I don t cook, not really I can make an okay omelet, an edible lasagna, pretty yummy mashed potatoes and gravy and that s about it And it isn t that I m SO INEPT, I just don t really have the desire to cook I don t like it It s not fun for me But here s the thing I LOVE to eat and I LOVE to watch food being prepared Yes, I m a food porn addict I watch the Food Network, I drool over online recipes imagining what things would taste like But would I ever bother to gather all the ingredients together and assemble said dish in my own kitchen No way man But I m trying to mend my cookingless ways Every now and then I ll pick up a larger than life gorgeously photographed cookbook with all the best intentions in the world of taking it home and actually putting it to use this time in the kitchen rather than just feeding my porn addiction as I drool over all the pretty pictures Oh what dew eyed, misplaced delusion and optimism one gal can suffer from Countless cookbooks have made it onto my lap, but none have made it into my kitchen at least not with me there.
I have a sneaky, tingly feeling that this is all about to change thanks to Ree Drummond and her pioneer cooking kitchen ways Drummond was a city girl living in Los Angeles and on a trip home to Oklahoma was swept off her feet by a living, breathing, working cowboy he had the boots and hands to prove it Drummond married Marlboro Man and he absconded with her to his cattle ranch which is also a sanctuary for wild Mustangs Miles away from sushi and double lattes, Drummond learns to cook for burly ranch hands burning 7000 calories before 11 o clock in the morning not to mention a growing brood of ravenous children These are recipes I can get behind simple, easy, down home stick to your ribs and your arteries sumptuous awesomeness Food all about the flavor unpretentious fare that doesn t require trips to a specialty grocery store or a certificate from the Culinary Institute of America Drummond s recipes are not only simple country fare, but she presents each dish step by step accompanied by splendid photography so that even an underachiever like me can get motivated and succeed in the kitchen If you can t get your hands on this book, check out her blog you will drool, I promise New York Times BestsellerPaula Deen Meets Erma Bombeck In The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond S Spirited, Homespun Cookbook Drummond Colorfully Traces Her Transition From City Life To Ranch Wife Through Recipes, Photos, And Pithy Commentary Based On Her Popular, Award Winning Blog, Confessions Of A Pioneer Woman, And Whips Up Delicious, Satisfying Meals For Cowboys And Cowgirls Alike Made From Simple, Widely Available Ingredients The Pioneer Woman Cooks And With These Recipes From An Accidental Country Girl, She Pleases The Palate And Tickles The Funny Bone At The Same Time First of all, why would you even buy this book since all of the recipes are on her website for free unless you just had to have the complete Pioneer Woman Experience and there are legions She is highly marketed What you aren t told is that her husband is something like the eighth largest land owner in the U.
S She has staff on many levels In other words, she s a 1% er who can choose to create and live her life style Not a simple ranch wife Not by a long shot.
She s quick to admit, this is not healthy food Lots of butter and chocolate and cheese and carbs Old fashioned, one might say, but also one in keeping with this persona she has developed Nothing for me to prepare, but good recipes for the masses who eat in this manner.
Every time I come across her, all I can think is how vastly different her life would be with a farm, four children and poverty level income The charm would evaporate like a stick of melted butter over corn muffins.
This book was my first exposure to Pioneer Woman, other than stumbling on her blog a few times I will say this don t pick her book up expecting to go on a diet She makes good, hearty meals for hard working ranchers and a family full of growing kids, so if you re looking for salad recipes this is not the place to start.
The grouping of this book was great I found it very easy to find a recipe for whatever my purposes were, and I enjoyed that her penchant for photography shone through, weaving recipes with her family and life story pictures My only complaint if you can call it that is her butter and grease heavy mentality, that hearkens to a somewhat untrained Paula Deen attitude.
The photos in this book are worth the read by themselves she takes each recipe and breaks it down step by step into pictures so that you would have to be a trained ape to screw it up Delicious food, beautiful scenery, and a lifestyle that I covet keep me coming back to PW s writing Julia Child she is not, but intriguing and cooking for the real person types recipes are what you will find here.
The only exposure I had to Ree Drummond before e borrowing this from the library was when I accidentally stumbled across a post on her blog about making Eggs Benedict I clicked out of there quick after reading her recommendation that you make an F5 tornado out of boiling water to hold the eggs together Eeesh, no thanks So later I e borrowed this book since the fish out of water cookbook idea sounded interestingand was immediately confused Was this a memoir or a cookbook Or is it both And why are there so many pictures So many pictures that it took annoying food porn to a whole new level Seriously, I know what bacon looks like justsitting there, I don t need several pictures of the bacon Also, eight thousand pictures of your kids are not even remotely interesting to me But okay whatever, clicking repeatedly eventually gets me to another recipe.
Because I d never heard the term Egg in the Hole, I actually got excited when Ree explains that she had to learn how to make them from her husband s grandmother before he would go through with the wedding THIS is what I was looking for Well loved family recipes, down home country food, you get my point And then I realized it took four Kindle pages and seven photos to give me a recipe for an egg fried in the middle of a slice of bread Dude, that is not a RECIPE That is frying an EGG Yes, some people need to start with the basics, but calling this a RECIPE with photos is ridiculous I m returning this book without finishing it because I can t wade through another thousand repetitive food porn ranch porn photos and endless rhapsodizing about how hot Marlboro Man don t EVEN get me started on that nickname is.
I first stumbled across The Pioneer Woman blog through her photography section and immediately was fascinated with her writing and her life Completely down to earth, she started the blog only about 3 years ago and it has morphed into something huge Her husband is a cattle rancher in Oklahoma, where they also house wild mustangs for the government Everything she does is with class and high quality and attention to detail This book showcases her unique style of teaching recipes She takes pictures of every and I do mean EVERY step along the way This would be great for a beginning cook to actually see what the food should look like as it is cut, cooked, presented It s also great for an experienced cook because the food itself is delicious and packed full of flavor It can be a bit heavy on the calories, but there isn t a bad recipe in the whole book That in itself is unusual for a cookbook Anything you try will get rave reviews She also writes stories to go along with the recipes, so it reads well even as just a book For an example of her recipe writing style, check out her blog at ThePioneerWoman.
I ve been following Ree Drummond since she first began blogging a few years ago Her quick wit makes it a pleasure to read even the most mundane of daily tasks When I found out there was to be a cookbook, I knew I had to have it Ree is obviously a visual person something I appreciate because her recipes are shown with tons of step by step pictures I think the whole reason I buy cookbooks to begin with are the pictures It s the only cookbook on my counter because I use it so much There is to this book than recipes, which are accompanied by stories about that particular recipe It s actually fun to read Ree also has pictures of her family, friends, and a little bit of life on the ranch A few of my family s favorite recipes are perfect pot roast awesome , linguine with clam sauce to.
for , Patsy s blackberry cobbler oh so yummy I ve still got many recipes to try out, but everyone loves these so much, they don t want to try anything new One of these days, I m going to try out her lasagne recipe She makes it with breakfast sausage and cottage cheese It doesn t sound good to me, but if she s making it, I think it s gotta be good
This book is 1 part of the most basic recipies you ll ever need and 15 parts pictures of her family and horses It s of a love letter to her kids than an actual cook book, but if you need to know that to make eggs in a basket you put egg on toast, go ahead and buy this.
And with all the photos of horses throughout the book, there was not ONE horse recipe What a jip.
Although I like to watch the Food Network, I can t say I have watched Pioneer Woman very often In this cookbook, we learn a lot about Ree Drummond She s shares about her day to day life on the ranch including lots of photographs of her family, pets, etc The recipes include pictures and easy to follow instructions In fact, the step by step instructions each have their own picture of that particular step I understand her blog, which I have never visited, is set up this same way with lots of visual instruction She admits in the book s introduction that her recipes are hearty and most definitely not low calorie This is very true and since I didn t really watch Pioneer Woman or visit the blog, I was unaware these would be heavy recipes Pretty much everything is so, so heavy For me personally, I had to lighten them up a bit For instance, for the meatball recipe I used ground turkey in place of ground beef The recipes I tried from this book were absolutely delicious but not a cookbook I could cook from often I would probably need to space out eating recipes from this book.