Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr): Vroom! by Barbara McClintock

Skillet Love: From Steak to Cake: More than 150 Recipes in One Cast-Iron Pan

Food writer Anne Byrn (American Cake) persuasively argues that the cast-iron skillet is "the only pan you'll ever need." Her irresistible collection of nearly 160 recipes that can be made in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet range from tasty appetizers, salads, snacks and sides to one-pot brunches, lunches, dinners and desserts. This versatile skillet sears, roasts, fries, bakes, braises and caramelizes. Flavorful main course recipes include Mexican lasagna, chicken pot pie, skillet-seared shrimp, pan-roasted mussels, meat loaf, fish and chips, fried chicken and eggplant parmesan. Delicious desserts include pineapple upside-down cake, mud cake, snickerdoodle bites, brownies, black- and blueberry crumble and bananas Foster.

Experienced cooks will love the array of meals that can be created in this amazing all-purpose pan. Novice chefs will delight in the simplicity of the recipes--the majority of them are made in six or fewer steps. --Kevin Howell, independent reviewer and marketing consultant