This collection of 95 great recipes invites cooks to get reacquainted with the cast iron skillet. The cast iron skillet is the original gourmet cooking tool. The mother-daughter team behind this book, Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne, have both worked on the cutting edge of the gourmet food world. But when they get together in their home kitchens, they often recall the recipes that have been in their family for generations such as Grandma Kramis' Irish Soda Bread. Their cookbook of 95 great recipes includes many classics but also reflects the international fusion that has overtaken cooking along with the desire to use the best and the freshest ingredients. It is a warm-hearted cookbook, expressing a sophisticated food sense with its blend of old and new.