Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Lucy Vaserfirer

My husband LOVES cast iron skillets. If he could only cook with a cast iron skillet for the rest of his life, he would. We own all different sizes of cast irons and actually do use them all. The only thing we were missing was a cookbook to help give us more ideas on what to make with the cast iron.

A big thanks to Harvard Common Press for sending me a copy of this cookbook in exchange for my honest review. We now have an answer to our stomach’s desires!

Synopsis from Goodreads: Author Lucy Vaserfirer knows how to work magic on cast iron, and in Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook she shows you how to prepare more than 150 recipes that are definitely not the kind of fares your grandmother cooked up. You’ll get to see how to cook up vegetables (something previously thought to not be possible on cast iron); see how cast iron is the perfect vessel for cooking all types of fish and shellfish; and even how you can use your skillet for baking. Not Your Mother’s Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook is loaded with recipes that keep up with specialty diets like paleo and no-meat, and even includes unique ways to bring your cast iron directly to the table as a serving vessel. So don’t wait, just because your grandmother swore by her cast iron doesn’t mean it’s boring!

I eat gluten, soy, and dairy free because of my multiple chronic illnesses. Because of this, it is really hard to find a cookbook that can cater to all of my needs. This one does the trick! It’s not advertised as a book that is supposed to meet those needs, but it certainly does. The only thing that really bothered me was the lack of photos. I’m all about multiple photos for a recipe, but I realize that is hard to come by. This book has pages and pages of just straight recipes without pictures, more than normal. The first recipe my husband and I made was the constant flip-method steak recipe and it was DELICIOUS (with grass fed ribeye)! We’ve also done the pork chop recipe and found that it was still just as easy to make and just as delicious, In all honesty, all the recipes are short, little ingredients, and simple to make. Just what I want in a cookbook. Regardless of the lack of pictures, this will be a staple in our house now for how much we use our cast iron. By the way…using the cast iron is a great way to get iron into your diet (speaking as someone who is anemic) and it does a wonderful job at seasoning your foods without you even trying. 

3.75/5 Stars

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