It wasn’t an easy job, she notes, because the recipes were not always precise. "I do a lot of cooking, and I've gotten pretty good at it, so I like to cook without recipes now," she says. "I discovered that most Sisters do that as well. That is not good when you’re writing a cookbook. Some would just say, 'cook until done' or to use a 'pinch' of something. And some of our Southern sisters might tell you to use a 'mess' of something, as in 'a mess of shrimp.' I asked one what a 'mess' is, and she said, 'You just put two hands together, and what's inside is a mess.'"
But despite the approximate nature of cooking over a campfire, Rawlings says she's tested every recipe and can vouch for each one. The author will sign copies of Cast-Iron Cooking at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; a host of fellow Sisters will park their trailers in a caravan outside for meeting and greeting. Expect an evening that’s fun and salty – and we’re not talking about the recipes. Admission is free; for more information, visit tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Mon., April 29, 7:30 p.m., 2013