookbooks, March 2012, 304 pages.

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21 comments to Another Cookbook Treat

  • Love that photo of her messy kitchen. Makes me smile. I haven’t seen this one yet, but I know Drummond is very popular. The photography alone would make me want to own this.

  • Kay

    I love Ree Drummond’s books and blog and just hearing about her life. I have her other cookbook and though I’ve only actually made a few of the recipes, I love to look at it. There is a meatball recipe in the other one that I make frequently and the chocolate sheet cake, to die for. I need to look for this one as well.

  • That messy kitchen is exactly why I dread cooking!

  • Ree is a force of nature, isn’t she? Can’t imagine how she does everything she does. Her cookbooks are indeed treasures and very enjoyable even if you don’t make any of the recipes.

    Have you seen her children’s book, Charlie the Ranch Dog? She includes her lasagna recipe in it.

  • That is my favorite cookbook that I don’t own. I’ve seen her featured in magazines and always want the cookbook, but never remember to find it. Thanks!

  • Memoir-scrapbook-cookbook. Sounds like so much fun!

  • I like the format and photos in this cookbook…. the recipe sounds very unique, too!

  • I love the photos, this looks like a great book to just go through and enjoy the looks of it. Are there a lot of vegetarian recipes in it?

  • Oooh…I have been checking out her blog and the food looks so delicious. I really should either check this out from the library or buy my own copy.

  • I bought this cookbook months ago and my daughter loves it. Unfortunately, I keep striking out with the recipes. I’m doing something wrong but it hasn’t stopped me from trying.

  • Fay

    The photography section of Ree’s blog has been an invaluable resource for a novice with a new camera. She tackles the topics concisely and explains procedures clearly. Love her photos.

  • Jama: I haven’t seen her children’s book yet. I’m on a long list at the library for it. I’ll bet it’s good though. I’ve enjoyed reading the homeschooling portion of the Pioneer Woman’s blog. She has a very loving way with children. Dogs too.

    Rikki: I wasn’t really searching for vegetarian recipes as I poured through this book. Ree Drummond lives on a cattle ranch so meat is how they make their living.

  • I have heard a lot of good things about this cookbook and the blog but I haven’t actually spent any time looking at either!

  • Lucky you, this is one cookbook I would like to pick up. I’ve tried quite a few of her recipes and liked them and I love following her blog.

  • I like to red her blog and I’m sure I ‘d like to read her book !

  • Costco had this cookbook last time I visited it with a friend. I was so tempted but exhibited self-control:)

  • I’ve heard so many good things about this cookbook. Actually, I kind feel like it’s following me around sometimes. >.>

  • The pic of the messy kitchen is priceless. Now I don’t have to feel so embarrassed about mine ;)

  • Ree is my favorite cook ever! She’s not only real and genuine but I think she understands what women go through when they’re trying to cook dinner for their family! She’s funny and her photos are awesome. That’s what lured me to her blog all those years ago was her photography skills and her stories! I think I might have to do those meatballs this week!

  • This one sounds like a winner. I have the first one and enjoyed it. I like her humor. Love that shot of her boys on the dock!

  • with help of books we can prepare good disk.

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