A one-of-a-kind cookbook showcasing modern and authentic clay pot cooking from the premier expert on Mediterranean cuisines
Paula Wolfert is legendary for her expertise on and explorations of Mediterranean cooking. Now, Wolfert shares her inimitable passion for detail and insatiable curiosity about cultural traditions and innovations, with Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking.
Here, the self-confessed clay pot "junkie"-having collected in her travels ceramic pots of all sorts: cazuelas, tagines, baking dishes, bean pots, Romertopf baking dishes, French diablos, ordinary casseroles, even Crockpots, which have a ceramic liner-shares recipes as vibrant as the Mediterranean itself along with the delightful stories behind the earthy pots, irresistible dishes, and outstanding cooks she has met along the way.
Wolfert demystifies the process of clay pot cooking by which fresh ingredients are transformed slowly, richly, lusciously into magnificent meals. She shares 150 recipes featuring soups, fish and shellfish, poultry, meats, pasta and grains, vegetables and beans, pies and breads, eggs and dairy, and desserts.
Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking offers
Paula Wolfert in Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking will seduce you with the pleasures and benefits of cooking in clay.
Recipe Excerpts from Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking
Poached Eggs with Yogurt and Hot Red Pepper Sizzle
Moroccan Fish Tagine with Tomatoes, Olives, and Preserved Lemons
Chicken with Red Wine Vinegar, Tomato, and Shallots
Starred Review. Beginning with a simple premise—Food tastes better cooked in clay—this single-themed cookbook is an illuminating treatise on a technique that's used throughout the Mediterranean but is still relatively obscure in U.S. kitchens. James Beard Award–winner Wolfert (The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen; The Cooking of Southwest France), who has studied and written about the region's cuisine for decades, has become passionate about earthenware pots. Wolfert claims that all food cooked in unglazed vessels has an earthy sweetness, and that when the vessel is dedicated to a certain food, its porous surface gains a seasoning or memory that enhances the flavor. Because these same characteristics make clay pots tricky to care for, Wolfert provides tips for cleaning and safety as well as plenty of sources for more information. What these dishes have in common is that they can be prepared, baked and brought to the table in their respective dishes—be it in the Spanish cazeula (orange-glazed pork belly), the Moroccan tagine (fish tagine with tomatoes, olives and preserved lemon) or the Turkish guvec (summer lamb and vegetable guvec). Wolfert is a true cook's author, and as her use of obscure ingredients (dried eggplant, sweet and sour plums, argan oil) and colorful anecdotes/additional ideas (say, grilling over a flowerpot) illustrate, this book is not for the casual home cook. But for those willing to tackle them, Wolfert's clay pot dishes do indeed merit the hype. Photos. (Oct.)
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I recently bought a clay cooking pot through Amazon and this book helped guide me through the range of culinary possibilities clay pots offer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Costello
I wish I had a chance to look at the recipes in this book before I purchased it. It does cover clay pot cooking but all sorts of clay pots and even has a recipe for beer can... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ykcat
Great book for clay pot cooking, it includes many types of cookware, and the recipe's are delicious!Published 9 months ago by starla tignor
Great recipes my wife and I both like this recipe book and it was promptly added to our collection of books for healthy meals.Published 11 months ago by Sunnyjim
This book is written well and has quite a few recipes. However, many of the recipes use ingredients I probably won't use. Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. K. Terrell
One comment about another review...the book does make reference to many, many different clay pots, but it also mentions in more detail a set of 6 that will cover most recipes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by desert wolf
Paula Wolfert is one of my favorite cookbook authors.
Her recipes are easy to follow and always turn out the way I expect them to.