When The Cajun and I got back home from the movies and our visit to the new Target, I found a package waiting for me at the door - my new The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook had arrived!
If you are a fan of The Pioneer Woman website, her stories, her romance with Marlboro Man, her punks, her sense of humor, her quirkiness, her livestock and horses, and of course her cowboys, you'll definitely want her cookbook too. It's a pretty book with a country feel, and all of the floral graphics and drawings of butterflies, dragonflies, flowers and chickens that we're used to seeing on her blog, scattered about the pages.
And of course there are the recipes. Done in the same step-by-step tutorial style that we're all used to seeing at the blog - the first cookbook that I think I recall ever having seen to try this - though the pictures are much smaller than we are accustomed to, and were a bit odd to me at first, it seems to work, and honestly you get used to it pretty quick once you get lost in the recipes and all the stories and photography.
This is good, basic food - nothing pretentious here. Just regular, good ole country cooking, fat (and flavor) included, and much of it like the way many of us down south already cook anyway.
But, there seems to be a little bit of magic that falls out of these pages too.
The familiarity of Ree herself and her stories of ranch life, complete with some equally familiar pictures and stories you'll recognize as a follower of the blog itself, seem to draw you into this book, so that once you run back into a recipe, you find yourself ready to cook something!
See that recipe for potato skins up there? It's really nothing out of the ordinary and in fact, is probably the same basic recipe most of us use when we make our own potato skins. But after flipping through that recipe, and seeing it there in it's full color step-by-step glory, it made me immediately want to get up and make some potato skins, while I read through the rest of the cookbook.
So I did!
I like her method of flipping the skins. Great idea! These are sooooooooo yummy!
This is simple, country cookin' y'all. The kind we all love. The kind of cookbook you'll find yourself looking to a lot I suspect. From jalapeno poppers, to breakfast potatoes, to egg in the hole, to pulled pork, to chicken fried steak and fried chicken, to meatloaf. There's the cinnamon rolls we've all drooled over. And pineapple upside down cake. And red velvet cake. It's all the familiar, simple and yummy southern foods we all adore, mixed in with tales of ranch life and lots of eye candy in between.
Of course, there's Charlie.
And, the horses.
And the cattle.
And mama cows with baby cows.
And then, well ... there's the obvious.
If you like ranch life and cowboys, and really, what woman doesn't, gorgeous photography and funny stories, and the usual quirky wit of Ree Drummond, plus the bonus of some downright, good country cooking, you'll want to add this cookbook to your collection too.
This is a perfect holiday gift idea for your gift giving list. Click right here to order your copy. If you like the cooking over at my food blog Deep South Dish, know you will love this cookbook too.