125 easy one-pot meals that reveal the world of flavorful possibilities inside a simple skillet—America's most common cooking tool—from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street.From a wok to a clay pot, every cuisine has a ubiquitous pot or pan that can cook just about anything. In the United States, the most common pan is a simple 12-inch skillet. Here you’ll find 125 recipes that will transform and expand the way you use this versatile piece of cookware.
To liberate the skillet from commonplace fare, we share what we’ve learned from our travels and from cooks in more than 35 countries. We drew inspiration from the East African islands of Mauritius and Réunion for Shrimp Rougaille, based on a Creole tomato sauce that reflects European and Indian influences. And in India, a wok-like vessel called a kadai or karahi is common. We use a skillet instead to make Chicken Curry with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers.
The skillet also is a good choice for the stir-fried Sichuan classic Spicy Glass Noodles with Ground Pork, fragrant Vietnamese-Style Lemon Grass Tofu, and Mexican-Style Cauliflower Rice. You can even use it to make Three-Cheese Pasta, Skillet-Roasted Peruvian-style Chicken, and Pizza with Fennel Salami and Red Onion.
To make it easy to find the recipe you need, we organized chapters by cooking times (an hour or less, 45 minutes, and under 30 minutes) as well as sections for side dishes, pastas, grains, stir-fries, pan roasts, and skillet-griddled sandwiches. And because the cooking is limited to one pan, the techniques are straightforward and the clean-up is easy.
Great cooking is rarely about which pan you put on your stove. It’s about what you put inside it. Push those limits, and find a new world in your kitchen.
About the Author
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street is changing how we cook by searching the world for bold, simple recipes and techniques. Adapted and tested for home cooks everywhere, these lessons are the backbone of what we call the new home cooking. We are located at 177 Milk Street in downtown Boston, site of our editorial offices and cooking school. It also is where we record Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street television and radio shows, and is home to our online store, which curates craft food and cookware products from around the world. Visit 177milkstreet.com to shop and for more information.
"Kitchen adventures beckon in this expansive and appetizing collection."—Publisher's Weekly
"Not long ago, Milk Street magazine was a scrappy startup; today the franchise sprawls like a gastronomic version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Every few months another cookbook tumbles forth from the Milk Street recipe database: Do you need another? I’d argue yes. If you, like me, routinely ax recipes that use one pan too many for a weeknight, this book is a godsend. Cook the pasta right in there with the pancetta, chard and beans. Forget about layering phyllo, just crumple it on top for “skillet spanakopita.” In other words, Christopher Kimball gleefully breaks rules in the name of simplification."—T. Susan Chang, NPR