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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl Reviews

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
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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

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  1. Stephanie M. Campbell "Mom2many" says:
    319 of 329 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I was expecting less….., December 8, 2009
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    This review is from: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl (Hardcover)

    After reading SO SO many 5 star reviews and then the few sprinkled here and there that were less than stellar, I was expecting this cookbook not to wow me. I thought the 5 star reviews were from fans that would love anything PW put out, no matter what it was, and that the people who were not impressed were probably the ones who had their feet on the ground about the book. But uh…..I LOVE the book. It’s beautiful, in full color (I must admit I hate cookbooks without pictures), and EVERY recipe has pictures–lots of them. I am a lover of real food: butter, meat, fruit, veggies, all the food God made in the state in which He made them. This cookbook allows me to use almost every recipe without alterations.

    I know one complaint from some people was that most of these recipes are already on her blog. Maybe this is true, but as the mother of 6 small children, I simply don’t have time to surf pages of recipes. I need them in book form, in my face, on my counter. A few of these recipes look familiar, but I’ve not been able to go through all the recipes on her site. And you know, even if I had been able to, it’s nice to not have to get online to find a recipe. So if all the recipes in the book are on her blog, I am not irritated with Ree, I am *thankful* to her for providing such a wonderful resource for *free* all this time, and now I’m thankful I get to have all those wonderful recipes right in my hand.

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  2. Alla S. says:
    198 of 219 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    step-by-step picture recipes, October 28, 2009
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    Alla S.
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    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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  3. Brey says:
    177 of 197 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My new favorite cookbook!, October 28, 2009
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    Being a new wife who had NO idea how to cook, I started searching the internet endlessly looking for recipes that I could actually serve to my picky, meat and potatos eatin’ husband. I came across Ree’s blog about a year and a half ago, and have been a daily reader since. She has made cooking fun for me, and not just a chore like I used to think of it. Her charm makes it seem like you’re cooking (or in my case, learning to cook) with a friend, rather than just reading a boring description of a recipe. I quickly saw the advantages of the step by step photos that Ree uses on her blog, and also in this cookbook. In most of my cooking expierences, I would always wonder “is this how it’s supposed to look?!” or “am I doing this right?”. The step by step pictures have eliminated that worry for me. It’s wonderful to feel somewhat competent in the kitchen now, and that’s all thanks to Ree. I know that if I make one of Ree’s recipes, it’s guaranteed to be a success.
    I think the best part of this cookbook is that the recipes are geared towards the home cook. I often buy cookbooks and usually there are only a handful of recipes that I would even try to serve to my family. With this book, I could see myself serving every one. And of course, they are delicious – and that’s really the most important part.

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