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The Beauty of Cooking in Soapstone

Fine Cooking Issue 75
Photo: Scot Phillips
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I’ve long admired the look and feel of soapstone countertops, sinks, fireplaces, and woodstoves, so I jumped at the chance to try this 3-liter soapstone casserole. I used it in the oven and on the stovetop for soups, stews, sautés, and stir-fries.

The remarkable thing about the pot—apart from its beauty—is the gentle and even heat it radiates. The stone is dense and absorbs heat slowly (as a result, it’s also very heavy), but once heated, it stays warm for a long time. I love it for making risotto and other grain or bean dishes that lose appeal if they cool down. Even second helpings of risotto were still warm.

Properly cared for, a soapstone pot will be something you pass down to your children or grandchildren. A 3-liter pot is about $100.

To find a retailer near you or order online, visit BrazilOnMyMind.com.


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