It would be easy to imagine the person behind The Pioneer Woman Cooks! (thepioneerwoman.com) blogging from 'home on the range' where 'the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play' - except that she appreciates the conveniences the modern world has to offer. As she tells it, Ree, a thirtysomething city girl, married a rancher and moved to his working cattle ranch. She 'lives in the middle of nowhere' and spends her days 'changing diapers, chipping dried manure from boots, washing jeans and frying calf nuts' while home-schooling her four children. Ree admits her cooking became simpler after moving to the ranch, where she cooks for 'cowboys who think the sun rises and sets [on] a steak and baked potato'. After all, she writes, the country market near her home doesn't usually carry yellowfin tuna, star anise or wasabi paste (although she does manage to slip in a few sushi lessons, courtesy of a visiting 'half-Japanese sushi chef'). Her recipe categories include 'cowboy food' and 'cowgirl food'. The dishes are hearty and heavy on the beef (as you'd expect), with recipes for 'pasta a la Marlboro man', steak bites, marinated flank steak (parts 1 and 2), pan-fried rib-eye steak, twice-baked potatoes ('simple, man pleasin', delicious') and creamed spinach.