Ree Drummond

Review: The Pioneer Woman

I have been really excited about one of Food Network’s newest shows, The Pioneer Woman with fellow food blogger Ree Drummond.  Like millions I have Ree Drummondbeen a fan of Ree’s uber-popular blog also entitled The Pioneer Woman.  Ree’s tale is about how she made the switch from, “spoiled city girl to domestic country wife.”

Sure her story is interesting.  Her early days were spent enjoying a cosmopolitan lifestyle – high-end restaurants, boutiques and day spas.  But then she met a cowboy.

Now when I say she met a cowboy it’s not a euphemism for fella and I certainly don’t mean she hooked up with some Yankee who relocated to Texas because that’s where all the jobs are.   Ladd Drummond is an honest to goodness hat wearing, boot sporting, horse riding, gun toting cowboy.  That in and of itself makes the show worth a watch but that wasn’t what drew me to it.

Being filmed in the middle of Oklahoma miles from the nearest town of any size and considerably further from any town of perceived consequence is refreshing.  Most cooking shows are produced in cities with access to virtually any ingredient one can imagine.  Guess what – you’re not likely to find durian or harissa paste in Wichita, Kansas.  It makes for a nice change of pace but that’s not why I was excited about The Pioneer Woman either.

No, my interest was predicated on the fact that Ree is not a chef lucky enough to live within a cab ride of Chelsea Market.  Nor is she a pampered New England socialite who’s only credential is being Martha Stewart’s pal.  Ree is a food blogger from middle America.  Food Network is finally starting to get the picture that cyberspace is a largely untapped Eden of foodie talent.

The Pioneer WomanAs I’ve said before – mainstream viewers would much rather watch the comical antics of Average Betty’s Sara O’Donnell as opposed to the butter battered butter deep fried in butter of Paula Deen if only given the chance.  They can learn far more about food from the brilliant Jadan Hair of Steamy Kitchen than they will the culinary atrocity that is Extreme Chef.  There’s more genuine cooking going on in a single episode of Food Wishes than in an entire season of Semi-Homemade.  And the best part of all – this online talent have established brands with built-in fan bases.

The Pioneer Woman wholly captures what it is like to be a foodie.  I know those who do not follow food on the net may think to themselves, “who does that?” whenever Ree pauses to take pictures of each meal she prepares.  The answer is I do, Sara does, Jaden does, Aarti does, Aida does, Chef John does and as we know Ree does.  I love that the show offers a glimpse of what being a professional foodie is like.  I also like that it shows that TV execs are starting to get the picture that the future of food TV is already established on the web.

After years of shows shot in New York or LA it’s nice to have one that is shot miles from Suburbia.  Now if they could film a show in a midsize town (like say Mobile, AL) that would be perfect.  The Pioneer Woman is great food porn with ample teaching moments.  It also airs Saturday mornings at 11:30 Eastern Time/10:30 Central time on Food Network.

The Pioneer Woman Moves from Blogosphere to TV

From the Food Network:

BLOGGING SUPERSTAR AND ACCIDENTAL ‘PIONEER WOMAN’ REE DRUMMOND RUSTLES UP NEW FOOD NETWORK SERIES

NEW YORK – July 19th, 2011 – Award-winning blogger and best-selling cookbook author Ree Drummond brings her signature wit and down-home recipes to an all-new Food Network series. Shot on location at her family’s picturesque Oklahoma ranch, The Pioneer Woman premieres Saturday, August 27th at 11:30AM ET/PT,serving up a slice of frontier life along with the “accidental country girl’s” step-by-step recipes for creating wholesome, hearty family meals and elegant menus for entertaining. Before the on-air premiere, fans will have a chance to get a sneak peek of footage from the premiere episode beginning Monday, August 22th at 9am ET on www.foodnetwork.com/pioneerwoman.

Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman“Ree’s easy-going humor and down-to-earth approach to food and life have won her millions of devoted fans online,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Programming and Production for Food Network. “In her new series, she’ll welcome us onto the ranch and into her home to share her secrets for turning simple variations on traditional American fare into memorable mealtimes for family and friends.”

Over the past five years, Drummond has chronicled her life as a city-gal-turned-rancher’s-wife on her phenomenally popular food and lifestyle blog, ‘The Pioneer Woman’. With her new Food Network series, Reeinvites viewers home to the range to watch and learn as she flips Lemon Blueberry Pancakes for son Todd’s birthday breakfast, achieves a Perfect Pot Roast for Sunday family dinner, and serves up Fig, Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza and Sangria for ladies night in. In between culinary conquests, Ree takes time to wrangle horses, compete in a shooting contest with her husband Ladd (aka “The Marlboro Man”), have fun with her four adorable kids and try to keep Charlie the basset hound out of trouble.

Ree Drummond is a writer, photographer, ranch wife and mother of four. Her blog, ThePioneerWoman.com, attracts over 20 million page views per month and was named Weblog of the Year at the 2011, 2010, and 2009 Bloggie Awards. Drummond is also the author of the #1 best-selling cookbook “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl” and the 2011 memoir “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels—A Love Story,” which opened at #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list for nonfiction hardcover. Ree’s children’s picture book, “Charlie the Ranch Dog,” which chronicles the adventures of her much-beloved Basset Hound, also premiered at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Drummond has appeared on numerous national talk shows including “Good Morning America,” “TODAY,” “The View” and “Fox & Friends.”

For more information, videos and recipes visit www.foodnetwork.com/pioneerwoman and checkout Ree’s blog.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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