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Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own unique way--including how she cooks, lives, and finds happiness at home. In her first lifestyle and cookbook, Drew shares recipes, stories from her life, and personal photos that show how she lives a healthy, delicious, and joyful life through her own rebellious brand of homemaking. In her first lifestyle book, Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own unique way--including how she cooks, lives, and finds happiness at home. In her first lifestyle and cookbook, Drew shares recipes, stories from her life, and personal photos that show how she lives a healthy, delicious, and joyful life through her own rebellious brand of homemaking. In her first lifestyle book, Drew Barrymore will take you inside her kitchen and her life, sharing thirty-six amazing recipes, from Soft-Scrambled Yuzu Kosho Eggs to Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese to Harissa Spaghetti, which she developed along with chef Pilar Valdes, a personal friend and a regular guest on Drew's CBS talk show. The book will also feature beautiful photos, many taken by Drew herself, as well as personal essays and stories about how Drew found her way in the kitchen, learned to cook, planted a garden and raised her first chickens. And, of course, how she learned to slow down, turn to nature as a teacher, always remembering to be humble and present while celebrating the joys of her family and friends around the table, both during special occasions as well as amidst the beautiful chaos of everyday life!


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Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own unique way--including how she cooks, lives, and finds happiness at home. In her first lifestyle and cookbook, Drew shares recipes, stories from her life, and personal photos that show how she lives a healthy, delicious, and joyful life through her own rebellious brand of homemaking. In her first lifestyle book, Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own unique way--including how she cooks, lives, and finds happiness at home. In her first lifestyle and cookbook, Drew shares recipes, stories from her life, and personal photos that show how she lives a healthy, delicious, and joyful life through her own rebellious brand of homemaking. In her first lifestyle book, Drew Barrymore will take you inside her kitchen and her life, sharing thirty-six amazing recipes, from Soft-Scrambled Yuzu Kosho Eggs to Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese to Harissa Spaghetti, which she developed along with chef Pilar Valdes, a personal friend and a regular guest on Drew's CBS talk show. The book will also feature beautiful photos, many taken by Drew herself, as well as personal essays and stories about how Drew found her way in the kitchen, learned to cook, planted a garden and raised her first chickens. And, of course, how she learned to slow down, turn to nature as a teacher, always remembering to be humble and present while celebrating the joys of her family and friends around the table, both during special occasions as well as amidst the beautiful chaos of everyday life!

30 review for Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candie

    I love Drew, so I couldn't help but read this book but there really wasn't much to it. There is very little lifestyle content in the book, it is just a cookbook with a lot of pictures. That said, I haven't tried any of the recipes in the book yet but they do look very delicious and different but still approachable; I definitely plan on trying a few. Also, I really enjoyed how real the pictures were, they were very down to earth and not all staged and prefect. I love Drew, so I couldn't help but read this book but there really wasn't much to it. There is very little lifestyle content in the book, it is just a cookbook with a lot of pictures. That said, I haven't tried any of the recipes in the book yet but they do look very delicious and different but still approachable; I definitely plan on trying a few. Also, I really enjoyed how real the pictures were, they were very down to earth and not all staged and prefect.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Too many pictures of Drew, not enough recipes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosy M.

    I thought her writing about life and cooking during the pandemic was very interesting and insightful. I enjoyed the pictures of her and the food. However, I’m only giving three stars because much of the recipes require ingredients that would be hard for me to obtain, and honestly doesn’t seem like food I would enjoy. I’m glad I checked it out from the library rather than bought it. While I enjoyed it, this one won’t join my cookbook shelf.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Good recipes, but Drew is just using a woman of color who she is literally paying to cook for her, to make herself seem more down to earth and "rebellious" so she can get people to buy her ugly kitchen appliance line which is smack dab in the middle of the book. This is basically an entire book to advertise her kitchen line and her new show. Her "cooking partner" is her hired personal chef and every "interview" is just her saying nice things about Drew! GOOP but trying hard to be cool. Pilar is Good recipes, but Drew is just using a woman of color who she is literally paying to cook for her, to make herself seem more down to earth and "rebellious" so she can get people to buy her ugly kitchen appliance line which is smack dab in the middle of the book. This is basically an entire book to advertise her kitchen line and her new show. Her "cooking partner" is her hired personal chef and every "interview" is just her saying nice things about Drew! GOOP but trying hard to be cool. Pilar is the star here. I hope she got paid at the very least the same as Drew for carrying this entire book on her excellent-chef back.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I didn't have any expectations with this cookbook, but based on the title and that it was Drew Barrymore I wanted to check it out. But, I felt like it was a lot of nothing and not very many recipes either. And it felt like the majority of the recipes were seafood, which I am allergic to and can't eat. I liked the idea of the book and that Barrymore was inspired to have a garden and grow and cook more homemade food, but the reality just fell flat for me. If this wasn't Drew Barrymore I don't thin I didn't have any expectations with this cookbook, but based on the title and that it was Drew Barrymore I wanted to check it out. But, I felt like it was a lot of nothing and not very many recipes either. And it felt like the majority of the recipes were seafood, which I am allergic to and can't eat. I liked the idea of the book and that Barrymore was inspired to have a garden and grow and cook more homemade food, but the reality just fell flat for me. If this wasn't Drew Barrymore I don't think it would have even been published.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reannon Bowen

    3.5 ⭐️ the best thing about this book isn’t the recipes, they are ok, but Drew. The book is full of her essays & photos. Her words are warm, open & easy to read, if a little repetitive at times. Unlike many celebrity cooks she doesn’t shy away from what she doesn’t know & always gives credit to Pilar, the cook she worked with. Easy & enjoyable is how I’d sun up Rebel Homemaker.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Bronson

    I thought this was such a great cookbook. I have always been a huge fan of Drew Barrymore and it was so much fun reading about her joys with cooking and growing her own garden. I also love how each recipe has a personal story about why it is in the cookbook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bonni Monthe

    I really enjoyed this book as a fan of DB. Reading through the recipes, they look delicious! A self-reflecting journey through the pandemic; I found this inspirational. Nature, food, gardening and mindfulness all played a part.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    This reads more like a diary than a cookbook.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Piscesbambina

    This is such a fun, sweet cookbook. It captures Drew Barrymore's energy and vibe, and the photos are lovely. I've already dog-eared some recipes to try. A cool addition to any cookbook collection. This is such a fun, sweet cookbook. It captures Drew Barrymore's energy and vibe, and the photos are lovely. I've already dog-eared some recipes to try. A cool addition to any cookbook collection.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I love Drew and I'll read any book of hers. I went into this expecting a cookbook, but instead got part cookbook, part pandemic journal, part photo dump. This wasn't a bad thing. While I have yet to make any of the recipes (& many included meat so I skipped over a good amount, though several featured sauces that sounded amazing), I did take photos of a bunch for future reference!! I love Drew and I'll read any book of hers. I went into this expecting a cookbook, but instead got part cookbook, part pandemic journal, part photo dump. This wasn't a bad thing. While I have yet to make any of the recipes (& many included meat so I skipped over a good amount, though several featured sauces that sounded amazing), I did take photos of a bunch for future reference!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Chase

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you, Drew Barrymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    A cookbook collector who owns several hundred of them, Drew Barrymore wanted her debut cookbook to be "very personal and eclectic and messy and real." REBEL HOMEMAKER is all of those things, but it's also beautifully designed (filled with personal photographs) and enriched with charming, heartfelt and funny personal essays sprinkled between the recipes. The book's recipes and essays are arranged by meal, beginning with breakfast and ending with dinner, sides and salads. Most recipes include instr A cookbook collector who owns several hundred of them, Drew Barrymore wanted her debut cookbook to be "very personal and eclectic and messy and real." REBEL HOMEMAKER is all of those things, but it's also beautifully designed (filled with personal photographs) and enriched with charming, heartfelt and funny personal essays sprinkled between the recipes. The book's recipes and essays are arranged by meal, beginning with breakfast and ending with dinner, sides and salads. Most recipes include instructions for preparing food in advance (including poached eggs!) with advice on how to preserve them and reheat them properly. Vegetarian, soup and fish dishes are prominent, with standouts including blackened tuna in lettuce cups; Coconut Fish Kilawin (using snapper or blackfish); Stovetop Scampi; squash gratin with cashew cream; and the sweet and salty Korean stir-fried noodle dish Japchae. But meat-lovers will enjoy her Vietnamese lemongrass beef skewers, pepper steak and shredded beef--"It's better the next day," she promises. Some of her simplest recipes look the most delicious--including a brie and apple grilled cheese sandwich and a watermelon with pistachio dukkah dish. Barrymore's lyrical and relaxed essays range from the joys and struggles of cooking for and with her two daughters during the pandemic shutdown, advice on table seating ("Don't space people out too much, because you immediately lose more people to talk to"), and creating her line of Beautiful cookware, which replaces knobs and dials with touchscreens. Rebel Homemaker is as charming as its author. Drew Barrymore mixes charming and funny essays with quick and easy recipes to create one of the tastiest cookbooks of the year.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Who is shocked by my 5-Star rating? Absolutely no one is my guess. Pre-ordered a signed edition of this beaut. Knew I’d love it considering it’s by one of my favorite celeb’s, the adorable Drew Barrymore, but it ended up being an even more gorgeous lifestyle cookbook than expected! With thirty-six official recipes there are fifteen I look forward to eating: The Roasted Poblano-Tomatillo Soup, the Chickpea Carbonara with Shiitake Bacon and Crispy Leeks, & the Harissa Spaghetti are just a few! The Who is shocked by my 5-Star rating? Absolutely no one is my guess. Pre-ordered a signed edition of this beaut. Knew I’d love it considering it’s by one of my favorite celeb’s, the adorable Drew Barrymore, but it ended up being an even more gorgeous lifestyle cookbook than expected! With thirty-six official recipes there are fifteen I look forward to eating: The Roasted Poblano-Tomatillo Soup, the Chickpea Carbonara with Shiitake Bacon and Crispy Leeks, & the Harissa Spaghetti are just a few! There are 2 additional spice mixes I intend on trying soon, and she suggested trying them on popcorn so of course I’m in! There are many many photos throughout the book and a few with additional recipes, the 2 I snagged are the Salted Peanut Butter Cookies, and the other is Grilled ( & seasoned! ) Pineapple. Yum! Appreciated the couple of cookbook recommendations Drew mentions, personally owns and loves as well. Her personal essays & stories seemed raw, overall warm, and relatable. Suggest this beautiful book to all my fellow Drew fans out there, anyone interested in food-memoirs, and all looking for a new, flavor-packed & health-conscientious cookbook.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is part cookbook, part pandemic memoir. The memoir part worked for me - I really enjoyed the photos (it's a good mix of professional and non), and I've always found Barrymore to be relatable and easy to like. The downside is, she's not much of a cook and leans heavily on what I think is her personal chef. I'm glad she had company on this journey, but I'm not sure the cookbook part here was necessary. She gets a little out there, and other than the roast chicken and fish for one (too many alm This is part cookbook, part pandemic memoir. The memoir part worked for me - I really enjoyed the photos (it's a good mix of professional and non), and I've always found Barrymore to be relatable and easy to like. The downside is, she's not much of a cook and leans heavily on what I think is her personal chef. I'm glad she had company on this journey, but I'm not sure the cookbook part here was necessary. She gets a little out there, and other than the roast chicken and fish for one (too many almonds for me) these aren't really weeknight recipes. The cucumber salad and scampi are solid, and I think the others may be good too - just not to my taste, or too much work to put into my repertoir. There is a photospread and essay about her kitchenware line that was unnecessary, and in general she talks about her brands a lot. It's definitely commercial for what it is. If you're a fan of Drew, this is worth checking out. But if you don't like her or want a glimpse into her life, you can probably save your time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Perfect! In this lifestyle book Drew mixes silly home photography with sophisticated recipes. Heartwarming stories and silly tidbits mix flawlessly with more serious sentiments. I love her life philosophy; some of her stories actually made me tear up a little , particularly the ones about raising children and struggling to find balance. I love that she admits her kitchen is sometimes a mess and her kids eat in front of the TV. Drew is such a real person and I really wish she was my neighbor beca Perfect! In this lifestyle book Drew mixes silly home photography with sophisticated recipes. Heartwarming stories and silly tidbits mix flawlessly with more serious sentiments. I love her life philosophy; some of her stories actually made me tear up a little , particularly the ones about raising children and struggling to find balance. I love that she admits her kitchen is sometimes a mess and her kids eat in front of the TV. Drew is such a real person and I really wish she was my neighbor because her recipes look incredible. I got this book from the library but I will be purchasing this one! Edit: After reading the recipes more thoroughly I have to add that many of the recipes in this book will actually set your wallet back a bit and call for somewhat exotic ingredients (at least to me saffron and shiitake mushrooms are exotic). I'm not changing my rating because the recipes look delicious, but I realize most of these recipes are out of my budget.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Picked this up today as I like drew and have read one of her other books and thought it would be a good read, i have enjoyed flipping through and reading the main parts and checking out the recipes. Also the photos are a nice mix of ones she took herself and professional photos. As others have said feels like it's missing something. Maybe not enough recipes? It's mainly lunch and dinner options with some breakfast options and salads. Bit of a pity there's no drinks/desserts. The cookbook does do a Picked this up today as I like drew and have read one of her other books and thought it would be a good read, i have enjoyed flipping through and reading the main parts and checking out the recipes. Also the photos are a nice mix of ones she took herself and professional photos. As others have said feels like it's missing something. Maybe not enough recipes? It's mainly lunch and dinner options with some breakfast options and salads. Bit of a pity there's no drinks/desserts. The cookbook does do a good job or trying to cater to vegan/gluten free but there are not any labels to say this is gf or vegan but rather utilises vegan/ gluten free ingredients like veganaise or chickpea pasta etc so you could probably alter recipes to suit. I did notice one pasta dish that had altered recipes for vegan options. Have yet to try any recipes but have ear marked a few to try.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book for Christmas. I just love Drew Barrymore. I love reading cookbooks and imagining myself preparing the recipes with great success. Usually these scenes are purely imaginary though. Drew shares her obsession with cookbooks as well. Although I think she’s way more into them than I. This book is a combo memoir slice of life book with recipes that you know are genuinely consumed and made by Drew. The way the recipes are laid out works well for me. The process steps are logical a I received this book for Christmas. I just love Drew Barrymore. I love reading cookbooks and imagining myself preparing the recipes with great success. Usually these scenes are purely imaginary though. Drew shares her obsession with cookbooks as well. Although I think she’s way more into them than I. This book is a combo memoir slice of life book with recipes that you know are genuinely consumed and made by Drew. The way the recipes are laid out works well for me. The process steps are logical and great for someone like me. This book inspired me to poach my first egg! I made the Sweet Potato Florentine minus the Florentine due to meager supplies and I loved it! I plan to make her Breakfast Tacos next! An enjoyable read and full of recipes that sound amazing!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kiran

    Glad I checked this one out from the library before purchasing a copy. I really do like Drew B. but this isn't a "cookbook" per se but 50% memoir/food diary, 30% product placement/marketing for her appliance brand and only 20% recipes. And I'm personally not interested in marketing for cookware and appliances. I also thought her personal chef, Pilar Valdes, who probably actually tested and wrote the recipes, should have had full co-authoring and c0-billing on the front cover. I get it that DB's Glad I checked this one out from the library before purchasing a copy. I really do like Drew B. but this isn't a "cookbook" per se but 50% memoir/food diary, 30% product placement/marketing for her appliance brand and only 20% recipes. And I'm personally not interested in marketing for cookware and appliances. I also thought her personal chef, Pilar Valdes, who probably actually tested and wrote the recipes, should have had full co-authoring and c0-billing on the front cover. I get it that DB's name is what sells the book and gets it published but someone else did the heavy lifting to create the actual recipe content. Not enough recipes and no desserts included in the line up. Wouldn't recommend this to home cooks unless they are diehard fans of DB.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    4.5 stars. I thought this was a well intentioned earnest cookbook true to Drew's persona and her passion for the planet now that she’s matured into a mom. Her appreciation of food and fresh ingredients was evident. I usually don’t enjoy the chat that introduces each recipe but I liked that these were short, and relevant. I also liked the options suggested and encouragement to use the recipes as a guide rather than follow to the letter. Of course I read the book in her voice, and I appreciated it 4.5 stars. I thought this was a well intentioned earnest cookbook true to Drew's persona and her passion for the planet now that she’s matured into a mom. Her appreciation of food and fresh ingredients was evident. I usually don’t enjoy the chat that introduces each recipe but I liked that these were short, and relevant. I also liked the options suggested and encouragement to use the recipes as a guide rather than follow to the letter. Of course I read the book in her voice, and I appreciated it when it was light and also when it was sincere, addressing the pandemic and climate change. I’m happy she is using her platform and fan base for this type of product. I recommend this cookbook.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I read this for the story content. I love cooking but the recipes in here were not for me, the normal, everyday cook. Lots of the ingredients were speciality items, she lives in NYC and they are most likely readily available for her or they were items you would use once and not really use again for along time. Beautifully put together book, photos are great, she took a lot of them herself. Lovely stories about her food adventures all over the world. If you love to read cookbooks it’s a great rea I read this for the story content. I love cooking but the recipes in here were not for me, the normal, everyday cook. Lots of the ingredients were speciality items, she lives in NYC and they are most likely readily available for her or they were items you would use once and not really use again for along time. Beautifully put together book, photos are great, she took a lot of them herself. Lovely stories about her food adventures all over the world. If you love to read cookbooks it’s a great read just not a great one for actually cooking for my lifestyle.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kellie K

    Love Drew and everything she does, but this was a little on the quieter side! I expected more, but got a lot less…. I did like the intro into it all, the touch of the pandemic and summary of how we all felt a little disoriented.. that was a nice touch and kept this rebel homemaker grounded…. Some recipe’s are very rebellious and willing to try….but overall wouldn’t really add it to the cookbook section of my shelves…

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Williams

    This hardly counts as a book read because it’s mainly a cook book. I’ve flagged a few recipes that look like they can go into rotation, but it wasn’t really in my eating preferences. Where there were reflections, I found a lack of description and repetitive memories. This is a book about experimentation, flavorful food and community and everything was described as “the best ever”. And yes, I get it that you like Kraft Mac N Cheese (we all do) and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    This is so much more than a cookbook. It is inspirational. It is a look inside the life of Drew Barrymore. It is a book of beautiful photography. It is a good combination of food. Most recipes look relatively easy to make. There are only two reasons this is a four star instead of a five star book. 1.) Several recipes include ingredients I've never heard of. That can turn people off. 2.) There are no dessert recipes. This is so much more than a cookbook. It is inspirational. It is a look inside the life of Drew Barrymore. It is a book of beautiful photography. It is a good combination of food. Most recipes look relatively easy to make. There are only two reasons this is a four star instead of a five star book. 1.) Several recipes include ingredients I've never heard of. That can turn people off. 2.) There are no dessert recipes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Some of the passages are good and some are very rambly. I enjoyed the part where she lists her 30 most memorable meals and how she came up with the name rebel homemaker and how we need to rethink what that means. "We need structure, we need social agreements, but we also need societal openheartedness and progressive ways to take care of one another." I'd be interested to try anything with the cashew cream and the soups. Some of the passages are good and some are very rambly. I enjoyed the part where she lists her 30 most memorable meals and how she came up with the name rebel homemaker and how we need to rethink what that means. "We need structure, we need social agreements, but we also need societal openheartedness and progressive ways to take care of one another." I'd be interested to try anything with the cashew cream and the soups.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terresa

    In this book you'll find plenty of food pics and plenty of Drew pics, mostly of her without makeup, making or eating food. I appreciate that she's real. And this quote, "If I can't have a sense of humor about it, I won't make it in this world." Some great recipes, the one that speaks to me most is on p. 210: Light as Air Cuke Salad. Can't wait to try it. In this book you'll find plenty of food pics and plenty of Drew pics, mostly of her without makeup, making or eating food. I appreciate that she's real. And this quote, "If I can't have a sense of humor about it, I won't make it in this world." Some great recipes, the one that speaks to me most is on p. 210: Light as Air Cuke Salad. Can't wait to try it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I always get sucked into celeb’s memoirs or nonfiction books and I can’t put them down! This was a quick one that was comforting, down to earth, earthy, warm, uplifting, and basically a love letter about food. It has a few recipes that I will try out, and it was very kitschy, while also being very current and focused on the pandemic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I like Drew Barrymore's eternal optimist spirit. It shines in this book. None of the recipes really called out to me. There are a lot of photos, and many of them are not photoshopped or phony, which I LOVE. A few weeks after reading it, nothing much stays upon my memory except for its essence of Drew and bits from her personal life. I like Drew Barrymore's eternal optimist spirit. It shines in this book. None of the recipes really called out to me. There are a lot of photos, and many of them are not photoshopped or phony, which I LOVE. A few weeks after reading it, nothing much stays upon my memory except for its essence of Drew and bits from her personal life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    I liked her writing and her talking about how she changed and grew during the pandemic. She learned a lot about food and gardening and chickens and it really shaped who she is now. I wanted more recipes I guess. She talks about some broccoli bites she made for her kids in a conversation with Pilar and I definitely want the recipe for that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Crumb

    Drew announces quite early in the book that she wanted to make a book that was messy, real and eclectic. That's the perfect way to describe it. A ton of pictures of Drew and recipes that I will never make are also included. My favorite part of Rebel Homemaker is admiring the books and bookshelves that are all around her house. So pretty! Looks like a lived in bookstore. Drew announces quite early in the book that she wanted to make a book that was messy, real and eclectic. That's the perfect way to describe it. A ton of pictures of Drew and recipes that I will never make are also included. My favorite part of Rebel Homemaker is admiring the books and bookshelves that are all around her house. So pretty! Looks like a lived in bookstore.

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