The cast iron skillet is the original gourmet cooking tool. Your grandmother used one, and so does Emeril. The chef's secret is that some dishes come out better using a $20 cast iron than a $200 super-stainless-copper pan. The fact is, it gets hotter and stays hotter, meat browns better, vegetables get sautéed rather than steamed, braised dishes benefit from the even heat, and dessert concoctions turn out with a yummy glaze that's to die for. The mother-daughter team behind this book, Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne, have both worked on the cutting edge of the gourmet food world. But when they get together in their home kitchens, they often recall the recipes that have been in their family for generations such as Grandma Kramis' Irish Soda Bread. Their cookbook of 95 great recipes include many classics but also reflects the international fusion that has overtaken cooking along with the desire to use the best and the freshest ingredients. The black skillet can turn out both savory (Dungeness Crab Cakes with Tarragon Aioli, Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Radicchio with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil) and sweet (Dutch Baby, Warm Pear Ginger Upside-down Cake). This warm-hearted cookbook expresses a sophisticated food sense with its blend of old and new. This is the cookware that moves effortlessly from the stovetop to the oven to the table. It even goes outdoors, as some of the recipes reveal. This collection of recipes--simple food, done well--invites all cooks to get reacquainted with the versatile cast iron skillet.
"The Seattle-area mother-daughter team of Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne are women after my own heart. ...And this month, they've come out with a second edition of their original book (that sold more than 80,000 copies), which has 95 good recipes, from savory mains to desserts to surprises such as the Pecan Sticky Buns beautifully depicted on the cover." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"In a world of copper-bottom pans and All-Clad sets that cost hundreds of dollars, the cast-iron skillet can be easy to overlook. But Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne want to remind the world this tried-and-true kitchen tool is actually 'one of the most important pans in your kitchen.' The 100 recipes in The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook (an update of the original 2004 edition) range from traditional favorites, such as zucchini-onion frittatas and seared beef tenderloin, to more surprising uses of the skillet, like pecan sticky bread and Best Baked Beans. Kramis and Hearne explore the ways in which cast iron can result in a better browning on a piece of meat, more flavor in vegetables and improved texture in baked goods. Their enthusiasm, coupled with full-color photographs of the results of their easy-to-follow recipes, makes it clear why this age-old kitchen tool hasn't yet gone out of style." —Shelf Awareness
The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne