Synopses & Reviews
In some cooking circles, cast iron gets a bad rep – people think it's old-fashioned, heavy, and hard to take care of. And really, how often do folks nowadays need to hitch up a mule and wagon and leave civilization and Teflon-coated sauté pans behind?
True, cast iron is old; it's been around since the Middle Ages. And it is heavy. No one can dispute that even a small, cast-iron pot has a heft to it that no other cookware has. Nevertheless, cast-iron cookware has a place in today's kitchens, and that doesn’t mean simply hanging on the wall for decoration. Cast iron has much to offer modern-day cooks; it's easy to use, easy to care for, economical, versatile, and durable, and let's face it, it has a nostalgic appeal that no other cookware has. But more compelling than all those reasons is that it's a great cookware that makes great food. In fact, most cast-iron cooks will tell you that food cooked in cast iron tastes better than food cooked in anything else!
Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies is for those cooks who may want to inject a little adventure and variety into their cooking. If you've never even thought of using cast-iron cookware, or you have a few cast-iron pots lying around, you'll discover all you need to know about making great food using cast iron. Here just a sampling of what you'll find in Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies:
- Selecting the right cast-iron cookware for you
- Seasoning a new cast-iron pan
- Caring for your cast-iron cookware
- Discovering techniques to enhance your cast-iron cooking
- Enjoying cast-iron cooking in the Great Outdoors
- Tons of delicious recipes, from main and side dishes to desserts and international dishes
- Top Ten lists on ways to make your cast-iron cookware last longer, the best dishes suited for cast iron, and tips for achieving success in cast-iron cooking
So, whether you're a cooking novice or an experienced chef, you can find plenty of enjoyment from cooking with cast iron – and Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies can show you the way.
For home cooks intimidated by cast iron cookware, this book, written with the cooperation of Lodge ManufacturingQAmerica's sole manufacturer of cast iron cookwareQreveals how simple it is to use these pans. More than 100 recipes, including blackened fish, biscuits, fried chicken, chili, and fajitas, reveal the irresistible results that can be expected from cast-iron cooking.
A fun and easy guide that demystifies cast iron cooking--complete with over 100 recipes Cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens can't be beat when it comes to dishes such as fried chicken, corn bread, fajitas, and chili. But many home cooks are intimidated by cast iron cookware, which needs to be seasoned before use and requires special cleaning. This book, written with the cooperation of Lodge Manufacturing, America's sole manufacturer of cast iron cookware, reveals how simple it really is to get started with cast iron cooking--and how the results are simply irresistible. More than 100 recipes--for blackened fish, biscuits, chowders, and much more--show how to serve up a soul-satisfying banquet of comfort foods, from Southern dishes, Cajun specialties, and Tex-Mex favorites to easy-to-prepare one-dish meals. For any home chef who wants to reconnect with the roots of American home cooking, this cookbook is a must.
A fun and easy guide that demystifies cast iron cooking complete with over 100 recipes
Cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens can t be beat when it comes to dishes such as fried chicken, corn bread, fajitas, and chili. But many home cooks are intimidated by cast iron cookware, which needs to be seasoned before use and requires special cleaning. This book, written with the cooperation of Lodge Manufacturing, America s sole manufacturer of cast iron cookware, reveals how simple it really is to get started with cast iron cooking and how the results are simply irresistible. More than 100 recipes for blackened fish, biscuits, chowders, and much more show how to serve up a soul-satisfying banquet of comfort foods, from Southern dishes, Cajun specialties, and Tex-Mex favorites to easy-to-prepare one-dish meals. For any home chef who wants to reconnect with the roots of American home cooking, this cookbook is a must. Lodge Manufacturing (South Pittsburg, TN) has been manufacturing cas iron cookware since 1896. With sales on the rise over the last five years, it plans to introduce a new line of upscale cast iron cookware in 2003. Tracy Barr (Indianapolis, IN) is an expert Dummies writer and book developer.
This cookbook discusses the particulars of cooking in and caring for cast-iron pots and skillets. It explains how to season a new piece of cast-iron cookware - an important and often intimidating process - as well as how to clean and store a pan after use.
Packed with cast-iron cooking tips, tricks, and recipes
Become a cast-iron chef in no time the fun and easy way®!
Unlock the secrets of cast-iron cooking at home or in the great outdoors with this easy-to-use cookbook and guide! Youll find everything you need to buy and use cast-iron pots and pans, plus more than 100 tempting recipes from classics like Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuits to modern dishes like Apricot-Ginger Glazed Pork Rib Roast and more.
Discover how to:
- Choose the right cast-iron cookware for you
- Season, clean, and care for cast-iron pots and pans
- Whip up tasty cast-iron main dishes, sides, and sweets
- Cook with cast iron indoors and outdoors
- Rescue and restore old or worn cast iron
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
Tracy Barr is the coauthor of Adoption For Dummies and Latin For Dummies. Lodge Manufacturing is Americas oldest family-owned cookware manufacturer and the sole domestic cast-iron cookware foundry.
Table of Contents
Part I: Coming Around to Cast-Iron Cooking.
Chapter 1: Welcome to Cast-Iron Cooking.
Chapter 2: Selecting Cast-Iron Cookware.
Chapter 3: This Little Pan of Mine, I’m Gonna Make It Shine: Seasoning Cast Iron.
Chapter 4: Caring for Cast Iron.
Chapter 5: Cast-Iron Cooking Techniques.
Part II: Main-Dish Cast-Iron Recipes.
Chapter 6: It’s Meat for Dinner Tonight.
Chapter 7: Tastes Like Chicken (and Turkey).
Chapter 8: Fish, Shellfish, and One Amphibian.
Chapter 9: One-Dish Meals.
Part III: Cast-Iron Sides and Sweet Endings.
Chapter 10: Vegetables Even Your Kids Will Love.
Chapter 11: Cornbread and Biscuits.
Chapter 12: Pancakes, Muffins, and More.
Chapter 13: Delectable Desserts.
Part IV: Cast-Iron Cooking for the Great Outdoors — and Beyond.
Chapter 14: Cooking Around the Campfire.
Chapter 15: Anyone Game?
Chapter 16: Going Global with Recipes from Around the World.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Make Your Cast Iron Last a Lifetime (or Longer).
Chapter 18: Ten Dishes Best Suited to Cast Iron.
Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Surefire Success.
Appendix: Metric Conversion Guide.