Cook Book Reviews: The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Food From My Frontier

One of my favorite things to do is to peruse cookbooks. I rarely use them for cooking anymore, I use them for inspiration. I don’t like rules. I’m not one to read directions.

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.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Food From My Frontier, Harper Collins, $29.99

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2 Responses to Cook Book Reviews: The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Food From My Frontier

  1. Guest says:

    Well as long as you give favorable reviews for HarperCollins books, you'll certainly get more freebies. The Pioneer Woman cooks whatever from the fake frontier she lives on isn't even worthy of Half-Price Books. It's full of retro recipes from the 1950's and 60's. Many call for unhealthy, artery clogging ingredients. The book reads like a Betty Crocker cookbook with recipes for burgers, sloppy joes and brownies. Yuck! The book has 119 recipes and all but 20 are available on Ree Drummond's mediocre website. Won't be buying this…ever.

    Before you recommend another Pioneer Woman book, check out the back story on this woman. http://bit.ly/xtvvZv

  2. brooklynq says:

    Sorry to hear you didn't like her book, or Ree herself. Frankly, I know nothing about the woman, except that we both started websites around the same time.

    As for the recipes, they may be unhealthy, but so what? This is a blog about BBQ, not about healthy eating.

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