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.”

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Pasta with Smothered Broccoli Rabe and Olives
Credit: © Kana Okada

Glazed

Spanish cazuelas and other glazed earthenware are often inexpensive; the coating makes some dishwasher-safe.

Clay-Pot Tarte Tatin

Flameware

This new composite material resists cracking at high temperatures.

Unglazed

Colombian La Chamba casseroles and other unglazed pots impart an earthy, sweet flavor to stews. Some benefit from regular seasoning with oil.

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