‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Hilariously Described Her First Cookbook: ‘No Idea What I Was Doing’

by Amy Myers

Like any professional skill, success takes a mixture of time, practice and mistakes. No one knows that quite like The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

Now a renowned cook show host and cookbook author, Drummond certainly had her fair share of trial and error. However, she’s not ashamed of the process or where it’s taken her. Instead, she embraces her mistakes as a part of the path that made her the talented and creative icon she is today.

A huge part of The Pioneer Woman’s identity is her life on an Oklahoma ranch. She derives much of her inspiration for her recipes and episodes from her family and country lifestyle. The proud mother of four (plus one “bonus” child) is passionate about how food brings her family together and strives to share that with her viewers on Food Network.

Drummond Reflects on Her First Cookbook

As we can imagine, the first attempt of a talented creator is not always going to be perfect. Picasso’s first painting was likely not a masterpiece, and The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, admitted ian interview with Design & Living that her first cookbook wasn’t a bestseller, either.

However, she still looks back at the book with admiration and understanding of where she started.

“Obviously, I had no idea what I was doing,” Drummond shared. “That book came out in 2009, and I look back at the photos and I cover my face with my hands because the photos were not good, but I love it because it was me.”

Now, as a successful cook show host and author of multiple cookbooks and a children’s series, Drummond says she wouldn’t have done anything differently.

“I wasn’t trying to make it something it wasn’t, so I just did photos of my kids and my dogs interspersed with the food,” she said. “Even though I look at it now and could say, ‘Oh this should be better,’ I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It was my first cookbook.”

‘Pioneer Woman’ Was First a Food Blogger

Before she was a Food Network star, The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond began sharing her passion for cooking through a food blog in 2006. Drummond remembered that at the time she started writing, blogs weren’t quite as prevalent as they are now. However, she continued documenting her adventures through taste.

“It started on a complete whim,” Drummond said. “I just started with a personal blog, free software online and no plan at all except that I would post photos and my mom would read it. It enabled me to express a creative side that I didn’t know I had. I lived in the country for 10 years at that point, so maybe it stored up and needed to come out somehow.”

Her online chronicles eventually developed into what would become her first cookbook.

“It was just really a natural evolution. I started posting recipes months later and a couple years later, my first cookbook came out, so if I’d have planned it all ahead of time, there’s no way. I couldn’t possibly have done it because it was such a natural evolution,” The Pioneer Woman said.