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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Rcipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond: Book Review

My buddy and co-worker Natasha introduced me to an incredible blog a couple months back called The Pioneer Woman.  On the blog the blogger has step by step instructions on cooking and the pictures are mouthwatering! Well from the site I found out she had a cookbook, so I convinced our collections development Librarian to purchase a copy for our students.  Well, it finally came in 2 weeks ago and I was the first to check it out (I know, I abused my power) and let me tell you I am going to buy a copy for all my friends and family.  Here is a quick review of it since I have to return it so Natasha can check it out next and I know once I show it to Adam (poor bastard has to work in a library full of woman), he will want to check it out too.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
by Ree Drummond
ISBN: 978-0-06-165819-8
William Morrow (Imprint of Harper Collins)

The Good Stuff
  • Stunning Photography
  • Mouthwatering recipes (Jeff has already made the Pico de Gallo)
  • Easy instructions with step by step pictures
  • Easy to find ingredients
  • First time I ever read a cook book cover to cover
  • She gives away great stuff on her website!
  • Lovely self deprecating stories about her life on the ranch
  • Picture of Charlie her basset hound (You also have to read her stories about him on her blog)
The Not so Good Stuff
  • You will gain weight -- even by just looking at the photo's
  • I'm going to be spending a lot of money at Chapters soon buying everyone a copy
What I Learned
  • Homeschooling is not as bad as I thought
  • A lot about Ree and her family
  • How to make Buttermilk
  • The importance of all of the ingredients in Pico De Gallo -- not just the tomato's
  • That I really want to move to Oklahoma and live on a ranch
Favorite Recipes
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Prune Cake with Buttermilk Icing
  • Maple Pecan Scones
  • Spicy Pulled Pork (making it this weekend)
  • Sangria
Who Should Buy
  • Everybody (except for the friends and family I am going to buy it for)
5 Dewey's (Go now and buy the book -- trust me I'm a Librarian)


  1. I absolutely love cookbooks, and this one looks fabulous!

  2. Trust me Carol it is wonderful! And check out her blog too, lots of fun, food and contests