The Best Part About Writing a Cookbook

We’re thrilled to have our first post from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, on the occasion of the one-year publication anniversary of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. What a fun year it’s been!

The Pioneer Woman Cooks!
A year ago, my first cookbook—well, my first book, for that matter—was released. This was notable for many reasons, not the least of which that it was pretty much the first time I’d seen such a gargantuan project through to completion without getting bored and quitting, as the multitudes of unfinished needlepoint projects still languishing in the top of my old closet in my dad’s house will attest.

Okay, true confessions about past crafting angst aside…writing my cookbook has turned out to be such a fantastic experience. Starting with the day I received the first pass pages in the mail, to holding the paperback bound galley in my hand…

The Pioneer Woman Cooks!
To receiving the very first copy of the book.

From my very first signing on my home turf in Oklahoma last fall…

To one of my later signings in the Pacific Northwest, where I’d never had the chance to visit before.

From this hair color…

To that one. (It was a mishap in Chicago.)

(I don’t like to talk about it much.)

Anyway, it’s been quite a year. It has tickled me to death that folks have bought my cookbook and are actually using it to learn to cook, or get dinner ideas for their families. Considering I had zero preconceived notions as to how well the cookbook would be received, it’s all been such a nice surprise.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks!
But the best part about writing a cookbook hasn’t been this.

It’s been this.

And this.

And okay…maybe not this. (Sometimes Ethel Merman takes over. I need to get it checked.)

And this.

And this.

Because of my cookbook, I’ve gotten to meet thousands of people I would never otherwise have met.

And for this isolated country girl, that has turned out to be quite a treat.

32 Responses to “The Best Part About Writing a Cookbook”
  1. Deb S says:

    The only thing that would make you cookbook any better, is to have it autographed by you while meeting you in person.

    • Carol H says:

      I am lucky enough to have a signed copy in my kitchen. I got to meet this nice lady and get my picture taken with her and she gave everyone a tee-shirt … it was so much fun !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Dedy says:

        I’ve struggled with my body image for sarveel years. It has been an up and down journey for me, and the thing that has helped me the most has been cooking my own food. By forming a relationship with food through cooking healthy, naturally low-fat, and delicious food, I have not only nourished my body, but I have managed to come to peace with it. This cook book would help me to continue on my journey of loving food while being healthy.

  2. Diane in Wisconsin says:

    Thanks for your cookbook – I’ve been cooking for lots of years and this has given me a renewed to try new recipes – I’m working my way through the book and have ordered 7 additional books for people – who said “where’d you get that chili recipe?…”

  3. Terri says:

    Your book was my birthday present to myself last year!!! Love it! Blessings!

  4. Anne Peck says:

    Because of you Ree..I love to cook and my family loves to eat! I think I have turned on alot women and men in my office…I know have cuz it’s all I talk about! Keep up the good work

  5. Wendy Poole says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to all of us cooks for your follow through so we too may be cazy country cooks right next to “our girlfriend at heart.” Delicious delights. Thanks Ree! Love your website too and Tasty Kitchen!

    • Igor says:

      I think most people that are inesreettd in FreeStyle have met other FS’ers at events and are comfortable reading and posting in an environment that is more nested so to speak.I know many folks are just not into posting on Facebook because of privacy concerns.I think we should focus here on FS oriented discussions. As far as I know we are not inesreettd in spurious arguments that sometime show up on solotripping and p’net. FS discussions have a way of going way off base in more open audience discussions.

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  6. emily says:

    woot woot!!! Congrats! I pre-ordered the book and bought an extra one for my sister for her birthday….and it was everything I had hoped for and more…I L O V E it!

  7. Pam K. says:

    I have Ree’s cookbook and can’t wait each day to read her blog for my “upper” for the day! She is so funny, very transparent about her life as a cattle rancher’s wife and mother of four, and the blog has loads of gorgeous photos taken by her. Everyone should check it out right this minute! You’ll be hooked!

  8. Ann says:

    Congrats on your anniversary!! What a thrill ride for you!

    • Erycka says:

      I have been what I call a healthy vegan (I eat a plant-based diet but I watch my sugar, siduom, and fat intake) for over 3 years now, and I have never felt better. So many people in my life (mainly the ones who know that I lost over 50 lbs. from changing my lifestyle) admire what I have done, but they think it’s too much hassle to cook plant-based, healthy meals. It’s fairly easy to find vegetarian’ recipes, but vegan recipes are much harder to come by. Lindsay’s book has so many recipes, all free of animal products! Would love to have a new stash of recipes to help convert some vegi-curious friends.

      • Cristina says:

        Hmmm, I don’t know what exactly is the perlbom. I’ve made this about 10 times, I’m making it on live TV? tomorrow, 5 times. I’ll message you the link of the video tomorrow and you can see if there’s any difference in how we’re doing it. sorry it wasn’t better.

  9. Sharon says:

    I bought the cookbook for my daughter last Christmas, but she won’t let her boy friend see it. She is afraid he will treat it like a menu.

  10. PW – just a note, I’d kill or die for your hair!


    • Thyan says:

      I’m 41 years old and recently had a heart cath and 23mm stent imlpnat in the LAD. My Cardiologist, who is from Poland and not tainted by American political dieting correctness, told me I needed a diet considerably lower in Carbohydraes than what I was typically eating. I wasn’t sure exactly what he was referring to and luckily I found this book. I was astonished at what I was reading. Everthing I was ever tought about nutrition was wrong. I’ve been excersizing and keeping my Carbs below 50g a day and I feel phenominal. I’ve lost 16 pounds in 4 weeks and all of my lipids are way down except my HDL which has risen slightly. My Triglycerides have also went from 291 to 120 in just 3 weeks! This book has given me enough information to lead a healthy life and I thank the authors of this book for saving my life. My four year old son thanks you too!

  11. Jennifer M. says:

    I was lucky enough to go to her signing in St. Louis! What a wonderful memory for me and my daughter! Her cookbook is my favorite!

  12. Kimi B says:

    Love the blog, love the book, love the girl behind it all!! Congrats, Ree! We all love ya for it!

  13. Jamie says:

    So glad my husband & I got to meet you in Stillwater, OK! We love your cookbook!

    • Euge says:

      The entree reiceps are ok, and the book has little blurbs called Use it Up , where they suggest ways to use the rest of a can of whatever they’ve called for in a recipe, the other half of that red pepper, etc. It’s a nice idea.But I mostly purchased this book for the baking section, where I had hoped to get some good small version desserts and baked goods reiceps. I even bought mini pans of various sizes and shapes, called for in the book. But not only was the selection of desserts/baked goods really limited, I’ve made several of them now and they have all been disappointing, some even being thrown right in the trash.Also, I have the CI Best Recipes cookbook, and a lot of information was simply carried over from that book to this one, which was irritating.

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  14. Nikki says:

    Congratulations! Reading your blog has become a daily ritual. I’ve been living overseas for the past year and picking up your cookbook is on my list of things to do when I get home! Love your blog!

  15. Jamie says:

    So glad my husband & I got to meet you in Stillwater. We love your cookbook!

  16. Joyce Ford says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I have your book, have recommended it to friends, and given it as gifts. Your book brings me joy in many ways. As I said to my BFF Donna, “When you read her stories it just makes you wish you could be friends with her.” Enjoy your success and accomplishment!

  17. Ree, it was such a treat to get to meet you in Portland, Oregon. The thing that struck me most was how down to earth and completely genuine you are. I do use your cookbook and so far we have loved everything that has been prepared out of it! I wish you nothing but peace and success in whatever your future endeavors bring! Congratulations on the one year anniversary!

  18. Mrs. Q says:

    Oddly, I just bought the book from Amazon and it arrived today on the first anniversary! Yeah!

  19. Maria says:

    Congratulations on your first anniversary! How exciting!

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