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Cast-Iron Cooking for Two

75 Quick and Easy Skillet Recipes

Foreword by Mark Kelly / Photographer Noah Fecks

Small-batch, one-pot dishes to share with close friends and family!

In Cast-Iron Cooking for Two, Joanna Pruess celebrates the enduring appeal of cast-iron cooking and the countless twosomes who love sharing home-cooked food. Her 75 easy and flavorful recipes feature versatile cast-iron skillets that are the right size for people cooking for two (or three), whether they be empty nesters, college students, or just anyone who is not feeding a group.

From Spicy Beer-Battered Shrimp with Remoulade Sauce to Homey Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs and Legs with Pan Gravy to Orange-Sesame Shortbread Cookies, you’ll find dishes that are perfect for any occasion when it’s just the two of youؙ—or maybe even a few! Date night, Sunday morning with a couple of kids, or a casual drop-in dinner for a close friend. Real ingredients that are easily accessible, along with a smattering of high-quality convenience foods (think prepared pesto, pumpkin pie spice mix), help the home cook save time, money, and cupboard and counter space.

Home cooks are discovering the cast-iron pan, popular for centuries, as a tool for economical, easy, elemental ways to cook. Pruess includes a section about caring for pans and debunking some commonly held myths about cooking with cast-iron.

Joanna invites the cook to get creative, mix and match, and buck tradition: Buckwheat Crêpes with Smoked Salmon can be served for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. Blackberry Cobbler with Candied Ginger and Oat Streusel Topping could even become a celebratory breakfast instead of a dessert. And some of the side dishes, such as Roasted Corn Pancakes with Cherry Tomato Salsa and Sweet Potato Pancakes with Brussels Sprouts Slaw, could be the center of a light dinner or lunch.

There’s something for everyone—and their closest friends and family—in Pruess’s latest, Cast-Iron Cooking for Two.

Joanna Pruess is an award-winning author whose cooking articles and recipes have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Washington PostFood ArtsSaveurFood & Wine, and the Associated Press syndicate. Her cookbooks include The Cast-Iron Cookbook and Soup for Two. She resides in New York City.

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (December 26, 2019)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510748033

"If you've ever longingly eyed a recipe but had to pass it up because it served a small army or used a small army's kitchen's worth of pans, bow down to Joanna Pruess. She has created a book of delicious, just-right-for-two dishes that use basically one pan. Your copy will be dog-eared in no time." —David Leite, publisher of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite's Culinaria  (

"Joanna Pruess’s Cast-Iron Cooking for Two is a magical work. With her easy, accessible, and delicious recipes for two, Joanna encourages cooks to share the magic that is cast-iron cooking at its best, even for small gatherings." —Mark Kelly, public relations manager, Lodge Cast Iron

“A lovely book and full of wonderful ideas. I can think of dedicated cooks wanting to try one a week, if not more often. I’m cooking my way through the book.” —Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of The Four Seasons of Pasta

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