My parents have All-Clad and I love it, and I am sort of (not completely!) used to cooking with it. Naturally I registered for it as I am getting married soon. Thanks to this website I realize that there are many other wonderful types of pots 'n pans out there. Can you please recommend something equivalent to All-Clad in quality that is more lightweight or just easier to handle? I am petite and frequently have to use two hands if I am moving a pot to the sink to pour out something. If there is not I will manage my own way!
Also want to add I love this website! I was fortunate enough to grow up with two parents that enjoy cooking so I have been spoiled with All-Clad, Emile Henry, French porcelain bakeware that I can't pronounce, all the tools I ever needed, old-school vintage tools and corningware meanwhile thinking all of it was the norm. It's fun to learn about all of the other great cookware out there. My fiance has really crappy nonstick cookware, he eats the soup straight out of a pot with a metal spoon. His only other tools were cheap plastic spoons and spatulas with melted spots on them. The blender leaks. I have been chopping food for 3 years with dull steak knives with warped wooden handles. He asked me why the All-Clad is necessary, and what is wrong with the pots you can get from Walmart! Fortunately I work for a company that is a Foodservice distributor so I have been able to collect some things. He will appreciate my expensive cookware choices in the end I think.