Like millions of others out there, I love Ree Drummond a.k.a “The Pioneer Woman”. Her ability to share her writing and giftings with the world in such an authentic manner is why I love and admire her so much. She is humble, funny, and generous and it shows in her blog. I’ve always appreciated how she comes along side her readers giving them the encouragement they need to learn something as if she is your dearest friend and biggest cheerleader. She is for them, she is for me. Never does she speak down to her readers with a voice of “expert” but as one who passionately loves to share the good things in life with her audience.
-photo by Arnold of Inuyaki.com–
Last month I had the privilege of finally meeting her in San Francisco during Blogherfood. She is even more wonderful, gracious, and genuine than I could have imagined. So it was with much anticipation I looked forward to her cookbook being released tomorrow. And fortunately for me as an attendee of the conference I was able to receive a preview copy.
In her cookbook “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl“, readers will recognize Ree’s familiar voice of friend and coach. Each recipe in this cookbook is real country cooking in all its glory. None of the dishes are over complicated, just simple home cooking at its finest. My husband calls it “man food”. And for the record, he lives for man food! Honestly, her recipes are similar to the ones his grandma used to make for him growing up and he was very fond of Granny Gayle and her cooking. But now Granny Gayle is cooking with the angels in Heaven but her cooking lives on in our home through Ree’s cookbook.
One cannot help but imagine being transported to Ree’s Ranch when preparing and eating these dishes. Every dish has detailed step-by-step photos (tons of photos!) and instructions making it virtually impossible for home cooks to fail. The recipes are not hard to execute and many of the ingredients are items likely in your home already.
Earlier in the week I prepared Skillet Cornbread from her cookbook and it was wonderful! The recipe can be found here. Coincidentally, tomorrow is my birthday which is the official release date of Ree’s cookbook. As a pre-birthday celebration, yesterday my husband with the help of my daughters (who know how to operate my Kitchenaid) surprised me by baking Ree’s French Breakfast Puffs out of her cookbook. To some, this would not seem like a big deal, but for me it is totally a big deal! Just as an FYI, my husband does not cook or bake. You could imagine my shock when the kids brought a plate of muffins to my bed and he explained they baked these for me. They were a huge hit in our family!! If Rob can bake these, anyone can bake and cook out of this cookbook. Thank God Ree included lots of pictures to help him! On a funny note, Rob documented the whole process with my camera while I was sleeping. (Notice the kids birthday candle?!)
This cookbook is a gift of love.. from her family to yours. I would highly recommend this cookbook for anyone who loves real home cooking like chicken fried steak, buttermilk biscuits and red velvet cake. Her photos, story-telling, and recipes will make this cookbook a treasured piece in your kitchen. Get your Holiday shopping done early and order a few copies now! Perfect timing for Christmas presents!
For 1 lucky person, I am giving away a SIGNED COPY of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl” All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite home-style dish or why you love Ree too. US Addresses only please. Contest will close Saturday, 10/31 at 9pm PST.
Contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.