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Hello, my name is Kelly and I welcome you to the Bookend Diaries book blog. I created this blog to share my own reviews of existing and new books, to discuss with other readers what we’re currently reading, update you on my book club picks, and of course, to ultimately support the work of the authors we all enjoy. I am addicted to reading and I thought this would be a great way to reach out to other readers who are as obsessed with books as I am.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mailbox Monday

The Orphan Sister by: Gwendolen Gross
book courtesy: Simon & Schuster

The Dry Grass of August by: Anna Jean Mayhew
book courtesy: Kensington Books

So Near by: Liza Gyllenhaal
book courtesy: Penguin Group

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Pioneer Woman Cookbook by Ree Drummond

*** Purchased through Barnes and Noble


My name is Ree.

Some folks know me as The Pioneer Woman.

After years of living in Los Angeles, I made a pit stop in my hometown in Oklahoma on the way to a new, exciting life in Chicago. It was during my stay at home that I met Marlboro Man, a mysterious cowboy with steely blue eyes and a muscular, work-honed body. A strict vegetarian, I fell hard and fast, and before I knew it we were married and living on his ranch in the middle of nowhere, taking care of animals, and managing a brood of four young children. I had no idea how I'd wound up there, but I knew it was exactly where I belonged.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined my experience in the country. I share many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes I've learned to make during my years as an accidental ranch wife—including Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rolls—not to mention several "cowgirl-friendly" dishes, such as Sherried Tomato Soup, Olive Cheese Bread, and Creme Brulee. I show my recipes in full color, step-by-step detail, so it's as easy as pie to follow along.

You'll also find colorful images of rural life: cows, horses, country kids, and plenty of chaps-wearing cowboys.

I hope you get a kick out of this book of mine. I hope it makes you smile. I hope the recipes bring you recognition, accolades, and marriage proposals. And I hope it encourages even the most harried urban cook to slow down, relish the joys of family, nature, and great food, and enjoy life.

My Review Comments:

I purchased this cookbook, after someone mentioned it to me. It is a wonderful cookbook and is so full of beautiful images with step by step instructions on how to make the most delicious meals. I have followed her blog site and now she has added yet another feather to her cap by having her own cooking show on the Foodnetwork channel. I watch the primer show this past weekend and it was excellent. She is just such an interesting, down to earth person to watch and it is so special that she takes so much time to share with others her family life. Her recipes in the cookbook are down home style and pretty simple to make. The ingredients are things that are easy to locate and are things that you would normally carry in supply in your pantry. She has truly inspired me to make my blog the best that it can be and to cook a hearty meal with ease. I would recommend anyone that is interested in down home cooking to purchase this cookbook. I know you will enjoy it as much as I did just sitting back and looking at all the breath taking images of her ranch as well.