Title: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier
Author: Ree Drummond
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks
Source: Gift from Author – Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I’m a huge fan of Ree Drummond (also known as The Pioneer Woman), from her memoir to her cookbooks to her blog to her Twitter feed, so when I heard she was coming out with a new cookbook, I was ecstatic. Ree was kind enough to send me a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier as a gift, and though I was under no obligation to review it, I wanted to because I adore it so much. (Also, look at the awesome inscription I was greeted with upon opening it!)
The cookbook is divided into different sections, including Breakfast, Lunch, Pasta and Pizza, Sides, and Supper, and it has an index in case you’re searching for a particular recipe. While she does include stories and photos from the ranch as she did in her previous cookbook, it’s very clear that this one has one primary focus: food. The book contains over 100 recipes in all sorts of genres, so you’re sure to find something you love here. While the main theme isn’t really healthy food, Ree does offer salads and other light fare for your dining pleasure. The point of the cookbook is to make wholesome, delicious food at home for yourself and your family.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier has step-by-step photographs for each recipe, so you know what everything is supposed to look like. Not only are the pictures beautiful, but this makes it an ideal resource for beginner cooks. It would make a perfect gift for someone who doesn’t know their way around a kitchen. If you’re a more experienced cook, though, don’t think that means these recipes are too simple for you. While they’re easy enough for a weeknight dinner, they’re creative and full of flavor.
The cookbook contains some recipes from Ree’s website (tweaked and perfected), some from her TV show, and some completely original recipes to try. I’m a huge fan of Ree’s Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce, so I was thrilled to see it in her book. My husband is not generally a fan of pesto, but I thought that making it into a cream sauce might entice him, so I tried it. The warm, mouthwatering combination of heavy cream and fresh basil was divine and we were both huge fans of this dish. I’m looking forward to trying such recipes as the White Chicken Enchiladas, Cowgirl Quiche (I’ll admit I’ve never made a quiche, but I can’t think of a better teacher than Ree to guide me when I try it for the first time), and a Spicy Carnitas Pizza. Usually when I get a cookbook, a few recipes here and there will appeal to me, but with The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, I want to make almost all of them.
I can’t say enough great things about The Pioneer Woman in general, or this cookbook specifically. I’ll definitely be buying copies for friends, as this is going to be my go-to gift for this year. If you haven’t tried The Pioneer Woman, check out her website and try some of her recipes for herself. If you like what you find (which I can’t imagine you wouldn’t), don’t hesitate to buy this cookbook.
Other books by Ree Drummond: