The other day I was pleasantly surprised when a friend of mine gave me The Pioneer Woman Cooks,cookbook. I have been following the Pioneer Woman blog for over two years. I love her quirky posts about her life on a ranch in Oklahoma. Since I read her everyday, I feel like I know her. She has invited her readers into her family and home. I feel like I have helped her make design decisions on the lodge that she recently renovated, helped her brother, Mike, stay on the wagon, and shared her great anxiety as she appeared on the Bonnie Hunt show. Now, I am pretty sure she has no idea who Judy @ In His Grip is, but I know that if I saw her in person I might just embarrass myself by running up to her and huggng like she was one of my Panera tribe gals. Okay, that is weird. This is the best step-by-step cookbook I have ever seen. To be honest I don't like cookbooks that do not have a picture of every recipe. I want to see what I am making. Not only does she have pictures of the finished product, she has pictures of how things look as you follow the recipe. You have gotta love that!