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Ree Drummond says she grew up on the seventh fairway of a golf course in a corporate town, attended college in Los Angeles and wore black pumps to work every day. She ate sushi and treated herself to pedicures on a semiregular basis. "Then, on a brief trip to my hometown, I met and fell in love with a rugged cattle rancher. Now I live in the middle of nowhere on a working cattle ranch. My days are spent wrangling children, chipping dried manure from boots, washing jeans and frying calf nuts." Her best-selling "The Pioneer Woman Cooks" (HarperCollins) is filled with recipes she loves to cook on the ranch, "along with some cows and horses, of course, and one cantankerous basset hound named Charlie." Drummond lives in Oklahoma.

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Ree Drummond

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