Ree Drummond, better known by her virtual identity The Pioneer Woman, has a new cookbook that she will sign Thursday at Full Circle Books. The book signing will be at 6:30 p.m., and a reception hosted by Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine will follow. Named one of Time magazine’s 25 best blogs of 2009, Drummond’s blog, "Confessions of a Pioneer Woman,” receives 2 million unique site visitors and about 14 million page views per month. She won three 2009 Bloggies — for best photography and best design, and the big prize: weblog of the year. Drummond’s book, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl,” arrived in stores Tuesday. Drummond, who lives with her husband, Ladd, on the family’s 20,000- acre horse and cattle ranch near Pawhuska, said she never set out to be an author but she’s thrilled nonetheless. "In a way it makes it more exciting,” she said, "because it’s so unexpected.” Drummond graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1987 before attending the University of Southern California to earn a marketing degree. She was in state for a visit with an eye toward law school in Chicago when she met Ladd, whom she refers to on the blog as The Marlboro Man. They are raising and homeschooling four children together. Ree said her blogging started not with an eye toward drawing an audience but rather to stay in communication with her mother. "I didn’t even know what a blog was,” she said. "I just wanted my mom to be able to keep up with what we were up to and see some pictures of the kids.” The Full Circle stop is the second in what is scheduled to be a 19-city tour. Fans will gather "tweetup”-style at Rococo with Drummond after the event for a special three-course menu. Cost is $20. "I really don’t think of (my readers) as fans,” she said. "To me, they’re just friends I’ve met online.” The cookbook features a collection of simple recipes using widely available ingredients.
Meet The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond
→Book signings: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Full Circle Books, 1900 Northwest Expressway, and at 6 p.m. Saturday at Townmaker Square, 519 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska.
→Reception: Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine, 2824 N Pennsylvania Ave., immediately after Thursday book-signing event. Go online to http://twtvite.com/38466e or call 528-2824 for reservations.