First and foremost, what exactly is a stew? Wikipedia defines a stew as "a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy".1The invention of pottery, nearly 12,000 years ago,> allowed for cooking, storing, and serving of food.2 It is possible that stewing could be as old as the pottery that it would have been cooked in, but it is difficult to pinpoint when exactly humankind began using this cooking method. One of the earliest texts that refers to stew making is the "Apicius de re Coquinaria", a collection of Roman recipes from the 4th or 5th century.3

With very little effort and very little money, a stew can become a tasty and delectable dish, making it an ideal candidate for Bachelor Chow. The best thing about stews is how flexible and easy they are. There are no ingredients absolutely necessary that aren't commonly found in most pantries. Often times, even when a common ingredient is missing it can easily be substituted with something just as common.

Interested in trying out some simple but delicious stew recipes? Check out our suggestions:
Lamb Stew with Dill Sauce
Chicken Curry

1 "Stew." Wikipedia. 03 Nov 2010. 16 Nov 2010.
2 Hirst, K. Kris. "Invention of Pottery." About.18 Nov 2010.
3 Ehler, James T. "History of Stew." Food Reference. 18 Nov 2010.