All of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks for making tasty meals at home


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Whether you’re a Food Network fanatic, or you just learned how to turn on your oven, The Pioneer Woman has a cookbook for you.

Ree Drummond, food blogger-turned-TV chef, is known for making hearty “cowboy-approved meals” from her Oklahoma ranch. She first launched her blog, The Pioneer Woman, in 2006, chronicling her life as a self-proclaimed “accidental country girl” who, for many years, had plans to be a lawyer in Chicago. Instead, she found herself to be a mother of four living in the country.

About a year later Drummond published her first recipe, “How to Cook a Steak.” The recipe explained the how-to in great detail, with 20 images showing each step. The recipe was an instant hit with Drummond’s readers, and in 2007, she won a Bloggy award for Best Kept Secret, followed by the Best Weblog of the Year award in 2008.

From then on she filled her site to the brim with recipes — enough to launch a cookbook in 2009, much to fans’ cravings. Before the book was officially released to the public, it was No. 1 on Amazon’s preorder list in the Cooking, Food & Wine category, according to a Los Angeles Times article from that year.

Her first book, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl,” became a New York Times Bestseller and, like her blog, includes step-by-step photos of each recipe which are created with widely used, easy-to-find ingredients for simple, yet delicious country-inspired meals.

Shop: “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl,” $24.20

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“The stories in this book and Ree’s recipe instructions make you feel like you are cooking with your best buddy,” wrote one Barnes and Noble reviewer. “I love that she took all the pictures included in the recipes and included pictures of her dirty dishes and messy kitchen.”

Since that first cookbook, Ree released five more cookbooks, landed her own TV show on Food Network in 2011 and released kitchen, home, pet and food products at Walmart. Her love of writing also extended beyond recipes — Ree authored a children’s book series called “Charlie the Ranch Dog” inspired by her own pet and a book about her and her husband’s love story titled, “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–A Love Story.”

If you’re looking for something delicious to cook or simply to kill time, you can’t go wrong with trying out one or more of The Pioneer Woman’s recipes. Check out all of her cookbooks below, starting with her original book and ending with her newest release from 2019.

Shop: “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,” $26

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Published in: 2012

In her second cookbook, Ree serves up “cowboy-approved comfort food” like Dr. Pepper pulled pork and grilled cheese sandwiches. Like the first book, every recipe is simple and includes step-by-step photos.

Shop: “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations,” $26.99

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Published in: 2013

In this cookbook, Ree shows how to celebrate holidays year-round with recipes for groups of different sizes — from small dinner parties to larger feasts. Recipes include: Dr. Pepper cupcakes for the Super Bowl, glazed ham for Easter, watermelon sangria for July 4th and caramel apple rolls for Christmas.

Shop: “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper,” $26.99

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Published in: 2015

This cookbook will help you plan out and cook meals for a whole family. It packs in over 125 recipes that combine pantry staples and fresh produce, including chicken taco salad, freezer meatballs and more.

Shop: “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives,” $26.99

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Published in: 2017

Ree serves up easy recipes for busy lives in this installation of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” series. Within its pages, you’ll find teriyaki salmon and kale sheet pan supper, mini turkey meatloaves, Tex-Mex butternut squash soup and stuffed pizza crust (without the pizza).

Shop: “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating,” $26.99

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Published in: 2019

Ree’s latest book showcases how her life has evolved since her first book. She incorporates recipes using the home chef-favorite Instant Pot, as well as low-carb favorites like zucchini caprese sliders and portobello bun burgers from her own experience in cutting down on carbs. It’s all still classic Pioneer Woman dishes, but with a more modern twist.

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