Not Your Mother's Cast Iron Cookbook Review

Not Your Mother's Cast Iron Cookbook Review

Title: Not Your Mother's Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook:More Than 150 Recipes for One-Pan Meals for Any Time of the Day
Author: Lucy Vaserfirer
Published: November 6, 2018, Harvard Common Press
No. of Pages: 272
Cover Price: $24.99 Paperback, $14.74 Kindle

Think cast iron skillets are dated and out-of-style? Think again. This heavy cookware is enjoying a surge of popularity and there are dozens of reasons. You can learn everything you need to know about cast iron cooking – history, pros and cons, care and upkeep, and most importantly, how to cook delicious dishes, in Lucy Vaserfirer’s book Not Your Mother's Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook:More Than 150 Recipes for One-Pan Meals for Any Time of the Day. Vaserfirer’s expertise shows through in this cookbook, and there are dozens of recipes that will appeal to almost everyone.

Many think of cast iron as the pans to use when cooking old southern dishes, but Vaserfirer has included dishes from all over the world. Her recipe for CI Skillet Bibimbap has already become a favorite, as well as her version of Shakshuka. We loved the Corn Fry Cakes with Jalapeño-Maple Butter as well as the Bacon-Wrapped Pork Filet and Egg Battered Pork Chops. Everyone loves Home Fries, and Vaserfirer’s version is fabulous. Always looking for good vegetable dishes, Skillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts, Shallots & Bacon is luscious.

This excellent cookbook includes several recipes for homemade seasoning salts – much better than the commercial brands - as well as sauces like Chipotle Dipping Sauce and Charred Tomato Sauce. Every one tried so far has been great.

The one drawback to this cookbook is that there aren’t very many photographs of the dishes. The included photographs are nice, but there simply aren’t pictures of every dish, which there should be.

After reading and testing the recipes in this book on my own family, I’m in love with cast iron and use it constantly. Yes, it’s heavy, but that’s one of the reasons food cooks so well in it. You wouldn’t take your expensive cookware camping, but cast iron is virtually indestructible and can be used on your stovetop as well as your campfire.

Although there are dozens of good cast iron cookbooks out there, this will most likely become the favorite. It has everything you need to know, and is highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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