In this valuable book, she teaches novice Dutch oven chefs the basic techniques they need to know to enjoy this wonderful hobby. She tells about the different sizes of Dutch ovens and how much they hold. She tells how to break in, season, clean and store a new oven so foods cooked in it will retain its unique Dutch oven flavor. She explains how to control Dutch oven temperatures, comparing the number of charcoal briquettes to the temperature listings found in regular cookbooks. She gives useful tips concerning equipment and tools that can make the cooking process easier, and she warns of safety concerns that can prevent unfortunate accidents. Her recipes are easy to follow. for each dish she indicates the desired temperature, then converts it into how many charcoal briquettes should be under the Dutch oven and how many should be placed on the lid. She gives instructions concerning rotating the oven and lid to prevent hot spots, and provides clear directions for preparing each of the recipes she outlines. Her first group of recipes are great getting-started recipes: easily prepared dishes that allow first-fime cooks to gain some skill and confidence before moving on to more advanced challenges. the chapters which follow cover a broad range of delicious culinary delights: appetizers, soups and stews, side dishes, breads, main dishes, breakfasts, and deserts. a final chapter is devoted to cooking for large groups, with quantities provided for 25, 50 and 100 servins for all the recipes in the chapter. This extensive collection of 136 delectable, easy-to-prepare recipes is sure to make this one of the most enjoyed and best-selling Dutch oven cookbooks available! and it's not just for beginners, by any means--any cook can enjoy preparing these delicious meals, and bv following these directions can prepare them successfully in the wilds, in the back yard, or in the comfort of the kitchen.Rawlings, Marla is the author of 'Beginner's Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking', published 2000 under ISBN 9780882906881 and ISBN 0882906887.