Thursday, February 16, 2012

Best of the Black Pot - Pre-release NOW AVAILABLE!

Almost five years ago, I started blogging here about my new-found passion for cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens.  Bit by bit, dish by dish, recipe after recipe, tragedy to triumph, this little blog has grown, and you folks have followed along for the ride.  I can’t thank you enough.

Then, last summer, I got a happy little email from the good folks at Cedar Fort.  They wanted to talk to me about doing a Dutch oven cookbook.  I was thrilled!  As we talked and worked out details, I was offered a four-book contract.

Well, in September, I turned in the manuscript for “Best of the Black Pot: Must Have Dutch Oven Favorites”.  We worked out layout and text bugs, and cover images were shot.  A marketing plan is in the works.  The manuscript for the second book is under way.

At each point, it became a little more believable, a little less like a dream.

Well, tonight it crossed a major benchmark for me.  It is now available, for purchase (pre-order) at  It’s kind of a “pinch me” moment. What that means is that Amazon will take orders now, and they’ll ship it as soon as Cedar Fort delivers it to them.  The official release date is April 10, so the ship date will be right after that.

Co-incidentally, April 15th marks the 5th anniversary of this blog!  I’d really like to thank all of you for reading along with me all these years.  If you want to get a copy of the book, I would encourage you to buy it in the pre-release.  Many bookstores look at’s early sales to see if they want to stock the book.  So, more early sales, more bookstore placement!

Here’s what a few good friends had to say about the book:

I'd call it "Everything you ever wanted to know about dutch oven cooking...and then some."  Dutch oven cooking can be intimidating to the beginner, but this book is full of easy to understand information.  There is something for both the novice and seasoned black pot chef.  Full of good recipes, fun stories and insights on life, reading this feels like a conversation with an old friend.

--Toni Black,

Today I read a new book to soon be on the shelves.  It's all about Dutch ovens and has some very good recipes. Mark has gone the extra mile and made this book very self explanatory. Beginners will be thrilled with the simple easy way he explains the cooking directions.  Every cook starts somewhere and this book comes highly recommended from me!

Colleen Sloan
Author of the Log Cabin Grub Series of Cookbooks

Mark Hansen's "Best of the Black Pot" offers great ideas to the novice and 'seasoned' veteran alike. Mark will take you from dump cobbler to artisan bread to cooking sans-recipe. Cast iron cooking isn't just for camping and pioneers; Mark's modern culinary approach will leave you fed--with wisdom and a full stomach.

 --Andy Johnson,

Mark Hansen makes Dutch Oven cooking sound and feel like fun! Anyone picking up this book will be heading out to buy their first Dutch oven.  It's very informative, with easy-to-follow recipes, and a little history of each. I would reccomend this cookbook to all beginners, and also to the more experienced Dutch oven cooks.

 --Omar Alvarez, Winner of the 2008 IDOS World Championship Dutch Oven Cookoff


Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including and his MoBoy blog.


  1. Congratulations on the publication of your new book, that is quite an accomplishment! Liddy

  2. The news of your new book is awesome,Mark!Congratulations,can't wait to get my copy Really enjoy your blog,keep up the good work! Tommy B



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