Recently, HarperCollins offered me two copies of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Food From My Frontier. One was for me to review, the other to give away to a reader. Well, things didn’t quite turn out that way.
Last month, I ran Grillin’ On The Bay which is NYC’s original barbecue contest, which included a new category this year, the Nancee Gell Memorial Award. This award is in memory of Nancee, who cooked as The Purple Turtle Caters on the competition barbecue circuit. Nancee and Greg were the living image of what competitive barbecue teams strive to be. They were loving, giving and completely open. If you needed to know anything about how to cook, Nancee and Greg would help you out. My best and worst memories from the circuit can be tied to Nancee.
Well, Purple Turtle Caters were the winners of the first Grillin’ On The Bay, and Nancee loved cookbooks. So, instead of offering the book here, I gave it the winners of The Nancee Gell Memorial Award, RxCellent Q.
As for The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Food From My Frontier, this is a beautiful cookbook and perfect for beginning cooks. Every step of every recipe is fully documented both in word and in pictures. It will be hard to screw up one of Ree Drummond’s recipes.
While this is not a cookbook dedicated to the ‘Que, it does provide some inspiration. I will be converting her crock pot version of “Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork,” to a version more suited to the pit.