Cultural cookware

Different cultures prepare their meals using pots and pans unlike the basic ones found in most of our kitchen cupboards.  You can add international flair to your cooking by using them.

The world's 100 greatest rice recipes : classic dishes from around the globe, from risotto and paella to jambalaya and biryani
Christina Ingram.
London : Southwater, c2009.
The complete guide to rice and rice cooking, with 500 step-by-step photographs
Gourmet Indian in minutes
Monisha Bharadwaj ; [photographs by Gus Filgate].
Lanham, MD : Distributed by National Book Network, 2008.
  1. "Originally published in Great Britain in 2002 by Kyle Cathie Ltd."--T.p. verso.
  2. "Over 140 inspirational recipes"--Cover.
  3. Includes index.
One pot French
Jean-Pierre Challet with Jennifer Decorte.
Portland, Maine : Sellers Pub., c2008.
Classic French cuisine is paired with the perennial appeal of easy, one-pot cooking in this wide-ranging cookbook illustrated with over 75 full-color photographs. One-Pot French offers mouthwatering recipes for traditional soups and stews, fish, poultry, and meat dishes, vegetables, sauces ? and even desserts. Celebrated chef Jean-Pierre Challet includes more than 100 recipes that represent the Mediterranean seafood of Provence, the buttery roasts of Tours, and the cheese-and cream-based dishes of Normandy. Here at last is authentic French cooking made easy!

A clay roaster used in Europe is called Romertopf. It allows roasting without adding any liquids. This helps preserve flavor and nutrients. Just remember to soak the pot in water for 15 minutes before using.

Preparing a Spanish dinner? A paella pan adds something special. This pan has a thick base that is ridged. Newer ones have a non-stick surface that prevents burning and sticking. Tasty rice, with shrimp and other paella ingredients, blend together nicely when using this pan.

People have been banging pots and pans since they were invented. Some do it:

For a happy celebration like New Year's Eve

In a form of a protest to draw attention to a cause

To scare away wild life from intruding campsites

To keep away spirits and mythical creatures

A karhai is an Indian wok is made of a heavy-gauge carbon steel with a nonstick surface. The karhai is deeper and narrower than a Chinese wok, but both have rounded bottoms so that they can be filled with oil for deep frying.

Why not create a Moroccan dish with a tagine? This uniquely shaped, thick earthenware pot is used in North Africa for a slow-cooked dish of the same name.

Classic French dishes, such as moules a la marinieres, as well as stews and braises, are traditionally prepared in Brittany pots. They are made of enameled cast iron, and are rounded pots with gently flaring sides.

You don't have to be a gourmet cook to impress family and friends.  Simply prepare and serve delicious and nutritious meals using your favorite new piece of "cultural cookware". 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff