Cast Iron is my absolute favorite cookware to use. My grandma used to use cast iron. My parents used it. When my husband and I were dating, his pride and joy was a cast iron Dutch Oven….and his parents used a cast iron frying pan. Traditionally, if you want top of the line home cooking, cast iron cookware will be in there somewhere!
If you want top of the line home cooking it will almost certainly include cast iron cookware!
This book is wonderful for several reasons. The first is that it explains the ins and outs of using cast iron cookware and what brands are the good ones to get. Two things that Kramis & Hearne recommend are getting Lodge cast iron that is made in the United States and Le Creuset’s enamel – coated cast iron cookware.
Why cast iron you ask? You might think, cast iron is heavier and if you don’t take care of it correctly, it becomes nasty. Kramis and Hearne explain that cast iron produces a dry, even heat that is ideal for baking as well as frying. Baked goods come out moist on the inside and crisp on the outside. Vegetables roast and caramelize perfectly. Meat done in these utensils is absolutely delicious.
Kramis and Hearne provide excellent instructions for the simple, easy care of cast iron cookware as well as a plethora of excellent recipes. The instructions for the recipes are easy to follow and the recipes are amazing! Here are a few things from their breakfast and brunch section; Pecan Sticky Buns, Brown Sugar Coffee Cake, Beef Brisket Hash with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Dungeness Crab and Tillamook cheddar Soufflé, Overnight French Toast, Swedish Pancakes, Tortilla Española, and the list goes on.
They have a fantastic section on using a Dutch Ovens, recipes that work well in Dutch Ovens and outdoor cookery with cast iron. This book is an excellent primer on using cast iron cookware and makes anybody feel like a magnificent cook!