Tallahassee author puts fresh polish on classic cast iron in cookbook

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Tallahassee author puts fresh polish on classic cast iron in cookbook

When my husband left his home in Mississippi as a young man, his grandmother gave him two heirloom cast iron pans that she had received from her grandparents. They’re still among his most treasured possessions — and he knows how to use them, especially for dishes like savory cornbread and oven-fried chicken. When our kids moved out, we continued the tradition by giving them each a cast iron skillet.

It’s that kind of family legacy that helped inspire Tallahassee’s Ashley L. Jones to write the cookbook, “Modern Cast Iron,” a “complete guide to selecting, seasoning, cooking and more,” available from Red Lightning Books. Jones will launch the book from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Hearth and Soul on Market Street. 

“It’s written for home cooks,” said Jones, who offers 50 recipes in “Modern Cast Iron.” “It’s everything I’ve been able to pull together through years of research online. I took what seemed to be the most pertinent stuff that the home cook needs to know. A hobbyist, a collector or a chef might do something different, but it’s geared to those trying to cook at home and get food on the table, keep a pan in working order and keep it in the family for many years.”

Ashley Jones is the author of "Modern Cast Iron: The Complete Guide to Selecting, Seasoning, Cooking, and More."

On the book lovers’ site, Goodreads, the cookbook has already garnered a 4.38 rating with raves like this one from Kristen 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.”

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