Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond answers a delicate question

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Ree Drummond, a.k.a. the Pioneer Woman, was a colorful interview. Self-effacing, funny, quick-witted and with a country twang to her voice, she comes across like she could be your bestest girlfriend. And lots of people feel the same, judging by the traffic generated by her blog, and the hot interest in her new cookbook. (It’s not due out for another month, yet it’s already at No. 1 on’s pre-order list in the Cooking, Food & Wine category.) I saved the most important question for last:

Why aren’t you fat?

Drummond laughed, and laughed, and then insisted that she is not exactly skinny. Maybe she is not skinny by that hollow, emaciated, Hollywood standard. But look at these pictures. And then look at her blog posting on making tres leches cake.


I mean, I gained tres pounds just reading that.

Drummond conceded that she has gained about 5 to 10 pounds cooking, testing and crafting recipes for the new cookbook. Her saving grace, she said, is that she has mastered the art of tasting everything -- while not inhaling everything. She joked that someone should have warned her way back when about how sedentary a job blogging can be. Then, add cooking and eating on top of that ... the pounds can really add up. Luckily, Drummond said, blogging is just one of her jobs. Her other job is a full-time calorie-blaster: She also helps run a working ranch with 4,000 head of cattle and 2,000 wild horses, home-schools four kids between the ages of 5 and 12, keeps the Marlboro Man fed and happy, and shoos away those pesky cows that love to wander up to the back door.

(As we talked this week, she was lamenting the fact that a cow at that very moment was standing in her back yard experiencing ... how do we say this ... intestinal distress.)

‘Wanna trade places?’ she quipped.

-- Rene Lynch