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Ree Drummond
Drummond in 2014
Drummond in 2014
BornAnne Marie Smith
(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 55)
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, U.S.
Pen nameThe Pioneer Woman
OccupationBlogger, author, television personality
EducationJournalism, gerontology
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
GenreBiography, cookbook
SubjectCooking, photography, home and garden, entertainment
Notable awardsWeblog of the Year 2009, 2010 (Bloggies)
Ladd Drummond
(m. 1996)
thepioneerwoman.com Edit this at Wikidata

Anne Marie "Ree" Drummond (née Smith,[1] born January 6, 1969)[2] is an American blogger, author,[3] food writer, and television personality. Drummond became known for her blog, The Pioneer Woman, which documented her life in rural Oklahoma.

Capitalizing on the success of her blog, Drummond stars in her own television program, also titled The Pioneer Woman, on The Food Network which began in 2011. She has also written cookbooks, a children's book, and an autobiography.[4] In 2015, Drummond launched a "homey lifestyle" product line of cookware, cutlery, appliances, clothing and outdoor living products.[5]

Early life[edit]

Drummond, nicknamed "Ree", grew up in a home overlooking the grounds of a country club in the oil town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma,[6] with two brothers and a sister.[7] She graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1987,[8] after which she left Oklahoma to attend college in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991,[9] having first studied journalism before switching to gerontology.[10] After graduation, she hoped to attend law school in Chicago,[10] but her plans changed unexpectedly when she met and married her husband, Ladd Drummond.[6] Her husband is a member of the wealthy Drummond ranching family.

Drummond was raised Episcopalian.[11]

Blog at ThePioneerWoman.com[edit]

Drummond began blogging in May 2006, initially using the subdomain pioneerwoman.typepad.com within the Typepad blogging service. She registered her own domain thepioneerwoman.com on October 18, 2006. Drummond's blog, The Pioneer Woman, was originally titled Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. The site is hosted by Rackspace.

Drummond writes about topics such as ranch life and homeschooling. About a year after launching her blog, she posted her first recipe[10] and a tutorial on "How to Cook a Steak".[12] The blog became popular and won Weblog of the Year in the 2010 Bloggies.[13][10]

As of September 2009, Drummond's blog reportedly received 13 million page views per month.[10] On May 9, 2011, the blog's popularity had risen to approximately 23.3 million page views per month and 4.4 million unique visitors.[14] According to an article in The New Yorker, "This is roughly the same number of people who read The Daily Beast".[14] An article in the Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail described it as "[s]lickly photographed with legions of fans ... arguably the mother of all farm girl blogs."[15] Estimates for her site's income suggest it earns $1 million or more per year from display (advertisement) income.[16]

Food community (TastyKitchen.com)[edit]

Floral design chef knife and cutting board are products marketed by Drummond's Pioneer Woman company.

In April 2008, Drummond held a giveaway contest in the cooking section of her blog The Pioneer Woman in which she asked readers to share one of their favorite recipes; the response inspired her to create a recipe sharing site.[17] In 2009, Drummond launched TastyKitchen.com – community recipe-sharing site.[18][19]


The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
Drummond's first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl,[20] was published in October 2009.[21] A New York Times reviewer described Drummond as "funny, enthusiastic and self-deprecating."[22]

Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
Published in February 2011 [23][7] by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Charlie the Ranch Dog
In April 2011, Drummond published a children's book titled Charlie the Ranch Dog,[20] featuring her family's beloved Basset Hound Charlie. According to Publishers Weekly, "Adult readers will recognize in Charlie's voice the understated humor that has made Drummond's blog so successful; kids should find it irresistible."[24] The book was illustrated by Diane deGroat, an illustrator of more than 120 children's books.[25]

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier
Drummond's second cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,[20] released in March 2012.[26]

Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
A children's book about the family's dog. Released in December 2012.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations
Released October 29, 2013.

Charlie and the New Baby
Another children's book about the family's basset hound. Released on April 29, 2014.

Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie Goes to the Doctor
Released June 17, 2014.[27]

Charlie the Ranch Dog: Stuck in the Mud
Released January 6, 2015.[28]

Charlie Plays Ball
Released March 24, 2015.[29]

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime
A cookbook featuring 125 dinner recipes. Released October 20, 2015.[30]

Charlie the Ranch Dog: Rock Star
Released November 17, 2015.[31]

Little Ree
Released March 28, 2017 [32]

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!
A cookbook featuring 120 recipes. Released October 24, 2017.[33]

Little Ree: Best Friends Forever!
Released March 27, 2018 [34]

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Super Easy!
Released October 19, 2021.[35]

Ree's Best Family Meals
Released online August 2, 2022.[36]


Drummond made her television debut on an episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay in 2010.[37]

In April 2011, the Food Network announced that Drummond would host her own daytime television series on the network. The Pioneer Woman premiered on Saturday, August 27, 2011.[38]


On March 19, 2010, Drummond confirmed media reports that Columbia Pictures had acquired the film rights to her book From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.[39] The production company was reported to be in talks with Reese Witherspoon to star as Drummond in a motion picture based on the book.[40][41] As of 2023, no further information has been released about this project.

Personal life[edit]

On September 21, 1996, Drummond married Ladd Drummond (born January 22, 1969), a fourth-generation member of the prominent Osage County cattle ranching Drummond family whom she refers to as "the Marlboro Man" in her books and her blog.[42][43] They spent their honeymoon in Australia and live on a remote working cattle ranch approximately 8 miles west of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.[6][9] They have five children. Her husband's second cousin is Gentner Drummond, an Attorney General of Oklahoma.[44]

In late 2016, the Drummonds opened The Mercantile, a restaurant retail store located in a 100-year-old downtown Pawhuska building that they bought and began renovating in 2012.[45]

In 2018, the Drummonds opened a bed and breakfast in downtown Pawhuska, "The Boarding House", as well as a pizzeria, "P-Town Pizza".[46][47] The Drummonds opened "Charlie's Sweet Shop", an ice cream and candy shop, in 2020. The shop was named after their basset hound dog Charlie, who died in 2017.[48]


  1. ^ Hood, Terry (February 3, 2011). "Oklahoma's 'Pioneer Woman' On Life, Love, And The National Spotlight". Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: KWTV. Archived from the original on September 11, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019". UPI.com. United Press International. January 6, 2019. Archived from the original on September 11, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019. television chef Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) in 1969 (age 50)
  3. ^ Ree Drummond, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. thepioneerwoman.com – Official Weblog
  4. ^ "Books by Ree Drummond (Author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks)". goodreads.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  5. ^ Groth, Leah. "Best of The Pioneer Woman: Cookware, appliances, kitchen gadgets and more". MSN.com. CBS NEWS. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Natalie Mikles, "She is 'Woman': Ree Drummond's view of Osage ranch life has taken the blogosphere by storm", Tulsa World, May 3, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Brandi Ball, "600 fans turn out to see 'Pioneer Woman' at Mayo Hotel", Tulsa World, March 9, 2011.
  8. ^ Dave Cathey, "Pioneer Woman to sign cookbook at Oklahoma City event", The Oklahoman, October 28, 2009.
  9. ^ a b USC Alumni Association. Ree Drummond, Class of '91 Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d e Rene Lynch, "The Pioneer Woman, an Internet and publishing sensation", Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2009.
  11. ^ Ree Drummond, "Brothers". ThePioneerWoman.com, September 16, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  12. ^ Lynn Andriani, "Cooking the Books with Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman", Publishers Weekly, September 28, 2009.
  13. ^ Lewis Wallace, "SXSW: Pioneer Woman Nabs Top Honors at 2009 Bloggies", Wired, March 16, 2009.
  14. ^ a b Amanda Fortini, O Pioneer Woman! – The creation of a domestic idyll.. The New Yorker, May 9, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  15. ^ Zosia Bielski, "Rural blogs harvest truckloads of urban fans", The Globe and Mail, October 16, 2009.
  16. ^ Source, ABDPBT.com "How Much Do Bloggers Make? Case Study: Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman".
  17. ^ Ree Drummond, 5,000-Plus Reader Recipes!. ThePioneerWoman.com, April 28, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  18. ^ Ree Drummond, et al. Tasty Kitchen. tastykitchen.com – Official Food Community Website
  19. ^ Ree Drummond, Introducing…. ThePioneerWoman.com, July 14, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  20. ^ a b c Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl (HarperCollins, 2009), ISBN 978-0-06-165819-8
  21. ^ Natalie Mikles, "The Pioneer Woman's Final Frontier: The blog diva releases her first cookbook", Tulsa World, October 27, 2009.
  22. ^ Julia Moskin, "Cookbooks as Edible Adventures", The New York Times, November 4, 2009.
  23. ^ Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels—A Love Story (HarperCollins, 2011), ISBN 978-0-06-199716-7. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  24. ^ Harper Collins "Charlie the Ranch Dog". Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  25. ^ Harper Collins "Author Biography, Diane deGroat". Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  26. ^ Harper Collins "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier". Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  27. ^ Drummond, Ree (June 17, 2014). Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie Goes to the Doctor. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062219183.
  28. ^ Drummond, Ree (January 6, 2015). Charlie the Ranch Dog: Stuck in the Mud. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062347756.
  29. ^ Drummond, Ree (March 24, 2015). Charlie Plays Ball. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062297525.
  30. ^ Drummond, Ree (October 20, 2015). The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062225245.
  31. ^ Drummond, Ree (November 17, 2015). Charlie the Ranch Dog: Rock Star. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062347787.
  32. ^ Drummond, Ree (March 28, 2017). Little Ree. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062453181.
  33. ^ Drummond, Ree (October 24, 2017). Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062225269.
  34. ^ Drummond, Ree (March 27, 2018). Little Ree: Best Friends Forever!. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062453198.
  35. ^ "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Super Easy!". The Pioneer Woman. June 8, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  36. ^ "The New Cookbook 'Ree's Best Family Meals' Is Available to Order Now". The Pioneer Woman. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  37. ^ Food Network, "Thanksgiving Feast". Episode BT0809H.
  38. ^ Rene Lynch, "Yee haw! The Pioneer Woman gets her own TV show", Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2011.
  39. ^ Ree Drummond, "Uhhh…Duhhh…". ThePioneerWoman.com, March 19, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  40. ^ Mike Fleming, "It's A Blog! It's A Cookbook! It's A Reese Witherspoon Romantic Comedy?", Deadline Hollywood, March 17, 2010.
  41. ^ Anne Oldenburg, "'Pioneer Woman' blog turns into Reese Witherspoon movie", USA Today, March 18, 2010.
  42. ^ Corrine Patterson, "Simple Way of Life", Working Ranch, January/February 2008, pp. 42–48.
  43. ^ Les Warehime, "Drummond Ranch" at Oklahoma Historical Society Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture Archived April 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (retrieved October 30, 2009).
  44. ^ "After narrow 2018 loss, Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond to run again for AG".
  45. ^ Shay Spence, "Look Inside Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s Gorgeous New Restaurant", People, November 14, 2016.
  46. ^ "Pioneer Woman's Hotel, the Boarding House, is Finally Open—and Dates are Already Filling up Fast!". April 12, 2018.
  47. ^ The Pioneer Woman Pizza Restaurant is Now Open!
  48. ^ Ree Drummond Opens New Sweet Shop and Ice Cream Store

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