Home Skillet: comfort-food recipes for easy one-pan meals using cast-iron skillets.
I confess that I love Robin Donovan‘s work including her co-written blog Two Lazy Gourmets, having reviewed her Campfire Cuisine in the past and enjoying her recipes. When she asked if I would review her latest book Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals, it was an easy yes.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into six chapters: your cast iron primer (don’t skip this!), breakfast & brunch, weeknight meals, weekend meals, breads & rolls, and desserts. The book is beautifully designed with user-friendly fonts and plenty of white space for jotting down notes.
Beautiful stock photos open each chapter.
Recipes include chard scallion and goat cheese frittata, Southwestern savory corn cakes, vegetable biryani with charred onions and raita, masala sea bass, crispy chicken thighs with honey-sriracha glaze and cabbage slaw, stir-fried mango beef with broccoli, creole shrimp and cheddar grits, savory Asiago garlic and herb monkey bread, and caramelized banana-brown butter cake. Recipes are traditional and use meat, poultry, dairy, gluten, and eggs. Excellent source of inspiration if you are on a special diet and want to experiment.
What I liked about the book:
Beautiful layout and gave me so many ideas to use my big skillet, including how to properly season it. I hadn’t done so according to her method, and can’t wait to create a true non-stick finish now that I know how.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.
Traditional and vegetarian diets
Not recommended for:
Migraine, paleo, vegan, celiac, gluten-free, or low-sodium diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (low-sodium, gluten-, dairy-, egg-free), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.