I was at my local bookstore and the cookbook section really caught my eyes. I noticed there were many beautiful cookbooks for cast iron, like these:
As I was admiring the beautiful cast iron photos, an odd question came over me: why are there so many cookbooks with a cast iron theme?
Anyone knows me from Chowhound knows that I like cast iron cookware very much, so I am not saying this to attack cast iron cookware. However, there is no good answer for the numerous cast iron theme cookbooks. These special cookbooks are suggesting something very special about cast iron cookware – needing 200-300 pages explanation. Are cast iron cookware more difficult to use than other cookware? Not really in my mind. Can they do special things which no other cookware can do? Not that much more.
So why do we have numerous cast iron cookware cookbooks? Why don’t we have cookbooks for aluminum, stainless steel surface, nonstick Teflon, copper or even carbon steel cookware? The last one is particular interesting because carbon steel has very similar properties as cast iron. Yet, Amazon has 3+ full pages of cast iron theme cookbooks, but not a single carbon steel cookbook.
My guess is that cast iron cookware have this “good old day” romantic association with it, and these cookbooks are driven by culture and attitude. This is just my guess.