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“The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook is . . . a damn fine work that's at once a treatise, chronicle, and paean to perhaps the most versatile tool in a cook's arsenal. . . . I promise you, with this book your cast iron skillet will never again leave the top of your stove. It’s that good." —David Leite, publisher of the two-time James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria “The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook is . . . a damn fine work that's at once a treatise, chronicle, and paean to perhaps the most versatile tool in a cook's arsenal. . . . I promise you, with this book your cast iron skillet will never again leave the top of your stove. It’s that good." —David Leite, publisher of the two-time James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria (LCcooks.com) Cast iron skillets are booming in popularity: they're versatile, they're relatively inexpensive, and they don't have the toxic chemicals released by artificial nonstick pans. Though cast iron was the only pan in grandma's kitchen, these 150 recipes are fresh and updated. They range from traditional skillet favorites, like Seared Chicken Hash, Spanish Potato and Sausage Tortilla, and pan-seared steaks and chops, to surprising dishes like cornbread with an Italian spin; quesadillas filled with brie, papaya, and pineapple; and a gingerbread cake topped with fresh pears.  


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“The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook is . . . a damn fine work that's at once a treatise, chronicle, and paean to perhaps the most versatile tool in a cook's arsenal. . . . I promise you, with this book your cast iron skillet will never again leave the top of your stove. It’s that good." —David Leite, publisher of the two-time James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria “The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook is . . . a damn fine work that's at once a treatise, chronicle, and paean to perhaps the most versatile tool in a cook's arsenal. . . . I promise you, with this book your cast iron skillet will never again leave the top of your stove. It’s that good." —David Leite, publisher of the two-time James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria (LCcooks.com) Cast iron skillets are booming in popularity: they're versatile, they're relatively inexpensive, and they don't have the toxic chemicals released by artificial nonstick pans. Though cast iron was the only pan in grandma's kitchen, these 150 recipes are fresh and updated. They range from traditional skillet favorites, like Seared Chicken Hash, Spanish Potato and Sausage Tortilla, and pan-seared steaks and chops, to surprising dishes like cornbread with an Italian spin; quesadillas filled with brie, papaya, and pineapple; and a gingerbread cake topped with fresh pears.  

30 review for The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: 150 Fresh Ideas for America's Favorite Pan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.75 Could use more pictures but I'm impressed with the amount of Asian recipes and others you wouldn't expect to find in a cast iron-focused cookbook. 3.75 Could use more pictures but I'm impressed with the amount of Asian recipes and others you wouldn't expect to find in a cast iron-focused cookbook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a great cookbook. The recipes were not laid out in the best way but most of them turned out great, impressive even. Keepers: baked cauliflower with parmesan, shrimp in cream sauce, and pecan rolls. We are planning to make the coffee cake, baked pineapple in rum, and mushroom quesadillas this week. Not so much: the crab egg bake —lots of work, expensive and meh. It was also a little heavy on the meat dishes for my tastes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    First impressions: The author has serious cred: founding food editor of USA Today in 1982, author of 40 cookbooks, current writer of a food column for Providence Journal. Learned in prologue that cooking in a cast iron skillet is actually healthy for you! Little bits of iron can leach into your food, and everyone needs a little iron in their diet. Many people are anemic. And it's good for pregnant ladies. Food will stay warmer (and safer) longer when served in a cast iron skillet. Learned in the int First impressions: The author has serious cred: founding food editor of USA Today in 1982, author of 40 cookbooks, current writer of a food column for Providence Journal. Learned in prologue that cooking in a cast iron skillet is actually healthy for you! Little bits of iron can leach into your food, and everyone needs a little iron in their diet. Many people are anemic. And it's good for pregnant ladies. Food will stay warmer (and safer) longer when served in a cast iron skillet. Learned in the introduction details on how to season a skillet for the first time, how to maintain the seasoning, and how to strip worn-down seasoning to start fresh. About 4 pages on how to cook the perfect steak in a cast iron skillet. Not every recipe pictured. Bummer. Clear instructions, not a lot of out-of-the-ordinary ingredients, margin notes on helpful tips and tricks for the various recipes, including how to store leftovers. Chicken With Garlic and Lemon: 2 thumbs up! Yum! Southern Cornbread: Delicious, of course, but too unhealthy to make regularly. (Contains all-purpose flour, sugar, AND can creamed corn.) Oven-Roasted Ratatouille: Delicious and colorful, but it calls for a slightly larger cast-iron skillet than I own, and it doesn't half neatly. Pear and Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake: Delicious! And pretty. Took to parents-in-law's house for Sunday dinner, and they gave it two thumbs up. Peach and Blueberry Crumble: Another delicious dessert! And not difficult. And it contains fruit, so I feel practically healthy eating it (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream). Unfortunately, it contains too many ingredients that we don't keep on hand, like brown sugar, so I might not make it again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Bewley

    When it comes to cast iron, this has to be one of my new favorite cookbooks when it comes to cooking from scratch. There are very few shortcuts in this book though, meaning that these recipes are elaborate and time-consuming. If you are looking for quick meals know this is NOT the cookbook for you. That being said, as someone who cooks almost everything from scratch and tries making things as natural as possible, I found this cookbook to be absolutely amazing. The book itself is laid out beautif When it comes to cast iron, this has to be one of my new favorite cookbooks when it comes to cooking from scratch. There are very few shortcuts in this book though, meaning that these recipes are elaborate and time-consuming. If you are looking for quick meals know this is NOT the cookbook for you. That being said, as someone who cooks almost everything from scratch and tries making things as natural as possible, I found this cookbook to be absolutely amazing. The book itself is laid out beautifully and has so many gorgeous pictures. As well, every recipe I have tried out has been super tasty, making this cookbook a must to anyone who loves cooking with cast iron!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cris

    Well-presented with a diverse offering of recipes, including many that I haven't seen in other skillet cookbooks. But most of the recipes are too elaborate and time-consuming for me. Well-presented with a diverse offering of recipes, including many that I haven't seen in other skillet cookbooks. But most of the recipes are too elaborate and time-consuming for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Looking forward to trying some new recipes. I also think their seasoning recipe will be worth trying!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dray

    This book is an excellent intro to cast iron. It covers a wide range of applications and uses. i found many of the recipes well within reach, in fact i found i wanted a little more creativity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Kannon

    Yum!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deodand

    I like this the best out of the various cast iron recipe books I've read. All I have is a skillet and a small Dutch oven so far. This book also contains lots of good advice about how to clean and maintain cast iron. I like this the best out of the various cast iron recipe books I've read. All I have is a skillet and a small Dutch oven so far. This book also contains lots of good advice about how to clean and maintain cast iron.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was lucky enough to inherit a few pieces of cast iron cookware and this book has inspired me to pull them out and get them seasoned and ready to cook with. The author gives a chapter at the beginning of the book about the benefits of cooking with cast iron and how to season and care for cast iron cookware. Then it's broken down like a traditional cookbook with breakfast, sides, main dishes, breads, and desserts. There were lots of great recipes I'd like to try. This one will make you want to a I was lucky enough to inherit a few pieces of cast iron cookware and this book has inspired me to pull them out and get them seasoned and ready to cook with. The author gives a chapter at the beginning of the book about the benefits of cooking with cast iron and how to season and care for cast iron cookware. Then it's broken down like a traditional cookbook with breakfast, sides, main dishes, breads, and desserts. There were lots of great recipes I'd like to try. This one will make you want to ask your grandmother if she has any old cast iron pots around you could "borrow" for awhile.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Love & Flour

    I was impressed by the originality and creativity of these recipes. When I think of cooking with my cast iron skillet, I consider a potato gratin, pie, and maybe a Dutch baby here and there. Now I have recipes for everything from quesadillas to pasta carbonara to a variety of breads. This would be a great gift to give in tandem with a cast iron skillet.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Fantastic! I'll be buying this one; there are so many different recipes I want to try. Ever since we bought our cast iron skillets, we've been using them literally every single night; it's great to have even more of a reminder of their versatility. Fantastic! I'll be buying this one; there are so many different recipes I want to try. Ever since we bought our cast iron skillets, we've been using them literally every single night; it's great to have even more of a reminder of their versatility.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    The only way this book could be better is if it had pictures for every recipe. I loved the selection of main dishes, so many meats!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Wish there were more photos. Especially of the pommes anna, chicken potpie with cheddar biscuit topping and the frittata lyonnaise. Yum.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krisi

    Good info!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pete Apple

    Excellence in writing and content.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Another selection that would provide ample recipes for a new cook. Easy to prepare with common pantry ingredients. A cast iron skillet is a MUST in any kitchen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim Whitley-Gaynor

    If you own cast iron cookware, I recommend this book. You can see my review here: http://livingvintageco.com/2015/02/on.... If you own cast iron cookware, I recommend this book. You can see my review here: http://livingvintageco.com/2015/02/on....

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deana Miller

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nima Davari

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  23. 4 out of 5

    Horace Goodson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anita Elder

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Biswanger

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Mayer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina Carlisle

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jori

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

  30. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Waldref

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