And nothing says studly woodsman like a cast iron kettle over a roaring blaze searing a hunk of red meat. You get extra manly points if you tracked and hunted down the meat yourself.
That's why they should be used, as often as possible, over wood fires, coals or the open flame of your choice.
But cast iron is a favorite of female chefs as well. Julia Child's kitchen, displayed at the National Museum of American History, features plenty of cast iron cookware.
So skip the Orgreenic ceramic non-stick fry pan, hard anodized nonstick griddle, or any of the other "As Seen on TV" fare. Go to the junk store and get something that will last.
Better yet, see if grandma's old cast iron pans are still around. It'll be a fine way to remember her.
Tim Krohn can be contacted at email@example.com or 344-6383.