"The Pioneer Woman Cooks" Vs. Keller's "Ad Hoc" -- Which Kind of Cook Are You?

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A Slate writer recently cooked identical fried chicken meals -- with all the fixin's! -- using Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl and Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home to see how the recipes compared.

Which cookbook came out on top?


As far as cookbooks go, the two couldn't be more different; in fact, probably the only things they have in common is that they're both about comfort food, and they both are immensely popular.

Drummond's book is an easily accessible, user-friendly collection of down-home comfort food classics specifically geared for the novice home cook looking to make a quick and easy meal. Keller's, while still approachable, is more complicated in scope, targeting slightly more experienced cooks with time to spend in the kitchen.

So who makes fried chicken better (at least according to Slate)?

"Keller's is the superior book, but the book [Pioneer Woman] that helps me put a good enough dinner on the table, night after night, turns out to be the book I need."

What kind of cook are you? One looking to make a "good enough" meal as long as it's quick and easy? Or one who likes to spend hours in the kitchen in pursuit of a superior meal?

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