Ree Drummond first won our hearts and appetites as a self-professed desperate housewife blogger called The Pioneer Woman. From that humble beginning, Drummond now manages an empire that includes a hit TV show on The Food Network, a magazine, a line of housewares and bedding, and most recently The Pioneer Woman dog treats! Drummond has also filled our kitchens with her bestselling cookbooks, starting with her first one a decade ago, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, which quickly became a bestseller.
Drummond's latest cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier celebrates the latest chapter of life on the Oklahoma ranch, as her four kids are growing up and she's busier than ever. With 112 recipes, The Pioneer Woman Cooks treats readers to a varied mix of new and traditional dishes, using everything from a cast iron skillet to an Instant Pot. She also includes low-carb options, something she likes to make use of herself from time to time.
With all these responsibilities it's a wonder Drummond finds time to read, but indeed she does, and below are four books she's enjoyed recently, including one that always makes her cry.
Ree Drummond's favorite reads of 2019
Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland by Shauna Sever
Shauna's beautiful collection of familiar-and-flavorful recipes will make your heart leap. It's like the best dessert table from the best church potluck you've ever attended, rolled into book form.
Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore
Any child of the eighties will love this insight into Demi, who rose above her Brat Pack designation to exhibit real acting chops. It's a real, honest glimpse into her journey---the ups, the downs, the tears and the triumphs.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Not a new book by any measure, but I rediscovered it this year. I can't get through it--not once--without crying real tears, and I take that as a cue that love is a force, not just a feeling. This is a beautiful book that will break your heart and give you hope at the same time.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I'm a latecomer to the television series, and while I had read (quickly!) the book years ago, the show awakened new interest in me. I wanted to revisit the characters, and the book is the perfect way to do that. (Note: Not a light beach read! This is a tough, tough story.)
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