Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking by Paula Wolfert, Book Review

Paula Wolfert’s Mediterranean Clay Pot CookingIt has taken me way too long to write a review about one of the best Clay Pot cookbooks to ever come out on the market, Paula Wolfert’s Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking. Why…this book is complex. Not a simple, quick to market book. This is a long term own. Any serious cookbook library should include this for two main reasons… one it offers an excellent view into the uniqueness and depth of Mediterranean cooking and two, for people like me, who are starved to cook authentic recipes in claypots, this book is a fabulous adventure.

If you are new to Clay Pot cooking, the clay pot primer is the best I have seen in print.  You can find out enough about almost any clay pot to confidently start using your clay on a daily basis including information on which of your pots are great for what kind of cooking.

As for the recipes. They are far from typical. Maybe if you are from a delightful seaport fishing town in the Mediterranean they might seem common but to the wide audience they are unusual and very well thought out. Each recipe is prefaced with what type of pot might be traditionally used and offers multiple types of possibly more common cooking pots you can used.

So far the recipes I have tried have been very tasty, easy enough to prepare and worth making multiple times. Her recipe Creamy Bagna Cauda has become a party stable for me (more to follow on this). The Moroccan Fish Tagine with Tomatoes, Olives and Preserved Lemons was quick easy and a well received unusual addition to my Seven Fishes Christmas Eve Dinner.

I had the pleasure of hearing Paula Wolfert talk about her book at the James Beard Foundation in Nov.  If you have the opportunity to hear her speak, GO!. She offers incredible knowledge, cooking skill background and a warm informative style that is very inspiring.

This book is what the clay cooking movement, tradition, trend, lifestyle… whatever you chose to call the current state of Clay Pot Cooking, has needed. A serious, well researched book by a very important culinary personality. Paula Wolfert’s Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking is a cookbook you will want to study, refer back to often, and truely enjoy exploring each recipe.

I would love to see Paula Wolfert’s collection of clay pots. It must be amazing. I do wish this book had more photos of the recipes completed in clay pots. The photo of Paula Wolfert shopping for clay pots in Morocco is particularly charming.

More postings about recipes from this book in the future. Please share your experiences as well.

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Paula Wolfert’s Website