Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook by Ree Drummond...And A Giveaway!

Edit 11/19/10 - Random.org picked #17 which was Teresa!  Congratulations!  The book is on its way.  Thank you to all who participated.  Be watching for another cookbook giveaway next week.

Would you like to receive a copy of this cookbook?  I'll be giving one away to a lucky winner!
Here's how to enter:
Simply become a follower of this blog (see followers gadget to the right) and let me know in a comment to this post that you are.
Only followers will be included in the drawing.

On Friday morning (Nov. 19) I will use the number generator at Random.org to select a winner from the comments.  Please be sure I can contact you if you win, either by email from your profile or a post at your blog.  The winner will also be announced here.

Good luck and thank you! 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond, Harper Collins Publishers, $27.50 list price.

This was a fun book to read.  It's different from most other cookbooks in that it is part biography and part cookbook as Ree tells the story of how she was a city girl who met up with a real life cowboy (aka Marlboro Man) and the rest, as they say, is history.  Now a mother of four and living life on a ranch, cooking is one of her passions and in The Pioneer Woman Cooks she shares some of her family's favorite dishes. The journey to becoming a cookbook author began several years ago when she started an online blog to share family life and recipes.

Step-by-step photos are included for each recipe that give a nice visual for both the novice and experienced cook.  In between the recipes are lots of photos of Ree's family and ranch life (photography is her other passion) with antecdotal stories thrown in.

The recipes are good, basic, real-food dishes that include real ingredients like butter. Remember butter? I liked the French Breakfast Puffs which are muffins rolled in butter, then cinnamon and sugar; healthier and easier than doing fried donuts but just as tasty.  I also liked her pizza crust recipe and the homemade ranch dressing.  My family likes casseroles so the Chicken Spaghetti was a hit.  The cookbook sections include appetizers, breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.

By the time I finished reading this cookbook I not only had real "comfort food" recipes to try but also felt I had met a new friend.


  1. Cindy, I've been trying to become a follower
    of this blog but it simply won't let me.
    I follow some of your others and don't
    know why this one won't allow me. Anyway,
    if I can get in I would love to be counted
    in the drawing for Ree's cookbook. I love
    her recipes. Thanks.

  2. Oooh, Cindy, I love this kind of cookin'! We still eat fried food and drink lots of sweet tea. :) Please count me in for the drawing!

  3. Oh yes! Count me in. I've been hearing about this book for ages, and since I'm pretty much a dud in the kitchen, I need step by step (and pictures to boot). And I think I'm a follower... let me check;


  4. Thanks for inviting me Cindy, I've heard lots about this cookbook! Count me in! :)

  5. Hi Cindy, I am now a follower of this blog as well as your other...so count me in my friend!
    I love Ree's blog and would love, really love this cookbook. I've tried a couple of her dishes and they are great, easy and hearty.
    Thanks for alerting me, blessings on your week.

  6. Oh who doesn't love the Pioneer Woman!! Count me in my friend.
    Have a great day.

  7. Hi! Cindy, sorry its taken me this long to get back to you! I was so excited to see your comment on my blog! Love new Friends to fellowship with! and I love give-a-ways:) they make blogging really fun! It is a sweet Blessing. And I HEART cook-books! Love them, So please count me in, I have heard about this one that other bloggers use! Sounds Yummy:) So happy to meet you! Sweet Blessings to you for a great wednesday:) PS, Now following.{e-mail nanaofkrh@yahoo.com}

  8. Oh I would love this book...sounds great..I think I joined last time but I will check cuz I do remember I had some trouble. Hope you had a good day.

  9. Please enter me!! Thanks a bunch!

  10. I am a new follower.
    I have seen her when she has been on some of he morning news programs. Her recipes looks wonderful.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  11. Please sign me up for your wonderful giveaway.
    I am a new follower..
    I had fun looking at all of your blogs-especially the one on health.
    I need that!

    White Spray Paint

  12. Following here too, Cindy. Fun giveaway and great reviews!

  13. me too Cindy, and I'm already a follower.


  14. Love your blog and enjoyed your review on this cookbook, it sounds amazing! Please count me in for this great giveaway.

    I am a new follower.

    alongtheway at telus dot net

  15. good luck to some happy girl! it's a fabulous

  16. Hi Cindy ....I'm 53 also and a mm of two, but also love those hard cover hold-em-while-you read hard covers, and Pioneer woman rocks in my world. Have you seen her post from the last day or so of the apple pie with the hard sauce? Unbelievable recipe ...and top of my list for Thanksgiving. I am a new follower of yours and happy to enter my name into your fantastic giveaway. Life is all about the small sweet things, isn't it?

  17. Would love to win this cookbook! I've sometimes thought that I was born in the wrong century as the pioneer women always fascinated me. I may be a little too spoiled though with all the creature comforts like indoor plumbing, central heating and air, stoves and refrigerators, etc. Lol. I'm a follower, so please include me in the drawing.:)

  18. OK, I really need this one!! I gave a copy to my mom and one to TMO but never got one for myself. Please? Pretty Please?

  19. Glad to have found your blog and enjoyed your book reviews! I'm your newest follower and want to be counted in on the fun.

    So put my name in the hat and pass the chocolate!

  20. Cindy, thanks for inviting me over! How did I miss this blog of yours? :)

    I love the name and description of your blog, it made my morning...

    So, now, I am officially following you to the land of chocolate and books, O what a joy! :)

  21. I love Pioneer Woman and Friday is my 16th Wedding Anniversary! :) I'm following your blog....it's great by the way :)!


  22. :) I loveee Ree! She's just too great!

  23. I found your blog from Becky's blog :) I love the name and the quotes you have at the top! I'm following you now too. Please enter me in the contest -- I adore the Pioneer Woman!

  24. I'm following you now too :) Thanks for a great giveaway!

  25. I am a follower :)
    p.s. I love books AND chocolate, and I'm a fan of The Pioneer Woman!

  26. So glad you posted your giveaway in the comments on PW Cooks' Cranberry Pie today... that's how I found you! :)

    I'm following... please count me in!

    Your new fan,


  27. Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway! I've been wanting this book - it sounds wonderful! I'm now a follower!

  28. I saw your comment on Linda's blog, so I thought I would check out your giveaway. PW is so awesome.
    I am also having two giveaways myself, one on each of my blogs.

  29. Hi Cindy!
    please include me in the giveaway!
    I'm a follower here also!

  30. I followed just to enter the giveaway, but I really hate "following" blogs, as I prefer to just subscribe to them all in Google Reader. I subscribe, too, but you can't tell because it doesn't show up in your followers list. Oh well.

    I make Ree's brisket as often as I can!

  31. I'm always game for a new cookbook .. especially one with the word 'pioneer' in the title:)

  32. Count me in on your fantastic giveaway--Pioneer Style!

  33. Such a great blog! I am toying around with a foody-page on my blog, and love your ideas. thanks! Oooh, I am a new follower, so please include me in your drawing.

  34. I found you via Stitching By The Lake Blog. I would love to win this book!

  35. I'm a new follower, love your blog, please
    include me in the giveaway.
    Thank you.

  36. I came here from PW, and I believe I will enjoy your blog very much. And of course I would love to have Ree's cookbook! Since I don't have a clue how the following/profile thing works, even though I am now following this site, here is my email address. shobson at waymark.net

  37. I also came over from seeing your comment on PW, I also will enjoy your site and hope to win the cookbook. Happy Thanksgiving next week

  38. i'm new follower :) i love your blog..and PW cookbook :P

  39. She was on Throw Down last night on the food channel...it was so much fun to watch and see her in action!

  40. New Follower...we seem to like the same types of books/storylines, etc... Reading & Quilting are my 2 passions other than my precious Grandchildren. Hope I win...have never won from a blog giveaway.
    I'd like to invite you over to my little blog!
    Gmama Jane


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