For many years, I’ve been a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond’s recipes and truly enjoyed her cookbooks. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime is the best cookbook to date. The reason I love it so much is that it is mostly main dish dinner recipes, rather than a bunch of recipes for appetizers, desserts, drinks, etc. I am always looking for new dinner recipes; and this cookbook has some awesome ones. All the recipes are simple and step-by-step with photos of each step, which make it easy on the cook. Woven throughout the cookbook are stories and anecdotes from Ree’s family life on the ranch. There are stories about where recipes originated, notes about which family member likes which ones the best, as well as pictures of Ree’s children and even the ranch dog. The photography is beautiful and really makes this a treasure of a book.
Categories of recipes include: Breakfast for Dinner, Soup for Dinner, Salad for Dinner, Freezer Food (make ahead meals!), 16 Minute Meals, Pasta Pronto, Comfort Classics (my favorite!), New Favorites, Veggie Sides, Starchy Sides, and Quick Desserts. The back of the book includes a “Recipes for Everyone” section in which the recipes are organized into categories such as “kid-friendly,” which is helpful to moms (like me!) cooking for picky eaters. Ree also provides readers with food preparation tips, and comprehensive lists of what to stock in the fridge, pantry, and freezer.
A few of my favorites are Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Salisbury Steak, and Chicken Enchiladas. They are too good to pick just one, of course! This book would be a great gift for anyone who loves to cook, or would like to start cooking, as the recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients easy to find. Or, you can gift it to yourself! Either way, you won’t be sorry and you’ll love it!