"Will it skillet?"
Would you believe the answer is a resounding "Yes, it will!"? Ahem. (My publisher was not so hot on my idea for a cookbook full of recipes that don't work. It's for the best.)
Cast iron is a wonder and a workhorse: A cast-iron skillet is versatile, inexpensive, and just about indestructible. It can deliver the char of a grill, bake the lightest cakes, and stand in for everything from a wok to a paella pan.