Author Paula Wolfert on clay-pot cooking: “I have lost count of the hundreds of clay pots that I own. I love their earthiness and their simplicity.”
Spanish cazuelas and other glazed earthenware are often inexpensive; the coating makes some dishwasher-safe.
This new composite material resists cracking at high temperatures.
• Pan-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Raisins
• Clay-Pot Tarte Tatin (left)
Colombian La Chamba casseroles and other unglazed pots impart an earthy, sweet flavor to stews. Some benefit from regular seasoning with oil.