Reading Carsten Bothe’s Dutch Oven is a little bit like traveling through time: you meet trappers, cowboys, and even the settlers who became known as the Pennsylvania Dutch despite coming from Germany (a misnomer, Carsten suggests, that may stem from the fact that the word deutsch means “German” but sounds like it means “Dutch”). Dutch ovens have been used historically — and are still very much in use currently! — around the world. Not only does Carsten offer recipes for meat, fish, veggies, and even cakes and rolls, he explains how exactly a Dutch oven does its magic and how you can maximize its many features, like flipping over the lid to use it as a skillet. His detailed diagrams are accompanied by helpful safety tips and tools designed to make handling a Dutch oven convenient and easy. If you’re a camper, a hunter, a lover of dining al fresco — or you’d like to explore a classic-but-new way of cooking — you’ll love a Dutch oven!