Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies

Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies

by Tracy Barr
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Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies by Tracy Barr

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764537141
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/07/2003
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 300,717
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tracy Barr is the coauthor of Adoption For Dummies and Latin For Dummies. Lodge Manufacturing is America’s oldest family-owned cookware manufacturer and the sole domestic cast-iron cookware foundry.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Seeing that I was born in the 80's, I was not fortunate enough to grow up with meals cooked with cast iron. I knew nothing other than the not so sturdy and poisonous Teflon. Boo! I just bought my first cast iron skillet about a month ago, and was totally clueless as to what to do with it. I got different advice from different people, and I didn't know who's advice to follow. I just received this book 3 days ago, and it has been super helpful to me. The first part of the book gives some background information about cast iron, gives pointers on how to find good quality cast iron, tells how to season a skillet, and then how to care for your skillet so that you build upon your seasoning. Then the rest of the book has lots of recipes, including desserts. There's even a chapter on outdoor cooking for those who like to cook on either an outdoor grill or on a camp fire. Along with the recipes, the book includes helpful cooking tips. If you're an experienced cast iron cook, then you may find the first part of the book a bit tedious. Most of the book, though, is of recipes. So if you're interested in having some more recipes, then the book can still be helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book will give you all the information you will need to know about maintaing old and new cast-iron cookware.also a lot of useful recipes to use in skllets and dutch ovens.perfect for a dummie like me.
BaileyOH More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!!! It is perfect for any cast iron owner...especially a new one. It has lots of easy and awesome recipes, tips and tricks for using cast iron, and has some humor too. One of my favorite recipes is the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It is so easy to make and very delicious!!! :)
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