When I return from the book store, thrift store or just a random day of shopping, I just might have a cook book with me. My poor husband shakes his head every time I bring yet another collection of delicious recipes into our home. I just can’t let them go, though. It’s something that I love collecting, for those “just in case” times. The only cookbooks that I do utilize quite a bit are authored by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.
Now, I’ve written quite a bit in my corner of the internet about how much I enjoy Ree’s recipes. My own cousin even offered to pay me cash money to make him a tray of Ree’s apple dumplings for his birthday. She got me to actually love chocolate cake and think it’s OK for figs to be on a pizza. I like the cut of her culinary jib. So, when I was asked if I would like an advanced copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, I responded “duh, der, wha? Yeah!” Actually, I gave a very professional response but that’s what I said in my head.
When the book arrived, I wasn’t at all disappointed. It was a great representation of Ree’s spirit and enthusiasm for cooking. With this edition, she’s providing 140 recipes for holidays throughout the year. From New Year’s Day, to Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving and Christmas, PW really gives us the business. Her photos are vibrant, just like in all of her other cookbooks, but this one feels even more personal. The stories are heartfelt, funny, and relatable, just like Ree. If you are a fan of her website, you’ll enjoy seeing the essence of it through the pages of her new release.
I enjoyed the do-ahead game plan she provides at the beginning of each section. She details which parts of each recipe can be done the day of, night before, or even a few days before the big event. For someone that loves to execute a plan rather than make it, this was heaven-sent.
The best thing about The Pioneer Woman’s recipes and cookbooks are that they are honest, genuine and make you feel good. Funny thing is, these are the traits of Ree herself. She’s such a great soul. Every time I’ve interacted with her, she’s been just as sweet as the first time we met. Even The Duchess loves her, and she has no qualms announcing when she doesn’t like someone. Honest toddler, indeed.
If you’re looking for a great gift to provide the chef in your home, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays is the way to go.