Friday, October 30, 2009

My New Favorite Cookbook


Oh verily I say unto you (quietly so I don't corrupt the children) various vile and vexatious vociferations. That's uptown wiffling for downtown cussing. Yea though I walk through the valley of wild cyber children (who refuse to play well together no matter how I beggeth them), I shall fear not for my sanity for my sanity did deserteth me the day I signed on to the World Wide Web.

What brought on this tantrum, you ask? You will have noticed, of course, the decor has changed again. I really liked the looks of the last design but it simply would not do some of the things I wanted it to do and so I had to show it the door. Don't get too used to this look, either. It's strictly a temporary marriage of convenience, just until I find my own true love, the one who will agree to play nicely and not stimulate my potty mouth. (sigh)

But never mind all that silliness. What I really wanted to tell you about was a fabulous book that fell into my hot little hands today. It's a cookbook. But it's more than a cookbook. Way more. Right off the top, though, it's got to be one of the prettiest cookbooks I've ever owned. Front cover to back and every single page between is a loving work of art and almost every page showcases gorgeous photos taken by the author.

I'll have to apologize for the quality of my photos. I'm afraid I dillydallied too long and the lighting was lousy. It's no biggie but I'd rather do the lady the justice she deserves. Anyhoo, you may be familiar with Ree Drummond from her amazing web site, Pioneer Woman Cooks. (See link in sidebar.) For the food porn alone I would enjoy this woman but she's a whole lot more than just a pretty cook. In fact, I just took the trouble to look up the spelling for renaissance because that's what she is; a renaissance woman. Well, gee. She home schools her kids, feeds a bunch of hard-working cowboys and regularly updates a website with so many features it's practically a full-time job all by itself. She's a genuinely good photographer (and gives tips on her web site), a gifted writer and is smarter than the average bear. Besides which, she has a terrific sense of humor and absolutely refuses to take herself seriously. I like her so much, I don't have the heart to slap the gravy out of her.

I don't know how many recipes there are (except there are lots) but there are 248 pages in the book. Above is a sample of her photo tutorial style of presenting a recipe. Fans of her web site will recognize some of the offerings but there are plenty of new ones, just for the book. I would rate this as the best cookbook in a coon's age if the recipes were all there was to it. But, as I said, it's much more.

 Interspersed between all the glorious food pages are photos of people and cattle and horses and dogs -- oh, wait until you meet Charlie! He's just the handsomest Basset hound you ever did see. There are funny stories and poignant vignettes. It's not exactly like reading a novel. It's more like a rollicking visit with a best friend. You can't help but feel good for having the visit. And wait until you see how good you feel when you follow some of her recipes. Listen, this woman is armed with butter and she's not afraid to use it!

I put a link at the top of the sidebar if you'd like to whip over to Amazon and read more about the book. Or scroll down to the link for her web site and browse around at her place. Get a feel for what she does. If you like what you see there, I can pretty much guarantee you'll like the book as well. Heck, even if you don't cook, you'll like the book. But I'm warning you -- it'll make you hungry.


~ Sil in Corea said...

Ree is one cool lady! I followed your link a while ago, and I was facinated and delighted by her. I wish I had half the gumption she has!

Bonnie said...

Wil is not going to be pleased if I mention another cookbook. He can't understand why I like to read and collect them if nothing else. lol

btw I'm going to put up a soup recipe I did last nite.

Bex said...

Ever since I found Ree's web site I've been reading it and fell in love with her whole story too. About a week ago I got MY copy of her cookbook in the mail too. It's one of the BEST cookbooks I have, and I have loads of them. Very fabulous pictures and down-to-earth recipes with not too many ingredients and steps. She is one amazing woman. Thanks to you for introducing me to her!

kate et jim said...

I think I'm in love...

I also think I'm getting this book!

Anonymous said...

Dee - I agree with you 100%! I got mine in the mail yesterday. About an hour after talking myself out of buying a copy at the bookstore. I just didn't want to wait.

I read it from front to back the minute I cut it out of the Amazon box and I can't wait to start cooking from it.

She's so pleasant and her recipes are delicious!

Dee said...

Ahhhh, thank you, folks! After I sent off this post, I thought, sheesh, Dee, you sound like a blithering idiot with a high school crush. It's such a relief to find you all know exactly what I'm talking about. (grin) And, Bonnie, I'm going to pop right over and check out your soup recipe. It's definitely soup weather here today.

Maggie said...

You are not an idiot....just an enthusiast.

I admire her no end, but her web site is too fancy for me. I have to be the only nay sayer in the cookbook world....and I am just bringing a new bookcase up into the living room for my cookbooks. Several folks say that the book just duplicates her web pages and there are not enough recipes.

I'm ducking.

Maggie said...

PS: Yes, I liked the enthusiasm of that last design. My problem is that I want simple so folks see my photos not my page as a whole. This is ok but bland and conservative.
Not you.

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I have this cookbook that served as my bible in cooking too. I don't really bake but I do love cooking dishes for meals and gatherings. Stuff like that. That particular cookbook was a gift from my mom and i loved it ever since. I admire you trying out a lot of stuff. Keep it up!

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