My Dad's Cast Iron Pan


I chose to write about a cast iron pan that has been passed down throughout my family. At this moment, my father owns the pan. The first owner of the pan was my grandmother who bought it in her hometown, ,Vienna, Austria, where she was born in 1944. When she first saw the cast iron pan, she was immediately enamored with it. She bought it and used it heavily while living in Austria. In the late 1960s, she immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri and did not want to leave behind her precious pan so she took it with her. Cast iron is more sought after because it is more durable and better for cooking than a traditional pan. It retains heat very well and so it is good for searing foods. The fact that my family has been cooking with it across multiple generations and half of a century is a testament to its durability. My dad loves to cook and when he does he almost always uses the cast iron pan.  Whenever my grandma comes to visit and sees my dad using the pan, she is overjoyed.  This pan is incredibly significant in my family due to my grandmother having used it decades ago. When my father was young, my grandmother would cook for him using the pan, and now my father uses it to cook for me.

Place(s): Austria. St. Louis. New York.

– Will Levi

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant