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Warm, crumbly cornbread. Chicken sizzling in the pan. Childhood memories filled with delicious, home-cooked dishes and your family there to enjoy it with you. Cast iron’s popularity faded in the ’70s―replaced by chemically processed cookware―but today’s cooks are reigniting a passion for wholesome cast-iron-cooked meals. This ain't your Grandma's kitchen―caring for and coo Warm, crumbly cornbread. Chicken sizzling in the pan. Childhood memories filled with delicious, home-cooked dishes and your family there to enjoy it with you. Cast iron’s popularity faded in the ’70s―replaced by chemically processed cookware―but today’s cooks are reigniting a passion for wholesome cast-iron-cooked meals. This ain't your Grandma's kitchen―caring for and cooking with cast iron is easy, healthy, and totally Pinterest worthy. In Modern Cast Iron, self-proclaimed cast-iron connoisseur Ashley L. Jones recaptures the ease and joy of cooking with cast-iron cookware. Jones introduces readers to the best brands and types of cast-iron cookware to fulfill any cook’s needs. She offers detailed tips and tricks for rescuing old, rusted pans and keeping them properly seasoned, and she shares recommendations for the best cooking oil for every recipe. With Jones’s help, both experienced and beginner cooks will be able to rival grandma’s cooking. Chock-full of stories from Jones’s own childhood growing up with cast-iron meals, as well as recipe after tantalizing recipe―from breakfast quiche to gluten-free meals and beautiful blueberry cobbler―Modern Cast Iron explores the countless ways that cast iron benefits health and happiness. A comprehensive guide to all things cast iron and home-style cookin’, Modern Cast Iron offers a new way for cooks to spice up the kitchen using all-natural tools and ingredients.


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Warm, crumbly cornbread. Chicken sizzling in the pan. Childhood memories filled with delicious, home-cooked dishes and your family there to enjoy it with you. Cast iron’s popularity faded in the ’70s―replaced by chemically processed cookware―but today’s cooks are reigniting a passion for wholesome cast-iron-cooked meals. This ain't your Grandma's kitchen―caring for and coo Warm, crumbly cornbread. Chicken sizzling in the pan. Childhood memories filled with delicious, home-cooked dishes and your family there to enjoy it with you. Cast iron’s popularity faded in the ’70s―replaced by chemically processed cookware―but today’s cooks are reigniting a passion for wholesome cast-iron-cooked meals. This ain't your Grandma's kitchen―caring for and cooking with cast iron is easy, healthy, and totally Pinterest worthy. In Modern Cast Iron, self-proclaimed cast-iron connoisseur Ashley L. Jones recaptures the ease and joy of cooking with cast-iron cookware. Jones introduces readers to the best brands and types of cast-iron cookware to fulfill any cook’s needs. She offers detailed tips and tricks for rescuing old, rusted pans and keeping them properly seasoned, and she shares recommendations for the best cooking oil for every recipe. With Jones’s help, both experienced and beginner cooks will be able to rival grandma’s cooking. Chock-full of stories from Jones’s own childhood growing up with cast-iron meals, as well as recipe after tantalizing recipe―from breakfast quiche to gluten-free meals and beautiful blueberry cobbler―Modern Cast Iron explores the countless ways that cast iron benefits health and happiness. A comprehensive guide to all things cast iron and home-style cookin’, Modern Cast Iron offers a new way for cooks to spice up the kitchen using all-natural tools and ingredients.

30 review for Modern Cast Iron: The Complete Guide to Selecting, Seasoning, Cooking, and More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ink_Drinker

    I really enjoyed this book and that's not usually the way you describe a cookbook! It was more than just a cookbook because it gave you the history behind cast iron, explained how to use it and finally how to take care of it. All that, before diving into the recipes! There is a wide variety of recipes including breakfast, dinners, sides and deserts. I never ever thought you could cook desert in a caste iron, but you can and I did! I made the Brownies and they were both simple to make and oh so yu I really enjoyed this book and that's not usually the way you describe a cookbook! It was more than just a cookbook because it gave you the history behind cast iron, explained how to use it and finally how to take care of it. All that, before diving into the recipes! There is a wide variety of recipes including breakfast, dinners, sides and deserts. I never ever thought you could cook desert in a caste iron, but you can and I did! I made the Brownies and they were both simple to make and oh so yummy!! I'm so happy I found this cookbook. I've had a cast iron for two years and never used it because, for me, it was intimidating. Now that I've tried it and liked it, I've talked two friends into getting one too! We are going to make it a girl's night in and cook something in our cast irons once the threat of covid-19 is over. Thank you NetGalley and Red Lighting Books for the ARC of this cookbook in exchange for my review. #NetGalley #ModernCastIron

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    This is a beautifully photographed, helpful guide to cast iron cookware with lots of simple recipes. The author goes into great detail about how cast iron pans are made, their history, how to season and restore them, what sizes and shapes are good for what, their health benefits and more. She is a big fan of Lodge cast iron and it almost reads like an ad at times. She then gives recipes for all kinds of things you can cook in cast iron, from chicken to soup to cobbler. While she is gluten free, This is a beautifully photographed, helpful guide to cast iron cookware with lots of simple recipes. The author goes into great detail about how cast iron pans are made, their history, how to season and restore them, what sizes and shapes are good for what, their health benefits and more. She is a big fan of Lodge cast iron and it almost reads like an ad at times. She then gives recipes for all kinds of things you can cook in cast iron, from chicken to soup to cobbler. While she is gluten free, most of the recipes are not (she says you can substitute GF flour mixes fine in most recipes, while I haven't found that to be the case). The recipes tend towards Southern style and very simple. The author is a young new mom and I suspect she just hasn't built her own recipe repertoire up with a lot of home cooked recipes yet, but I lean more towards all natural recipes and would have liked more of that style. She has her mother in law's taco soup recipe, for instance, which calls for Hidden Valley salad dressing mix, taco mix (she provides a recipe to make your own, though, I believe), canned flavored beans, Rotel tomatoes with peppers, etc. Her brownie recipe literally says that she doesn't know anybody who makes brownies from scratch (I do) so buy your favorite mix and bake it in cast iron. No nutritional information is provided for the recipes. That said, the recipes seem simple to execute and they are accompanied by great color photos of every recipe. Jones is immensely likeable and clearly passionate about her topic. The sections on caring for cast iron are also far more in-depth than most cast iron cookbooks. It was quite an enjoyable read, especially with the abundant photos and Jones' contagious enthusiasm. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Z

    I am definitely not a novice cook but I have never bought into the cast iron fascination, despite buying several pans. Perhaps, all I needed is this book! It's an excellent resource on cast iron, providing the history, types of products and how to care for them. The book concludes with a recipe section full of great recipes and beautiful photos. I only wish there were more recipes. Thank you Netgalley for this digital copy in exchange for an honest review I am definitely not a novice cook but I have never bought into the cast iron fascination, despite buying several pans. Perhaps, all I needed is this book! It's an excellent resource on cast iron, providing the history, types of products and how to care for them. The book concludes with a recipe section full of great recipes and beautiful photos. I only wish there were more recipes. Thank you Netgalley for this digital copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Jones

    How neat is it that I can write a review for my own book? Very cool indeed. I truly poured my heart and soul into "Modern Cast Iron," and after reading some of the early reviews, I'm so pleased to see that most readers "get it." Instead of a traditional cookbook with lots of in-depth, detailed recipes, this is a guidebook on all things related to cast iron--from selecting the right pan for your kitchen to cooking your family's favorites. There are 50 recipes in the book, from breakfast to dessert How neat is it that I can write a review for my own book? Very cool indeed. I truly poured my heart and soul into "Modern Cast Iron," and after reading some of the early reviews, I'm so pleased to see that most readers "get it." Instead of a traditional cookbook with lots of in-depth, detailed recipes, this is a guidebook on all things related to cast iron--from selecting the right pan for your kitchen to cooking your family's favorites. There are 50 recipes in the book, from breakfast to dessert, but you'll find many of them to be staples you already eat or old favorites you've been wondering how to make. You will not find 10-step recipes that call for ingredients you don't have. You will, however, find recipes that you can easily make--even with a limited pantry like we're experiencing now due to the pandemic. I hope readers enjoy the down-home, wholesomeness of this book as much as they enjoy biscuits and gravy right out of the skillet. I know I do. And that's why I'm giving this one 5 stars. Happy cooking, folks!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    A host of very simple (rarely more than 4 steps), quick, southern recipes to make in cast iron. Although a lot of the recipes seemed to boil down to "make this thing, but in cast iron!" (and the brownie recipe was literally "buy your favorite mix and make it in a cast iron pan), there was some good stuff here (especially around care and renewal of cast iron). Looking forward to trying the corn bread. **Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an hon A host of very simple (rarely more than 4 steps), quick, southern recipes to make in cast iron. Although a lot of the recipes seemed to boil down to "make this thing, but in cast iron!" (and the brownie recipe was literally "buy your favorite mix and make it in a cast iron pan), there was some good stuff here (especially around care and renewal of cast iron). Looking forward to trying the corn bread. **Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book is much more than a cookbook. The first 80 pages are information about cast iron pans - their history, how to restore one, how new ones are made, best practices for care, etc. Jones gives a LOT of information before getting into actual recipes. And with cast iron I think that's important. There weren't many recipes I wanted to try, but I did like all the information about finding and caring for cast iron pans. This book is much more than a cookbook. The first 80 pages are information about cast iron pans - their history, how to restore one, how new ones are made, best practices for care, etc. Jones gives a LOT of information before getting into actual recipes. And with cast iron I think that's important. There weren't many recipes I wanted to try, but I did like all the information about finding and caring for cast iron pans.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Great info on the history of cast iron cookware and how to care for it/restore it. I appreciated that a handful of the recipes were gluten-free! I was a little disappointed that some of the recipes called for store-bought, canned ingredients, when it would be just as easy to use fresh or homemade in most cases, but I'm sure readers could figure out those substitutions. Great info on the history of cast iron cookware and how to care for it/restore it. I appreciated that a handful of the recipes were gluten-free! I was a little disappointed that some of the recipes called for store-bought, canned ingredients, when it would be just as easy to use fresh or homemade in most cases, but I'm sure readers could figure out those substitutions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Hogrefe Parnell

    Modern Cast Iron is a guidebook that’s accessible to the seasoned chef as well as cast-iron newbies like me. If you feel intimidated by cast iron but want to learn how to cook the way your grandma did, this book is for you. It truly is a guidebook, a “how to” choose, cook with, clean, and care for cast iron cookware. What I love is the author’s personal touches and how she views cast iron as a family legacy. She shows us the responsibility we have to cook “healthy” and why cast iron is the better Modern Cast Iron is a guidebook that’s accessible to the seasoned chef as well as cast-iron newbies like me. If you feel intimidated by cast iron but want to learn how to cook the way your grandma did, this book is for you. It truly is a guidebook, a “how to” choose, cook with, clean, and care for cast iron cookware. What I love is the author’s personal touches and how she views cast iron as a family legacy. She shows us the responsibility we have to cook “healthy” and why cast iron is the better choice. As she says, “What we cook with is just as important as what we’re cooking.” The last part of the book includes 50 recipes, and I’m excited to dive deeper into them. For now, let me just say that Mary Frances’s Taco Soup recipe is now a go-to staple in my home. And once I follow Ashley’s advice and buy a cast iron skillet, one of the first things I plan to make is her Peach Dutch Baby.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Already a cast iron lover, this book didn't need to win me over but it is chock full of great information and a variety of recipes for using your cast iron cookware as well. After having a couple different sets of non-stick cookware and having to replace them every few years as the finishes began chipping making them unusable, I turned to cast iron several years back. Since I cook vegan, I had been under the impression cast iron wasn't a good fit for me. How wrong I was! Now, I almost exclusivel Already a cast iron lover, this book didn't need to win me over but it is chock full of great information and a variety of recipes for using your cast iron cookware as well. After having a couple different sets of non-stick cookware and having to replace them every few years as the finishes began chipping making them unusable, I turned to cast iron several years back. Since I cook vegan, I had been under the impression cast iron wasn't a good fit for me. How wrong I was! Now, I almost exclusively use my cast iron and recommend it to friends as well. If you're just starting out, check local charity and secondhand shops for great deals (as the author suggests as well). I got my Lodge skillets/griddles, corn stick pans and even an Aebleskiver pan that way and only needed to give them a scrub and a good seasoning. This book will tell you what you need to know to save an unloved cast iron pan to bring your them back to life! I did have to wait for a good sale to pick up new loaf pans, a Dutch oven and a wok, but if you're patient, good deals can be had and you can get off the cookware replacement cycle for good. Take care of your cast iron as suggested here and it will last several lifetimes. The author goes into other benefits of using cast iron, such as the heavy metals other pans can leach into your food. The versatility of cast iron means you really only need a few pieces to cover all your cooking/baking needs. The book then moves into recipes. As a vegan, many recipes here aren't suitable for me, but I did find a few I'll be trying and peppered throughout are tips and tricks for successfully transitioning to cast iron. This book would make a great gift along with a cast iron pan to a new graduate heading out on their own or as a wedding or holiday gift. Thank you to Darcie Rowan PR/Red Lightning Books and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This book isn't quite sure what it wants to be, tries to be everything and flails about while doing so. While there are helpful tips for adapting to cast iron in some of the recipes and a useful guide for restoring that old pan you found in grandma's basement, it feels sort of like a primer for people who don't know how to cook in any pan. There's a recipe for sautéed asparagus, for example. There's a three paragraph explainer about why she likes asparagus and then here's the recipe: 1. Place a s This book isn't quite sure what it wants to be, tries to be everything and flails about while doing so. While there are helpful tips for adapting to cast iron in some of the recipes and a useful guide for restoring that old pan you found in grandma's basement, it feels sort of like a primer for people who don't know how to cook in any pan. There's a recipe for sautéed asparagus, for example. There's a three paragraph explainer about why she likes asparagus and then here's the recipe: 1. Place a small skillet over low-medium heat. 2. Add olive oil and asparagus to the pan. Season to taste. Turn periodically while cooking. The asparagus is done when it's the consistency you prefer. If you would like to spend two pages on recipes like this, this is the book for you. (Learn how to make a grilled cheese!) At the beginning, it feels for a while like the author is going on some sort of weird wellness spiel, talking about how bad every other kind of pan is because of things she found out while researching pans, I guess. But there are zero sources. So we're just supposed to believe that she, a home cook and blogger, is the ultimate source for complicated chemical and food studies. Listen, I love cast iron and use it all the time, but you can't just make statements like this without backing them up. (Clearly, she can. It got published.) The best part of the book is when she goes to the Lodge manufacturing facility and talks about the process (with photos!) of making the pans. Side note: There's also an inset where she talks about this special big pan that was used to cook for Confederate soldiers... who went on to win the battle! Oh good, I'm glad you're proud of helping Confederates win some battles.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Cast iron cookware is far from just dark, heavy pieces of metal that come to life when heat and food are added. In its own way, cast iron purveys sustenance, comfort, family memories, and a sense of "home". I have cast iron skillets in every size, and I use at least one almost every day. I also have other cast iron cookware like Dutch ovens, cornstick pans, and more. I am still using my Gran's big 12-inch skillet to make her recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Mom used that same skillet to fr Cast iron cookware is far from just dark, heavy pieces of metal that come to life when heat and food are added. In its own way, cast iron purveys sustenance, comfort, family memories, and a sense of "home". I have cast iron skillets in every size, and I use at least one almost every day. I also have other cast iron cookware like Dutch ovens, cornstick pans, and more. I am still using my Gran's big 12-inch skillet to make her recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Mom used that same skillet to fry chicken in real butter and then make gravy from the pan drippings. Of course, nothing accompanies a simple pot of brown beans better than crispy, golden cornbread baked in a cast iron skillet. In her book, "Modern Cast Iron: The Complete Guide to Selecting, Seasoning, Cooking, and More", author Ashley L. Jones explores the history of cast iron, explains its various incarnations and their usages, and advises how to properly season (the process that turns cast iron into a cook's "black gold"), clean, and care for the cookware. The down-home delicious recipes include breakfasts, breads, sides, main dishes, desserts, and more. The author includes tips for healthier food preparation and has updated some of the classic recipes. Here's just a sample of the delightful dishes you can make: "Robby's Quiche"; "Mayonnaise Biscuits"; "Baby Limas"; "Garlic Potatoes"; "Beef & Vegetable Soup"; "Beef Stroganoff"; "Salmon Cakes"; "Apple Crisp"; and "Brownies". The author writes in a warm, personable style--and with great love of subject. After reading "Modern Cast Iron", not only will you be hungry, you will understand why cast iron cookware becomes a family treasure shared through generations. Book Copy Gratis Red Lightning Books via Indiana University Press

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Modern Cast Iron is an encyclopedic reference to selecting, using, and maintaining cast iron utensils. Due out 18th Aug 2020 from Red Lightning Books, it's 232 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is a very well written and lavishly illustrated guide. The information it contains covers not just the ubiquitous 12 inch frying pan but a host of other forms and uses (more than I even knew existed). The tutorials are acces Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Modern Cast Iron is an encyclopedic reference to selecting, using, and maintaining cast iron utensils. Due out 18th Aug 2020 from Red Lightning Books, it's 232 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is a very well written and lavishly illustrated guide. The information it contains covers not just the ubiquitous 12 inch frying pan but a host of other forms and uses (more than I even knew existed). The tutorials are accessible and understandable and very very well photographed. Most of the book is filled with a plethora of traditional southern cooking and the recipes are varied and tasty. The recipes are written with English (American) measurements. There is no conversion table included in the book. The ingredients are listed in sidebar format followed by step by step cooking instructions. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. The recipes are generally simple (and some use premade mixes or canned ingredients). The book also includes a cross-referenced index. We're definitely going to try more of these recipes. Well written book, tasty recipes. The photography is gorgeous and plentiful. For cooks who -need- photographs for serving ideas, this will be a great resource. Five stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    **I received an e-ARC from NetGalley for an honest review** As a southern girl, I've always known the value of cast iron. I've inherited pans from grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and even from cousins who didn't know the value of cast iron and wanted shiny new stainless steel cookware for her new house (more for me!) The recipes were easy to follow, and the photography was appetizing. While I don't really care about Lodge cast iron, it was a nice touch for someone who doesn't already own a l **I received an e-ARC from NetGalley for an honest review** As a southern girl, I've always known the value of cast iron. I've inherited pans from grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and even from cousins who didn't know the value of cast iron and wanted shiny new stainless steel cookware for her new house (more for me!) The recipes were easy to follow, and the photography was appetizing. While I don't really care about Lodge cast iron, it was a nice touch for someone who doesn't already own a lot of cast iron pots and pans. The trip to Lodge made it a little more commercial and made me stop and look to see if Lodge had a hand in publishing this book. Overall, I found the book a great one to have if you have any cast iron at all. However, I do think the author missed out on two things that most southern girls know if they grew up with cast iron. Every southern girl I've ever met has had the same advice about cast iron. Since she missed the following two items (especially number two), I had to mark her down to a four star out of five. 1- A pineapple upside down cake made in cast iron will be the best pineapple upside down cake you will ever have, don't even fight me on this because I WILL win. 2- If you have at least two cast iron skillets, one will ALWAYS be a cornbread skillet. Never, ever make anything else in your cornbread skillet. Yes, you can re-season a skillet after cooking, but it will never be the same until you've made at least 100 more cornbreads and have re-seasoned it properly. And no, I'm not lying about that number.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)

    This is a great book for anyone who is interested in expanding their cast iron knowledge. If you are a pro, or a newbie, you’ll find a new piece of information in this book, guaranteed. Everyone will eventually have a relationship with their cast iron, and the author goes into great explanation of not only, why that is, but also her relationship with cast iron. Cast iron’s not only create personal memories and history, it also has amazing history, in why and how we have used it in the past. It w This is a great book for anyone who is interested in expanding their cast iron knowledge. If you are a pro, or a newbie, you’ll find a new piece of information in this book, guaranteed. Everyone will eventually have a relationship with their cast iron, and the author goes into great explanation of not only, why that is, but also her relationship with cast iron. Cast iron’s not only create personal memories and history, it also has amazing history, in why and how we have used it in the past. It was super interesting to hear what she learned at the Lodge Cast Iron Factory and all the different products that they offer today. Pretty much everything you’d need or want to know before you even begin cooking with one, will be in this book. Once you have picked out the type of cast iron you are interested in, this book will keep you well informed on how to care for it, and maintain it in it’s best condition possible. When you’ve finally absorbed the first half of this book, you get to all the amazing recipes. The author knows her stuff, and I cant wait to try one of these amazing sounding recipes. I have already learned more than I honestly thought I would take from this. Newbie to Pro this book has something useful and informative with amazing recipes. I give this a 5/5 all the way!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara Hill

    Modern Cast Iron may be one of my favourite cookbooks ever! Ashley L. Jones spoke right to my newfound love of cast iron. I love how the beginning of the book was all about the history of cast iron, how it is made, and how people are returning to cast iron. Then it went into why it is such a fantastic product and how cooking instruments have changed over the years. We even get to see inside the Lodge factory and how cast irons are made. I am often wanting to find some used cast irons to add to ou Modern Cast Iron may be one of my favourite cookbooks ever! Ashley L. Jones spoke right to my newfound love of cast iron. I love how the beginning of the book was all about the history of cast iron, how it is made, and how people are returning to cast iron. Then it went into why it is such a fantastic product and how cooking instruments have changed over the years. We even get to see inside the Lodge factory and how cast irons are made. I am often wanting to find some used cast irons to add to our slowly growing collection, but I have never known what to look for. I love that she goes over what is okay and not okay when buying a used cast iron. The recipes are all very simple, with minimal ingredients and steps, but everything we have tried has been delicious! Plus, we get to use our favourite cookware while doing so. There is so much love and care put into this book, and it really shows. If you have been cooking with a cast iron for a long time or are new to the idea, I highly recommend this book. I will be ordering a hard copy to have on hand for years to come. I received an eARC from Darcie Rowan PR and Red Lighting Books through NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    Fountain of information! I’m really addicted to a cast iron pan that was my grandfathers but I’ll be honest.... the only thing I’ve ever cooked in it was cornbread. Nor did I have a clue how to season a pan which is interesting since the pan has never rusted. My kids go crazy though for the cornbread I make in it. It turns out perfect every time. So curiosity got the best of me with this book. What did I like? Gorgeous pictures.... seriously gorgeous! I really loved the chapters on seasoning a Fountain of information! I’m really addicted to a cast iron pan that was my grandfathers but I’ll be honest.... the only thing I’ve ever cooked in it was cornbread. Nor did I have a clue how to season a pan which is interesting since the pan has never rusted. My kids go crazy though for the cornbread I make in it. It turns out perfect every time. So curiosity got the best of me with this book. What did I like? Gorgeous pictures.... seriously gorgeous! I really loved the chapters on seasoning a pan, and fixing a rusted pan. The family in this book uses cast iron because it gives you iron when you cook in it. That is something I didn’t know. Being anemic myself seems interesting that just cooking in this pan can help you. Fast forward... the recipes looked insanely yummy. Would I buy or recommend? Yes....and yes. I would love a copy. I considered it useful and extremely easy to read. Throw in some useful tips, and some gorgeous recipes and I’m sold! Really enjoyed it! I received a copy to read and offer an opinion!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    A practical guide to cast iron cooking. This book is part how-to, part recipe book. The first portion of the book is dedicated to understanding cast iron and how to buy, season, use, and clean cast iron cook vessels. You also get an understanding of the history of cast iron, how it's made, and the benefits of using it for your cooking. The remainder of the book is dedicated to simple recipes you can make using cast iron cookware. Overall, I thought that the how-to portion of the book would be ver A practical guide to cast iron cooking. This book is part how-to, part recipe book. The first portion of the book is dedicated to understanding cast iron and how to buy, season, use, and clean cast iron cook vessels. You also get an understanding of the history of cast iron, how it's made, and the benefits of using it for your cooking. The remainder of the book is dedicated to simple recipes you can make using cast iron cookware. Overall, I thought that the how-to portion of the book would be very useful for cast iron novices, and can provide some helpful advice for more seasoned chefs as well. The recipes are simple and easy-to-follow, but I would not consider them to be super revolutionary, as most of them are versions of the kind of meals many American prepare every day. I would recommend this book for home cooks who want to get into using cast iron cookware, as well as a beautiful gift, perhaps for a wedding or housewarming. Thanks to NetGalley and Red Lightning Books for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    This book is a must have for anyone who wants own and use or already owns cast iron pans. There is a lot of attention to the care and refinishing of cast iron pans. The different kind and sizes of cast iron cookware is discussed. The author also tours Lodge factory where Lodge Cast Iron cookware is made. This is a very comprehensive and all encompassing reference for today's cook. I felt the recipes were very basic recipes, but I have never seen so many in one place. There are 6 or 7 different t This book is a must have for anyone who wants own and use or already owns cast iron pans. There is a lot of attention to the care and refinishing of cast iron pans. The different kind and sizes of cast iron cookware is discussed. The author also tours Lodge factory where Lodge Cast Iron cookware is made. This is a very comprehensive and all encompassing reference for today's cook. I felt the recipes were very basic recipes, but I have never seen so many in one place. There are 6 or 7 different types of biscuits. There are some very nice vegetable recipes and casserole recipes that a beginning cook would be able to prepare with positive results. I did not see very many spelling or grammar errors. The pictures are very clear and enticing. This is a very good cookbook to add to your collection, even if you do not have any cast iron and want to have some nice recipes that you can make and put on the table for weekly suppers. I recommend this book with 5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Fallon

    Ashley L. Jones is an author, blogger, and teacher, but she prefers the title of Big Sister. A firm believer that we all know something worth sharing, she started the blog Big Sister Knows as a way to encourage and inspire other young women to live with gusto. In her debut release, "Modern Cast Iron" (August 2020, Red Lightning Books), Ashley continues that mission. Not only does she instruct readers about cast-iron cookware, but she inspires them to cook simple, wholesome foods and to gather wit Ashley L. Jones is an author, blogger, and teacher, but she prefers the title of Big Sister. A firm believer that we all know something worth sharing, she started the blog Big Sister Knows as a way to encourage and inspire other young women to live with gusto. In her debut release, "Modern Cast Iron" (August 2020, Red Lightning Books), Ashley continues that mission. Not only does she instruct readers about cast-iron cookware, but she inspires them to cook simple, wholesome foods and to gather with family around the table. Ashley also has several manuscripts for faith-based children's books and inspirational nonfiction for young women. She looks forward to the day when these books are available for readers. In everything she does, Ashley hopes to inspire others to live wholesome lives that bring glory to God. Find your encouragement, and follow Ashley’s journey, at www.BigSisterKnows.com.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I feel the need to preface this review with: I own quite a few cast iron cookbooks and subscribe to a cast iron cooking magazine. This is one of the most comprehensive Cast Iron cookbooks I've read in quite a while. It's part history lesson, part care manual, and part cookbook. The sections are well researched and I learned new information in each section. The Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders, Collard Greens, and Buttermilk Skillet Biscuit are now on rotation at our house. Modern Cast Iron offers I feel the need to preface this review with: I own quite a few cast iron cookbooks and subscribe to a cast iron cooking magazine. This is one of the most comprehensive Cast Iron cookbooks I've read in quite a while. It's part history lesson, part care manual, and part cookbook. The sections are well researched and I learned new information in each section. The Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders, Collard Greens, and Buttermilk Skillet Biscuit are now on rotation at our house. Modern Cast Iron offers a healthy combination of healthful and decadent recipes to keep your meals interesting. I look forward to adding more of these recipes into our weeknight cooking. I received this as an ARC in return for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for allowing me to read this title

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Lee

    We collected so many cookbooks over the years that we finally said, "No more!" However, when we saw Ashley Jones' beautifully illustrated cookbook, Modern Cast Iron, we had to have it. First of all, it's more than a cookbook. It includes a fascinating history of cast iron that takes you back to the traditions of your grandparents. It inspires you to get out your cast iron pan (or buy one) and start using it. The recipes are clearly presented with few ingredients. The first one we tried, Peach Dut We collected so many cookbooks over the years that we finally said, "No more!" However, when we saw Ashley Jones' beautifully illustrated cookbook, Modern Cast Iron, we had to have it. First of all, it's more than a cookbook. It includes a fascinating history of cast iron that takes you back to the traditions of your grandparents. It inspires you to get out your cast iron pan (or buy one) and start using it. The recipes are clearly presented with few ingredients. The first one we tried, Peach Dutch Baby, a baked German pancake, was so easy to make and so delicious that it "hooked us" into trying more. We look forward to trying Taco Soup, Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders, Blueberry Cobbler, and so many more. The recipes are a buffet of tasty delight. This is one of those one-of-a-kind cookbooks that needs to be on everyone's library shelf and USED.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This cookbook was incredibly informative. I appreciated the information provided. It's often difficult to find information about how to proceed with cast iron cooking (even how to choose a pan) without finding loads of conflicting information. The recipes sound delicious. I am from Canada, so many of these recipes are new to me (heard of, but never given the opportunity to try). I also very much like that she compared the prices based on what you actually need in a kitchen to demonstrate how aff This cookbook was incredibly informative. I appreciated the information provided. It's often difficult to find information about how to proceed with cast iron cooking (even how to choose a pan) without finding loads of conflicting information. The recipes sound delicious. I am from Canada, so many of these recipes are new to me (heard of, but never given the opportunity to try). I also very much like that she compared the prices based on what you actually need in a kitchen to demonstrate how affordable cast iron cookware can be. I look forward to trying many of these recipes (especially the cornbread and peach cobbler type dish). Thank you to NetGalley and Darcie Rowan PR for providing a copy of this e-book for review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laney Estel

    This book starts with a lot of back ground from the author as well as the history of cast-iron. This was very fascinating to me, especially since it includes how cast iron is made. I always forget how to clean and season my cast iron so this is an incredible resource. I especially found it interesting about the health benefits that come from cast iron cooking. On top of that the recipes take me back to home cooked meals my grandmother made. This is the epitome of comfort food. I cannot wait to t This book starts with a lot of back ground from the author as well as the history of cast-iron. This was very fascinating to me, especially since it includes how cast iron is made. I always forget how to clean and season my cast iron so this is an incredible resource. I especially found it interesting about the health benefits that come from cast iron cooking. On top of that the recipes take me back to home cooked meals my grandmother made. This is the epitome of comfort food. I cannot wait to try Biscuits and gravy, or the southern cornbread. After reading this book, I immediately started researching cast iron to add to my own collection.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jene

    I have to admit- I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet, but have been incredibly intimidated by them. My family never used them, and I had no idea how to go about it. I now feel ready to go out and get one! This is more than just a cookbook. It breaks down the various cast iron types and what sizes are best for your cooking needs. I really enjoyed the fact that it talks about how to season and care for them. Makes it sounds much simpler than what I anticipated. I would highly recommend this for I have to admit- I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet, but have been incredibly intimidated by them. My family never used them, and I had no idea how to go about it. I now feel ready to go out and get one! This is more than just a cookbook. It breaks down the various cast iron types and what sizes are best for your cooking needs. I really enjoyed the fact that it talks about how to season and care for them. Makes it sounds much simpler than what I anticipated. I would highly recommend this for the novice and seasoned alike. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this cookbook.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Witch-at-Heart

    I grew up using cast-iron and have several old gems in the garage waiting for our kitchen renovation to be completed so I can use them again. This book gives sone fantastic advice on how to use, select and care for cast iron I have ever run across. I own cast iron pans and have used them for years and I still learned a ton of things that I never knew. This makes owning, takeing care of and properly using these pans a breeze. I highly recommend it fantastic book! I received this book from NetGalley I grew up using cast-iron and have several old gems in the garage waiting for our kitchen renovation to be completed so I can use them again. This book gives sone fantastic advice on how to use, select and care for cast iron I have ever run across. I own cast iron pans and have used them for years and I still learned a ton of things that I never knew. This makes owning, takeing care of and properly using these pans a breeze. I highly recommend it fantastic book! I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    I thought I had submitted a review, but I don't see it. I'll try again. I thoroughly recommend this book. It has so many elements that make it excel over others. It is conversational while educational. The pictures and personal insights add charm and connection between author and readers. It has me reclaiming pans we used to reach for as last resort, making them first choice. And I refer back to it periodically to make sure I am still doing right by my pans and family. Thank you Ashley Jones for I thought I had submitted a review, but I don't see it. I'll try again. I thoroughly recommend this book. It has so many elements that make it excel over others. It is conversational while educational. The pictures and personal insights add charm and connection between author and readers. It has me reclaiming pans we used to reach for as last resort, making them first choice. And I refer back to it periodically to make sure I am still doing right by my pans and family. Thank you Ashley Jones for this magnificent work.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Thank you NetGalley and publishers for an ARC. All opinions are my own. This book is a complete overview of what cast iron is, how it is made, and how to take care of cast iron. It additionally share great recipes using cast iron. Full of beautiful pictures to compliment the information shared. I learned so much and even found I wasn't treating my cast iron with correct care. I am looking forward to trying more cooking using cast iron. Thank you NetGalley and publishers for an ARC. All opinions are my own. This book is a complete overview of what cast iron is, how it is made, and how to take care of cast iron. It additionally share great recipes using cast iron. Full of beautiful pictures to compliment the information shared. I learned so much and even found I wasn't treating my cast iron with correct care. I am looking forward to trying more cooking using cast iron.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracie Crane

    The best advice in the kitchen I have ever received. Ashley knows her stuff! I own cast iron pans that I never knew how to take care of and truly appreciate how easy they are to use when you know what you are doing. Ashley writes a passionate cookbook that not only has fabulous recipes, it gives you a whole education on cast iron. If I could only keep one cookbook in my home, this would be it. I loved every word written.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alfi

    The first lockdown in March 2020 made me into sourdough baking. And the result of that was I bought a cast-iron skillet from Lodge. My very best purchase this year! So this book took my attention. Because I am a newbie in cast iron cooking, and I wanted to know more. This book is going to tell you a bit of story and history. And then some recipes that you can use as inspirations in the kitchen. I like the photos they presented. So beautiful.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Cohen

    I’m so glad I picked up this book because I really learned some things about cast iron cookery that I didn’t know. I found some helpful hints that have inspired me to pilule out my rusty pan, clean it up ( how to advice one book) and create some dishes I hadn’t thought about making before. Cast iron isn’t just for fried eggs anymore, at least not in my house!

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