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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Weekend Cooking - The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond

To kick off a new year of fun cookbooks I thought Ree Drummond's latest book, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays," would be the perfect choice.

About the Book:

There's nothing more delicious than a holiday.

Oh, is it ever true. Whether it's the anticipation of Christmastime or the ghoulish glee of Halloween, if I see a holiday on the horizon, I simply can't contain my excitement. There's just something about the traditions, the family togetherness, the resurfacing of childhood memories . . . the making of new ones. Holidays are wonderful, special, and fun . . . and they always make me happy.
And one more thing: They make me want to cook!
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays is an all-out celebration of the scrumptious, mouthwatering recipes that define our favorite occasions throughout the year. From luck-inducing Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, to a perfectly savory/sweet Glazed Easter Ham, to luscious Caramel Apples on Halloween, to a crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving feast with all the fixins, these pages are positively brimming with recipes guaranteed to make your holidays deliciously memorable . . . and memorably delicious!
Twelve different holidays are covered in delectable detail: From New Year's Day to New Year's Eve . . . and all my favorites in between. Host a party for the Big Game for your football-loving friends, make Mom a lovely Mother's Day breakfast-in-bed, invite your sweetie to a Valentine's Day romantic dinner for two . . . or ring in the New Year with a fabulous cocktail party. There's food, glorious food in this cookbook, and you won't run out of yummy things to make.

My Thoughts:

This is a big, HEAVY, and absolutely gorgeous book that is filled with not only 140 of the most delicious recipes you'd ever want to try, but also with beautiful pictures of Ree Drummond's family, her Oklahoma ranch, and her life.  This girl can cook, but she can also take photographs like no body's business!

I love how Ree's writing style is just like she would be sitting down (if this girl ever sits down!) and talking to you over a cup of coffee and a plate of her Dr. Pepper cupcakes. She writes about her kids, her dogs, her Marlboro Man husband, and their lives, all while sharing her incredible gift of creating meals that are both easy to fix and memorable.

This book is divided out into holidays, but the recipes could be fixed for any time of year!  Some of my favorites included Coconut Ginger Baked French Toast, Red Velvet Pancakes (for Valentine's Day!) and Key Lime Pie for the Fourth of July. All the recipes are shown with step-by-step photos, making this cookbook perfect for beginning cooks as well as experienced ones.

I love all of Ree Drummond's cookbooks, but I think that "A Year of Holidays" is probably my favorite one so far! I highly recommend it!

About The Author:

Ree Drummond began blogging in 2006 and has built an award-winning website, where she shares recipes, showcases her photography, and documents her hilarious transition from city life to ranch wife.

She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books Charlie the Ranch Dog, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier as well as Charlie and the Christmas Kitty, Charlie Goes to School, and his I Can Read adventures.

Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ladd; their four kids; Charlie; Abigail; and lots of other animals.

Check out Ree's website at www.thepioneerwoman.com

My thanks to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Carole said...

Thanks - I didn't know about her. Happy New Year

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I made a few of Ree's recipes recently and they have been big hits with my family.

Laurie C said...

I've looked through this cookbook at the library. I like a cookbook that's divided up by holidays or seasons so it's easy to find seasonally appropriate recipes!

Mystica said...

I like the "heavy" description. Such a load of great receipes.

Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) said...

One of my goals for 2014 is to establish some holiday cooking traditions. This sounds like a great resource!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Her pot roast recipe from an earlier book is one of my family's favorites. This sounds great!

Beth F said...

Her recipes are almost always a win. I haven't seen a copy of this yet, but it's been on my list.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

When I said it was a Heavy book, I mean it literally! It is HEAVY! But it's also filled with gorgeous, glossy pics of the food and family and it surely a book that will become a heirloom!

Thank you all for stopping by!