Pioneer Woman rocks!
Personally, I do not like cookbooks, especially those with family anecdotes and photos. It takes the fun out of cooking. I prefer recipes that I create on my own, but I made an exception for Pioneer Woman. The story goes like this. Once my brother invited me over to try rib eye steak prepared by him. I was a bit apprehensive because cooking is not one of the many qualities that he possesses. Still, I went ahead and tried it. I was pleasantly surprised. The steak was lovely. When I asked him the recipe, he showed me this book.
Long story short, I went ahead and bought a copy. My thinking was that if it can make my brother a good cook, I was imaging how helpful would it be for me, as a chef and an owner of a local restaurant.
Coming to the book, it is a great book. It has many recipes, and all of them are hearty and filling. The book contains a step-by-step process for each recipe, and each of them has a photo which makes it easier to understand. I have tried out nearly all of the recipes, and they have turned out to be great; the favorite being White Chicken Enchiladas and Honey-Plum-Soy Chicken. The desserts also turned out wonderful.
Wondering why the four stars – I felt there was absolutely nothing for vegetarians. With more and more people preferring vegetarian food, it would have been prudent for her to include more vegetarian recipes.