Fried Chicken Faceoff: Pioneer Woman vs. Thomas Keller

Fried Chicken Faceoff: Pioneer Woman vs. Thomas Keller

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Faith Durand
Apr 22, 2010

It's populist against preppy, and Lawry's versus paprika today over at Slate. They're got a matchup between Ree Drummond, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman, and Thomas Keller, chef extraordinaire, as one of Slate's food columnists cooks up two family meals: One from Drummond's new book, and one from Keller's.

It's fried chicken, salad, biscuits, and pineapple upside-down cake two times in a row. Whose recipes win out?

Well, we won't spoil the ending for you, but suffice to say that some of the stereotypes about the sorts of cooking represented by these books are borne out. The most interesting part, though, is the writer's family's reactions to both sets of recipes.

Take a look and let us know what you think! Do you own (and cook out of) either of these books?

Read it! The Pioneer Woman vs. Thomas Keller by Jennifer Reese at Slate

And here are a couple of our own reactions to recipes from both of these cooks and authors:

Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans from Pioneer Woman
Restaurant Recipe: Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Ad Hoc

(Image: Slate)

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