Today’s busy lifestyles make it impractical to plan the kind of multicourse feasts one might wish. An easy and exciting solution is the venerable dutch oven pot. In this follow-up to their successful The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook, Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne show off the many virtues of this kitchen essential. The dutch oven excels at everything from simmering to baking, working equally well on the stovetop and in the oven. The book begins with an informative history of the pot, along with a discussion of various cooking methods. From there it moves into such mouthwatering dishes as Slow Cooked Pork with Smoky Barbeque Sauce and Slaw, Smothered Chicken with Sautéed Morels, Fresh Vegetable Estouffade, Northwest Bouillabaisse, and Ms. Kate’s Spoon Bread. Whether using a well-used and blackened garage-sale find, or the latest celery-green item from La Creuset, contemporary chefs can satisfy the most exacting palates with this entertaining cookbook.