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New to quality cookware - what to buy (and difference between stainless steel and enamel)?

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New to quality cookware - what to buy (and difference between stainless steel and enamel)?

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cmm3 | | Feb 9, 2011 07:46 PM

Hi

I am interested in buying good cookware. I currently have falling apart IKEA pieces.

I am a beginning cook and and am quickly replacing the items in my kitchen with quality items.

I have identified All-Clad 18/10 stainless, Cuisinart MultiClad, Riess and Le Creuset as being the companies I am considering.

I have read quite a bit on chowhound and I have tried out All-Clad's handles and they are fine to me…

Is stainless steel or enamel cookware considered superior? How do I decide which one is better for my needs?

Also, what would you recommend that I purchase for my first pieces? I suppose I need a 10 and 12 inch frying pans, a 4 quart sauce pan, a 2 quart sauce pan, but cannot think of what else?

Also, what utensils would you recommend?

Thank you!

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