Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cookbook review: The Pioneer Woman Cooks

I luuuuuurve The Pioneer Woman. After living in LA for many years, she married a cowboy from Oklahoma and promptly moved to a cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere. She then started a blog about it, and turned it into one of the most popular, most profitable blogs in existence. Turning THAT into a best-selling cookbook, an upcoming autobiography/romance novel, and several television appearances. Which is pretty much exactly what I want to do with this blog.

Anyway. I love reading her blog, because it's very funny and very well-designed, and she's a kick-ass photographer. She also homeschools her kids, so props for that.

Her cookbook features a lot of beef, as you might expect from a woman who lives on a cattle ranch. Which is fine, it's just that I don't eat a lot of chili, cheesesteaks, chicken-fried steak, pot roast, meatloaf, beef brisket, rib-eyes, or beef tenderloin, and man, were there a lot of potato variations to go with that. But hey, lots of people like meat-and-potato recipes. If you're one of them, you'll love this cookbook. It's simple, filling stuff, perfect for feeding four kids after a day on the ranch, but perhaps less useful if you like a little more variation/innovation in your food. Or you're a vegetarian.

The best part about the cookbook for me was the photography. She's got tons of pictures of her husband, her kids, her dogs, the ranch, and those amazing Plains sunsets. And, of course, the food.

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