What to expect: This is sort of an appliance cookbook because all the recipes require the use of a small cast iron Dutch oven. All the recipes are for two people, but they can be easily double, tripled, etc.--especially if you have a larger Dutch oven. I have a small, two-quart Le Creuset Dutch oven that is the perfect size for these recipes.
All the recipes are full meals--they include a protein, a carb, and veggies. They're easy and quick to make, and, best of all, they're all very healthy (the author rarely uses butter or oils). If you have a family or are just a very busy person, this book will help you put a tasty (and healthy) meal on the table in less than an hour.
Best recipes: I think of the recipes as a springboard--you can swap out meats, veggies, and carbs to your taste. That said, here are a few of the standouts:
- Shrimp Masala with Rice, pg. 78
- Adobo Pork, pg. 82
- Beef with Sherried Mushroom Sauce, pg. 88
- Chicken Marsala, pg. 126
- Rosemary Chicken, pg. 150
- Eggplant Parmesan, pg, 172
Deliciousness scale: 4 spoonfuls of yum out of 5.
Details: This review is based on the 2009 edition of Glorious One-Pot Meals by Elizabeth Yarnell; ISBN 978-0767930109