Buying Cookware in the US vs in France


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Buying Cookware in the US vs in France

ms.nita | | May 8, 2010 12:29 PM

My husband and I are moving to France in September to be closer to his family, so we have started thinking of what to leave behind vs. what to bring along. I've used the Kitchenaid Non-stick Gourmet Essentials 10-Pc for over 5 years now; we received it as a wedding present . I have used every single piece to good effect, especially considering we had crappy electric stove burners in our rental apartment. However, the non-stick coating has been flaking and chipping for a while now, and I am ready to toss the entire set and start over.

I love cooking, cook all types of cuisines, and usually have all 4 elements going at once. My dream set is the All-Clad Copper Core 10 pc set ( 10", 12" frypans, 2 & 4 quart saute pans, 4 quart saucepan, 8 qt stockpot), which I plan to supplement with a nonstick 10-inch frypan, a Le Creuset Cast Iron casserole and a Crepe Pan (that I will most probably buy in France).

My question is, would I be better off buying my new cookware set before moving (weight is of minimal concern; my husband's company is paying to move our things)? I'm embarassed to say I'm not aware of the sort of cookware I can purchase in France, and also, of the cost relative to what I can get in the US.

I am open to most brands of cookware, quality matters more, though I will be frank and admit that All-Clad is a real stretch for us to afford. For health reasons, I would prefer stainless steel, and I would also be looking for induction ready cookware.

Any suggestions you might have would be most helpful!! Thank you

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