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:
- Starters, Party Food, and Drinks
- Pasta and Pizza
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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