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Along with dozens of one-pan recipes and helpful tips, this cast iron cookbook teaches you how to clean and care for your skillet. From seasoning and heating the pan to must-have companion tools, you’ll be ready to wow family and friends with 100 delicious recipes. What’s more, if you give it the proper care, your cast iron skillet will last a lifetime.


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Along with dozens of one-pan recipes and helpful tips, this cast iron cookbook teaches you how to clean and care for your skillet. From seasoning and heating the pan to must-have companion tools, you’ll be ready to wow family and friends with 100 delicious recipes. What’s more, if you give it the proper care, your cast iron skillet will last a lifetime.

30 review for Cast-Iron Cookbook for Beginners: Easy Recipes for the Greatest Skillet of All

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I do a lot of cooking and love to find new recipes. However, I do not use my cast-iron pans very often. I have certain recipes that I always cook in cast-iron, but I’d like to branch out and use them more often because the food always comes out so good in them. This is a great, well-rounded cookbook to help me in that endeavor. There are a couple of things in the beginning of the book that are different from what I have been told about cast iron in the past. For example, the author suggests that I do a lot of cooking and love to find new recipes. However, I do not use my cast-iron pans very often. I have certain recipes that I always cook in cast-iron, but I’d like to branch out and use them more often because the food always comes out so good in them. This is a great, well-rounded cookbook to help me in that endeavor. There are a couple of things in the beginning of the book that are different from what I have been told about cast iron in the past. For example, the author suggests that when re-seasoning the pan you clean it with course sea salt then clean it out with a mild detergent. I have been told that using detergent will ruin the pan, so have never done it. I also don’t re-season, so maybe that’s really where the difference comes in. Another difference is that her seasoning sounds significantly thicker than mine. I guess I feel like the pan is dirty if there’s a thicker layer of grime on it. I’ll be sure to re-read this section in the future when I’m using my pans more often. My Kindle version is very convenient, as each recipe is listed in the front of the book with a link, so all you need to do is click on the recipe you want and it brings you right to it. I like that at the beginning of each recipe there are categories that the recipe falls into, such as vegan/vegetarian, quick & easy, or one-skillet meal. The timing is broken down into 3 categories: prep, inactive, & cooking. The commentary before each recipe is interesting and personal. Each recipe includes various little helpful tips. Chapters: 1. Getting to Know your Cast-Iron Skillet 2. Breakfast and Brunch 3. Breads 4. Skillet Sides 5. Vegetarian Meals 6. Seafood and Poultry 7. Meat 8. Dessert There are convenient Measurement Conversions and Resources included in the back of the book. The recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients that can easily be found in my local grocery store. There are so many recipes that I want to try. I had tell myself to stop adding bookmarks. The ones I think I’d like to try first are: Cherry tomato and basil quiche Upside-down apple cake Pull-apart garlic knots Crispy sweet potatoes Macaroni and cheese Chicken piccata Sesame chicken The one thing I think is missing from this cookbook is pictures. There is a picture before each chapter, but I prefer pictures of each recipe and this book didn’t have that. This could be due to having the Kindle version, but it would be nice to see more of the recipes. Overall, a great cookbook for anyone interested in cooking with cast-iron. 4.5★ Thank you to NetGalley and Callisto Media for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Mixon

    I received this ebook in exchange for an honest and fair review. I really enjoyed this book. The recipes were well written and easy to follow. The illustrations were wonderful. I will definitely use this cookbook for my family. This cookbook made caring for cast iron not as intimidating. I remember eating corn bread made in a cast iron skillet and thinking it should never be made in a different pan ever again. So many of the recipes reminded me of eating as a child at our farm. Cast iron is a gre I received this ebook in exchange for an honest and fair review. I really enjoyed this book. The recipes were well written and easy to follow. The illustrations were wonderful. I will definitely use this cookbook for my family. This cookbook made caring for cast iron not as intimidating. I remember eating corn bread made in a cast iron skillet and thinking it should never be made in a different pan ever again. So many of the recipes reminded me of eating as a child at our farm. Cast iron is a great choice for cookware that is long lasting and when seasoned correctly very easy to cook with.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Cast Iron Cookbook for Beginners earns 5/5 Skillet Treats...Excellent Resource! I am a Teflon-style kind of chef with its non-stick, man-made surface and easy dishwasher clean-up, but upon hearing this, a co-worker gave me a twenty-minute informative lecture on the joys of her cast iron cookware, so it seems like this “beginner” needs some tutoring and Cast Iron Cookbook for Beginners by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr may be the perfect resource. Chapter 1, ‘Getting to Know Your Cast-Iron Skillet,” is inva Cast Iron Cookbook for Beginners earns 5/5 Skillet Treats...Excellent Resource! I am a Teflon-style kind of chef with its non-stick, man-made surface and easy dishwasher clean-up, but upon hearing this, a co-worker gave me a twenty-minute informative lecture on the joys of her cast iron cookware, so it seems like this “beginner” needs some tutoring and Cast Iron Cookbook for Beginners by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr may be the perfect resource. Chapter 1, ‘Getting to Know Your Cast-Iron Skillet,” is invaluable for any novice, but a pro would also find it interesting: an overview of cast iron’s benefits, explanation of and instructions for seasoning, some fascinating insights, tips, and additional useful tools to get the best out of your skillet. I’m ready to try it out, and what luck...I found in the back of a cupboard a 12” cast-iron skillet I forgot I had and set about “seasoning” it. The process did require more time to clean and season properly before being able to use it (an issue I remember having when first I received the skillet), but instructions were easy-to-follow. Ok, are we ready, yet? The 100 recipes are varied offering meals for every occasion from a full meal to sides, meats from land to the sea, veggies, and sweet to savory breads and desserts...all using the trusty cast-iron skillet. Each recipe is complete with an introduction providing some insights or a cultural view along with serving size and prep/inactive/cooking times, complete ingredient list, easy-to-understand directions (use of an oven is sometimes required; no need for cast-iron there), and Tips for a substitution, an ingredient, menu-planning, or cleaning-up. I wasn’t completely confident in my “seasoning” success, but I had to dive in at some point. I choose a family favorite: Shepherd’s Pie (One Skillet Meal). There were no out-of-the-ordinary ingredients, the directions were easy, oven required, and a Substitution Tip explains Shepherd’s Pie vs Cottage Pie. It was delicious and leftovers available. Dessert? Yes, please, but with only one skillet in the house, it’ll have to be a separate effort...or I may have to purchase a second skillet! I received the eBook version and appreciate the links to easily navigate the cookbook through the Table of Contents or the list for each section, but there’s only one photo used to illustrate each section. I would have appreciated a photo for each recipe to give me the idea of what it should look like, and maybe a photo to illustrate the cleaning and seasoning process. There are Measurement Conversions charts with U.S standard measurements to metric in volume, oven temperatures, and weight, and some extra resources to explore. But, discount the absence of more visuals, this is definitely a full-service cookbook for more than just a “beginner.” Disclosure: I received an ARC from Callisto Media/Rockridge Press thru NetGalley. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Cast-Iron Cookbook for Beginners is a tutorial and resource guide plus recipe collection by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr. Due out 14th July 2020 from Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 251 pages (for the ebook copy) and available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook is available now). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with i Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Cast-Iron Cookbook for Beginners is a tutorial and resource guide plus recipe collection by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr. Due out 14th July 2020 from Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 251 pages (for the ebook copy) and available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook is available now). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free. The book begins with an introduction and short history of cast iron cookware (and the mighty skillet), and iron's suitability as a material with regard to durability. There's a tutorial for choosing and what styles and weights are commonly available. There's a good tutorial on conditioning and caring for the cookware followed by a really sensible guide to cast-iron dos and don'ts. The recipes are arranged by category: Breakfast & Brunch, Breads, Skillet Sides, Vegetarian Mains, Seafood & Poultry, Meat, and Desserts. I really appreciated the inclusion of plant based dishes. These are -hearty- mains that even my meat loving family really devoured (without complaining). The recipes are given with English (American) measurements. There is a very minimal conversion table included at the back of the book with metric equivalents which is nice, but readers would be as well off with google conversion. It's a nice gesture, though. The ingredients are listed in sidebar format along with special info in the headers like: vegetarian, quick & easy, one skillet meal etc. There are a lot of different cuisines represented here, most with a southern USA twist. There are very few (none, really) which require difficult to source ingredients. We're definitely going to try more of these recipes. Well written book, tasty recipes. I've dinged half a star for the near-total lack of photographs. For cooks who -need- photographs for serving ideas, this will be a disappointment. Four and a half stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dee Dee

    So first, a thank you to NetGalley for sending me this book in an exchange for a review. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic really started up, I've taken up cooking, specifically dishes I don't typically make. I always loved the idea of using a cast iron because something about the weightiness and overall look of it screams "I got this," and that's the kind of cool I aspire to be. One who can use and handle every tool/utensil to make incredible meals. Unfortunately cast irons always felt a little So first, a thank you to NetGalley for sending me this book in an exchange for a review. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic really started up, I've taken up cooking, specifically dishes I don't typically make. I always loved the idea of using a cast iron because something about the weightiness and overall look of it screams "I got this," and that's the kind of cool I aspire to be. One who can use and handle every tool/utensil to make incredible meals. Unfortunately cast irons always felt a little intimidating so I rarely reached for it when cooking. This books makes it a little less intimidating. With easy to follow recipes, you can make your own vegetarian one skillet meal like I did. And yes it was delicious. You'll also learn about the history of the skillet and how to take care of it. I love this section because not only is it helpful but the passion Elena has for a cast iron skillet is infectious. I doesn't immediately inject the same level of passion within me, but it does make me want to have it, and that's all I need to continue to use this cookbook.

  6. 4 out of 5

    patrick Lorelli

    This book Cast-Iron cookbook for beginners really for the first part I was able to skip over most of it. I am one of those people that grew up using cast iron skillets and really was looking for any different types of recipes. The first part speaks of the types and of care of the skillets which are important. Most of the recipes seemed easy and some were ones that I would not have thought to have cooked in any of my skillets. I noticed in one of the reviews that someone mentioned that don’t cook This book Cast-Iron cookbook for beginners really for the first part I was able to skip over most of it. I am one of those people that grew up using cast iron skillets and really was looking for any different types of recipes. The first part speaks of the types and of care of the skillets which are important. Most of the recipes seemed easy and some were ones that I would not have thought to have cooked in any of my skillets. I noticed in one of the reviews that someone mentioned that don’t cook eggs, but I do cook eggs, I have four different sizes and one is just for eggs nothing else and if done right you will have no problem with the skillet. One thing I also like to cook in my skillets is smores for my granddaughter and daughter they love it and comes out with a little crunch as well. Overall a good starter book for anyone getting into cast iron cooking. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    Most people have a cast iron awareness, not only does it add iron to your meal but one pan can last generations when used properly. This author gives us some tips and tricks for beginner usage of a cast iron skillet and it’s versatile cooking methods. What did I like? Only thing I have ever made in my cast iron pan is cornbread. It comes out perfect every time, so it’s no surprise that other recipes can be made in a cast iron pan. I loved the seasoning instruction and bookmarked some delicious s Most people have a cast iron awareness, not only does it add iron to your meal but one pan can last generations when used properly. This author gives us some tips and tricks for beginner usage of a cast iron skillet and it’s versatile cooking methods. What did I like? Only thing I have ever made in my cast iron pan is cornbread. It comes out perfect every time, so it’s no surprise that other recipes can be made in a cast iron pan. I loved the seasoning instruction and bookmarked some delicious sounding recipes. Would I buy or recommend? Sadly this book comes with no pictures. But it’s free on Kindle Unlimited if you have it. Just getting it off KU seems a plus so it’s really a no brainer to download it and go through it. I received a complimentary copy but I also downloaded and read off KU since my copy expired before I could read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    I got this cookbook because I own a cast-iron but I don’t know how to take care of it. I have been doing it all wrong apparently so it's a good thing I got this book. The book starts by giving you information about cast iron pans and how to clean, care for, and season them. While I haven’t made any of the recipes yet, there was a nice variety. I really liked that the recipes were labeled if they were vegetarian or vegan. Also there was a whole section of vegetarian meals which I find a lot of co I got this cookbook because I own a cast-iron but I don’t know how to take care of it. I have been doing it all wrong apparently so it's a good thing I got this book. The book starts by giving you information about cast iron pans and how to clean, care for, and season them. While I haven’t made any of the recipes yet, there was a nice variety. I really liked that the recipes were labeled if they were vegetarian or vegan. Also there was a whole section of vegetarian meals which I find a lot of cookbooks don’t have vegetarian sections. FYI I am not a vegetarian but I like a lot of vegetarian meals. Overall, this was a nice and informative cookbook. It will be great for anyone new to using a cast-iron skillet. *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Callisto Media/Rockridge Press was kind enough to send me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Callisto Media/Rockridge Press was kind enough to send me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The mightiest skillet of them all—an introduction to the ease and versatility of cast iron cooking The heavy-duty cast-iron skillet is the toughest, most versatile pan in your kitchen. Its range is virtually unlimited—from a perfectly fried egg to a crisp-bottom apple pie. The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook for Beginners is your all-in-one cast iron cookbook to help you get the most out of one of the oldest, most resilient pieces of kitchen equipment. Along with dozens of one-pan recipes and helpful tips, this cast iron cookbook teaches you how to clean and care for your skillet. From seasoning and heating the pan to must-have companion tools, you’ll be ready to wow family and friends with 100 delicious recipes. What’s more, if you give it the proper care, your cast iron skillet will last a lifetime. This go-to cast iron cookbook includes: **One pan, 100 recipes—All of the recipes in this cast iron cookbook require just one skillet and use ingredients commonly found at most grocery stores. **Go green—Cook what’s fresh and in-season with the dozens of vegetarian recipes found in this comprehensive cast iron cookbook. **Dos and don’ts—Learn all the rules for mastering your skillet, from keeping it completely oiled to never putting it in the dishwasher. If you’ve been looking for a cast iron cookbook that’s easy to follow, the Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook for Beginners gets things cooking. I love my gadgets and my cast iron skillet it the original love of my life. The recipes in here are yummy and there are lots of tips on how to keep your skillet in top-notch condition. A great book, along with a cast-iron pan, for a wedding shower: cast iron pans and their recipes can last generations: if you happen to find one at the back of a cupboard. dust it off and get cooking with this great book. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🥘🥘🥘🥘 This book is also cross reviewed at http://www.facebook.com/janetsbookcorner AND will be on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com after its release date.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Cast-Iron Cookbook for Beginners: Easy Recipes for the Greatest Skillet of All by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr is a great cookbook, full of wonderful recipes and tips on using the skillet. The drool making recipes are easy to follow, and I have already tried out a few recipes. I live alone and do not have an outdoor grill, but using a cast iron skillet is the next best thing, I'm hooked. If you enjoy a simple cooking as much as I do, than I highly recommend this wonderful book. I received a complimentar Cast-Iron Cookbook for Beginners: Easy Recipes for the Greatest Skillet of All by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr is a great cookbook, full of wonderful recipes and tips on using the skillet. The drool making recipes are easy to follow, and I have already tried out a few recipes. I live alone and do not have an outdoor grill, but using a cast iron skillet is the next best thing, I'm hooked. If you enjoy a simple cooking as much as I do, than I highly recommend this wonderful book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve been wanting a cast iron but all know to make is cornbread or steak. At first glance I headed over to the table of contents and I’m surprised & excited to see recipes such as - stuffed shells, lasagna, pizza, cake, and a stir fry. So many options and the ingredients are items already in your fridge or pantry and looks easy to follow. I wished there were photos of the meals but I’ll be be purchasing this and a skillet! Thank you to Callisto Media, Ne This couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve been wanting a cast iron but all know to make is cornbread or steak. At first glance I headed over to the table of contents and I’m surprised & excited to see recipes such as - stuffed shells, lasagna, pizza, cake, and a stir fry. So many options and the ingredients are items already in your fridge or pantry and looks easy to follow. I wished there were photos of the meals but I’ll be be purchasing this and a skillet! Thank you to Callisto Media, NetGalley, and author Elena Rosemond-Hoerr for this ebook ARC. This is my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Cordsen

    Cast Iron for beginners By: Elena Rossmond/Hoer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received this book just a few days past the publication date. I wanted to give it a real shot. We made six items over the weekend in my cast iron skillet. They were all great. Easy to follow and cleanup wasn’t to bad. This book was perfect for beginners but I can definitely build from the books suggestions. Great book and easy to follow instructions.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laney Estel

    Another Cast iron cookbook I was happy to review. I am getting obsessed with finding amazing recipes for cast iron and this one is no different. First it come with how to season the cast iron yourself (as all cookbooks should). This book also highlights recipes that are specially for a 12 inch skillet. Some recipes I am loving are some that you don't see in other cast iron cookbooks. Garlic Naan, Classic Latkes, and Bread Pudding. There are plenty of the standards too though so you won't be miss Another Cast iron cookbook I was happy to review. I am getting obsessed with finding amazing recipes for cast iron and this one is no different. First it come with how to season the cast iron yourself (as all cookbooks should). This book also highlights recipes that are specially for a 12 inch skillet. Some recipes I am loving are some that you don't see in other cast iron cookbooks. Garlic Naan, Classic Latkes, and Bread Pudding. There are plenty of the standards too though so you won't be missing those! Definitely a staple in my cookbook library.

  14. 4 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a pretty standard cast iron cook book. There's information on seasoning and caring for cast iron so anyone can use it. There's a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes. I wish there were pictures of the finished product for each recipe since that's something I like in a cook book. It's a nice introductory book for people who want to cook with cast iron. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a pretty standard cast iron cook book. There's information on seasoning and caring for cast iron so anyone can use it. There's a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes. I wish there were pictures of the finished product for each recipe since that's something I like in a cook book. It's a nice introductory book for people who want to cook with cast iron.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Herr

    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review. Great cookbook! My husband and I recently acquired a 10' cast iron skillet and we have been pretty excited to use it. This cookbook is great about breaking down care & instructions for cast iron, and the recipes are perfect (a good range of difficulty levels and flavors) and specific. I have a feeling we will be making the Monster Skillet Cookie for our first go! The only drawback is that there isn't a ton of pictu Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review. Great cookbook! My husband and I recently acquired a 10' cast iron skillet and we have been pretty excited to use it. This cookbook is great about breaking down care & instructions for cast iron, and the recipes are perfect (a good range of difficulty levels and flavors) and specific. I have a feeling we will be making the Monster Skillet Cookie for our first go! The only drawback is that there isn't a ton of pictures, it'd be nice if there had been one for each recipe. The pictures that are there are great though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I Love this cast iron cookbook. I’ve made the Mediterranean hash browns, the cinnamon rolls, fried rice and focaccia bread. All turned out really well in the cast iron. I have a 10 inch rather than a 12 inch (which is what she uses) so add a few minutes to cook time for the breads. Yum!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Helpful info for newbies like me on how to season, use, and care for cast iron, along with a ton of recipes (some that you'd expect, like southern cooking staples, and some unexpected, like Chinese dishes). Flagged quite a few to try. Helpful info for newbies like me on how to season, use, and care for cast iron, along with a ton of recipes (some that you'd expect, like southern cooking staples, and some unexpected, like Chinese dishes). Flagged quite a few to try.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Will be trying these recipes. Easy to read and start with for cast iron cooking

  19. 5 out of 5

    Poppy Marlowe

    Callisto Media/Rockridge Press was kind enough to send me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. I learned the hard way ... do not cook eggs in a cast iron pan!!! And do not soak it with water or put it in a dishwasher ... clean it with oil and salt. As for the recipes, I think that even I could cook what is in here: it is a very simple piece of kitchen equipment. I loved the recipes so I guess that it is hard time that I got cooking.

  20. 4 out of 5

    luis sinibaldi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Layla

  22. 4 out of 5

    RT

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kme_17

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cri

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol A.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan E. Revall

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Naegele

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