The Pioneer Woman:
Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

by Ree Drummond

William Morrow • $25.99 • ISBN 9780061997167
On sale February 1, 2011

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond. I've enjoyed making her recipes for a couple of years now; I'm fascinated by her city-girl-to-country-girl story; and last year I braved the crowd at her cookbook signing in Nashville. I even went to the gym just so I could watch her recent throwdown with Bobby Flay. (Who knew that not having cable could lead to more exercise? Who knew that watching a cooking demonstration while on the treadmill will make a person drool even more than watching it on the couch?)

And this weekend, I get to meet Pioneer Woman in person. On her family's ranch in Oklahoma. (Cue hyperventilating.)

I'll be taking lots of pictures, shooting video and chatting with PW about her memoir, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.

You can already read a lot of the story on—the first two-thirds were published originally as a web serial. Part three of the book picks up where the serial leaves off, after PW's wedding. That you can read on February 1.

Check back soon for updates from my trip. And here's an excerpt from the memoir to whet your appetite for some old-school romance now:

Cowboy. I'd never spoken to a cowboy, let alone ever known one personally, let alone ever dated one, and certainly, absolutely, positively never kissed one—until that night on my parents' front porch, a mere couple of weeks before I was set to begin my new life in Chicago. After valiantly rescuing me from falling flat on my face just moments earlier, this cowboy, this western movie character standing in front of me, was at this very moment, with one strong, romantic, mind-numbingly perfect kiss, inserting the category of "Cowboy" into my dating repertoire forever . . .

I don't know how long we stood there in the first embrace of our lives together. But I do know that when that kiss was over, my life as I'd always imagined it was over, too.

I just didn't know it yet.

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