COOKING & FOOD

Skillet Love: From Steak to Cake: More Than 150 Recipes in One Cast-Iron Pan

Grand Central. Oct. 2019. 304p. photos. index. ISBN 9781538763186. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781538763179. COOKING
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Byrn (American Cake) shares her appreciation and recipes for cooking with a cast iron skillet. More affordable than copper and naturally nonstick, these pans are a good option for searing, stir-frying, and dry roasting. After a short historical overview, Byrn covers skillet care and seasoning. Pommes frites, my grandmother’s spoonbread, and New England spider cake are a few of the surprising recipes presented that range from small plates through desserts. Other dishes include skillet mac and cheese, New Orleans beignets and croque monsieur. For a main course, there’s seared rib eye steak with red wine pan sauce and old-fashioned shepherd’s pie. The "Sweets" chapter features Mississippi mud cake with chocolate fudge icing, classic cherry clafoutis, and little fried hand pies. Color photos enhance the appealing fare. The "Pantry" section offers storable ideas such as homemade croutons and bourbon peach preserves.
VERDICT This is a strong addition to the cookbook section at any public library. Byrn makes a solid case for the multipurpose appliance along with many mouthwatering recipes.

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